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Trio of UTEP Men’s Golfers Honored as Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars

NORMAN, Ok. – UTEP 2018 graduates Charles Corner and Nicklas Pihl, and rising senior Settavut Paradee were recognized for their outstanding performances in the classroom as well as the golf course.

The trio of UTEP men’s golfers were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Wednesday. Corner, Pihl and Paradee were among a record 265 student-athletes in Division I who were honored.

Scholars for Division I must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

For Corner and Pihl, it is their second year in a row being honored by the GCAA.

Corner and Pihl each recently graduated with a degree in finance, while the pair were also named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. Paradee was named to the C-USA Honor Roll for a third straight year.

Corner is coming off a spectacular season, leading the Miners in top 10 finishes (five), while being the top finisher in five events during the 2017-18 season. Corner played in 14 tournaments, including the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. On the season, Corner produced a team-best 72.1 stroke average.

Pihl played in 12 tournaments and finished as the top Miner three times, including the 2018 C-USA Championship in Texarkana, Ark. Pihl tallied a 73.9 stroke average.

Paradee played in 12 tournaments and fashioned a 74.8 stroke average. Paradee tied as the top UTEP finisher at the Gene Miranda Invitational in Colorado Springs, Co.

UTEP’s Charles Corner to Receive Postgraduate Scholarship

IRVING  – NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship participant Charles Corner has been named one of 14 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award, as announced by Conference USA officials on Wednesday.

This is the 10th year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually awards the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

Corner was voted the 2018 MVP for UTEP men’s golf after captaining the Miners during his senior season, and was named to the Men’s Golf All-Conference USA second team. The Canada native graduated with a 3.6 in finance and garnered C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll honors four times and was twice named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar.

Corner is planning on attending UTEP for his MBA in business and financial analysis in August.

The UTEP standout finished with a share of third place out of 75 competitors in the NCAA Pacific Region to advance to the NCAA Championships. Corner was the first UTEP golfer to secure a spot in the national championships since Chris Baryla accomplished the feat in 2004.

UTEP’s Corner Finishes in Top-100 at NCAA Championships

STILLWATER, Ok. – On college golf’s biggest stage, UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner finished his collegiate career in the top-100 of the field, firing a tournament total of 11-over 227 (79-74-74) at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72/ 7,460 yards).

Corner’s final round of 74 boosted him 32 spots up the leaderboard for a share of 96th place, but was eight strokes back of the last qualifying individual spot.

“Charles fought every day,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “On this course, the slightest mistake made, you paid dearly for, and we knew that coming in, but he continued to fight and play well. He has been a fantastic ambassador for our program.”

Corner was off to a steady start on hole No. 10 before carding his first birdie on hole No. 14 to bring him to 1-over par. He tacked on three more birdies to close out his round, including a birdie on his last shot. The Canada product finished the finals run with nine birdies and 28 pars.

“Clearly Charlie did not play as well as he liked, but this is as good of a test as it is in college golf,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s difficult, but fair. Coming here (Karsten Creek) is just a completely new world. I’m very proud of Charlie and everything he’s done.”

The top-15 teams making the cut to the final round of stroke play on Monday include Duke, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas A&M, Kent State, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Clemson, Arizona State, Illinois and North Carolina.

The nine individuals not on an advancing team who made the cut to the final round of stroke play are Broc Everett (Augusta), Philip Knowles (North Florida), Isaiah Salinda (Stanford), Norman Xiong (Oregon), Cole Madey (UCLA), Patrick Fishburn (Brigham Young), Shintaro Ban (UNLV), Justin Kim (UNLV) and Daniel Sutton (Kansas).

Corner finished his UTEP career as the first golfer in 14 years to advance to the finals.

The two-time Conference USA Second Team selection was the only conference player on the national stage and the first golfer in head coach Scott Lieberwirth’s career to advance to the finals. Corner finished at the top of the Miners’ scorecard in four of five spring tournaments and notched four top-five finishes this season.

Adding to his resume, he has earned two C-USA Golfer of the Week honors in his career and was one of five C-USA golfers named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team.

Corner, who earned his bachelor’s degree in finance on May 12, is a multi-C-USA Academic Honor Roll member, C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient and was a Golf Coaches Association of America Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in 2017.

Corner Moves Up Leaderboard at NCAA Championships

STILLWATER, Ok. – Four birdies helped UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner move up the leaderboard after firing a round two score of 74 for a 9-over 153 (79-74) tournament total at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72/ 7,460 yards) in Stillwater on Saturday.

Corner is now tied for 128th out of 156 competitors. Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno took command of the field lead with a 6-under 138 (72-66) total, while Texas Tech paces all teams with its 5-under 571 (284-287) score.

Teeing off on hole No. 10, Corner finished the back-nine with back-to-back birdies, then added two more on holes No. 1 and No. 9. Corner now has five birdies total through the two rounds and tacked on 19 pars.

Round three of stroke play at Karsten Creek will tee off Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. MT., Corner will tee off at 1:12 p.m. MT. At the conclusion of play, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on an advancing team.

The remaining teams and players will advance to Monday’s fourth and final round of stroke play.

Live stats are available via golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Corner Opens NCAA Championships

STILLWATER, Ok. – UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner opened round one of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, shooting a round of 7-over 79 at the Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72/ 7,460 yards) in Stillwater on Friday.

Corner, representing UTEP at the finals for the first time since 2004, carded a birdie on a Par 5 on hole No. 14 and nine pars in his round. Unofficial standings have Corner in a tie for 149th out of 156 competitors, with half of the field still playing. A rain delay in the morning postponed tee times.

UNLV’s Shintaro Ban and Northwestern’s Ryan Lumsden pace the field with their 5-under 67 score. As a unit, Northwestern is leading the field after firing 8-under 280.

Round two of the finals will begin tomorrow morning, Corner is set to tee off at 1:32 p.m. MT.

After the third day of stroke play on Sunday, May 27, the top 15 teams and top nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. The advancing teams and individuals will then play one more round of stroke play on Monday, May 28, to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play, as well as the 72-hole individual champion.

Live stats for all rounds are available at www.golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Charles Corner Heads to NCAA Championships

For the first time in 14 years, UTEP men’s golf will be represented at the NCAA Championships as Charles Corner heads to Stillwater, Oklahopma for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships May 25-30 at the Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72/7,460 yards).

Finals play consists of three days of stroke play Friday through Sunday (54 holes), after which the top-15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined.

A final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday will determine the top-eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on May 29, with the finals following on May 30.

“This is super exciting for Charlie and myself, but its about Charlie,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It’s awesome for him and for our program. We’re ready to go have some fun and see the competition at the top college level. It’s a big stage, but once the tournament starts, it’s just golf. ”

Making up the 30-team field, by seed, is Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Illinois, Baylor, Texas Tech, Clemson, Texas, North Carolina, Brigham Young, Kansas, Stanford, Arkansas, Arizona State, UNLV, North Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, Duke, Kent State, Oregon, Northwestern, NC State, Iowa State, Central Florida and Augusta.

Out of the 156 competitors, Corner will join the six individual qualifiers as the no. 5 seed, taking the field with Kyle Mueller (Michigan), Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss), George Cunningham (Arizona), Joshua McCarthy (Pepperdine) and Pontus Nyholm (Campbell).

UTEP’s Corner Advances to NCAA Men’s Golf Championships

STOCKTON, Ca. – UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner pieced together three phenomenal rounds for the best tournament of his career at the NCAA Pacific Regional on Wednesday, finishing with a share of third place out of 75 competitors and in turn securing one of six individual spots at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

Corner punched his ticket to Stillwater, Okla. for the May 25-27 event after shooting three rounds of 69 for a 9-under 207 total at The Reserve at Spanos Park Regional Course (par 72/ 7,239) in Stockton, Calif. The Canada product is the first UTEP golfer to advance to the national championships since Chris Baryla accomplished the feat in 2004.

Kansas, Stanford, Iowa State, Alabama and Oregon claimed the five team spots advancing to the national championships. Corner product finished higher than 14 ranked players, including the No. 2 player in the country, Justin Suh from Southern California.

“It feels amazing, it was a goal of mine to finish off my career like this and win as low individual,” Charles Corner said. “I knew coming into the week the chances were low considering how many players were here so it feels amazing to cap off my career like this and keep the postseason rolling.”

Corner recorded six birdies in the final round, including a string of three from holes No. 4 through No. 6, and only bogeyed once. He finished with 14 total birdies in the tournament and 36 pars.

It was a down-to-the-wire fight for the top individual spot for Corner and his tournament-pairing partner Blake Tomlinson of Utah, which was decided at the 17th hole. Corner was one shot in front of Tomlison leading up to hole No. 17 when he hit a tough shot up to the front edge of the green, almost into the water hazard. Tomlison hit next, but his shot fell into the water, giving Corner a three-stroke lead heading into the final hole. Corner made a par to secure the berth to the national championship and keep his final season rolling.

“Charlie played fantastic, his putting game was the best I’ve seen without question, absolutely incredible, unbelievable,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We knew that we wanted Stanford and Oregon to play well as a team because it took two individuals off the board. When they [Stanford and Oregon] did, when it was clear that they were both going to advance, that was around the time we were making the turn. That kind of cleared the way for Charlie. As far as him knowing [he was advancing], he really didn’t know until I think the 17 fairway.”

The two-time Conference USA Second Team selection will be the only conference player on the national stage and the first golfer in Lieberwirth’s career to advance to the championships.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to coach at the national championship,” Lieberwirth said. “It’ll be special for both of us. I’m so proud of Charlie and what he’s done for our program and what he’s going to continue to do next week in Stillwater [Okla.].”

The top five teams and the top individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites – Kissimmee, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Norman, Oklahoma; Stockton, California, and Bryan, Texas make up the 156 participants that will compete in the finals at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University.

Finals play consists of three days of stroke play on Friday, May 25 thru Sunday, May 27 (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday, May 28 to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, May 29, followed by finals on Wednesday, May 30.

Live stats for the national championships will be available via www.golfstat.com.

Corner Moves to a Share of Sixth at NCAA Pacific Regional

STOCKTON, Ca. – Charles Corner mirrored his round one score, firing a blistering round of 69 for a 6-under 138 (69-69) tournament total and a share of sixth place after round two of the NCAA Pacific Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park (par 72/7,239 yards) in Stockton on Tuesday.

Corner trails only Norman Xiong, the No. 5 ranked player in the nation out of Oregon, in the fight for the low-individual advancement to the national championship, as Alabama (-14), Iowa State (-14), Kansas (-13), Stanford (-8), and TCU (-7) make the top-5 of the field.

Xiong is three strokes ahead of Corner with a 9-under 135 (68-67) score and sole possession of second place. The third and final round will begin tomorrow morning, Corner will tee off at 10:04 a.m. PT.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Ok.

Corner stayed even-par through three holes to start his round before his first birdie on hole No. 4. He would pick up three more on the back-nine and only bogey once for his stellar round.

The Canada product is tied for second in the field in Par 3 scoring (2.88 Avg./-1 Sc.) and third in Par 4 scoring (3.90 Avg./-2 Sc.) while bringing his birdie total to eight. Corner has collected 26 pars and has only bogeyed twice in the tournament.

Live stats for the last round of the regional are available at www.golfstat.com.

Corner Tied for Eighth After Day One of NCAA Regional

STOCKTON, Ca. – UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner picked up four birdies to help him to a round of 69 and a tie for eighth place after one round of the NCAA Pacific Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park (par 72/ 7,239 yards) on Monday.

Corner, playing as an individual, is two strokes out of the lead and ranks third out of 75 among the individual competition. The top individual not on an advancing team will move on to the national championship May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Iowa State is leading the field as a team with 10-under 278, while a three-way tie between Daniel Sutton (Kansas), Brandon Wu (Stanford), and individual Ryan Han pace the field with 5-under 67.

The recent UTEP graduate and lone Miner representative shot three birdies on the front nine, including consecutive birdies on holes No. 5 and No. 6, and only bogeyed once in his opening day run. He is tied for second in both Par 3 scoring (3.00 avg./E Sc.) and Par 4 scoring (3.80 Avg./-2 Sc.) while also ranking in a tie for fourth in the field in birdies with four and second on the leaderboard in pars with 13.

The NCAA Pacific Regional will continue tomorrow and run through Wednesday, with the low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional punching their ticket to the finals.

Live stats are available at golfstat.com

UTEP’s Corner Begins NCAA Regional Golf Run on Monday

After UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner walks across the Don Haskins Center stage to receive his diploma on Saturday, he’ll hop on a plane to California immediately after to prep for his run at the NCAA California Regional on Monday, May 14 with the first round of stroke play.

Competition at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Ca., hosted by University of the Pacific, will run through Wednesday, May 16, with the highest-finishing individual not on an advancing team punching their ticket to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Corner, who completed his bachelor’s degree in finance, was one of 10 individuals selected to participate in the event, marking his second appearance at an NCAA Regional tournament and the first time he will compete as an individual.

Last season, he joined the Miners at the Washington regional where they competed as a team. Corner spearheaded the UTEP run all tournament and finished in a tie for 22nd.

“Having some experience playing a tournament of this magnitude is going to help [Corner],” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “He [Corner] knows what it looks like and feels like, he knows exactly what to expect. I think his game is going to fit very well to the course that we’re going to. The weather looks good, so I would assume there’s going to be quite a few birdies made. Charlie, on score-able courses, does tend to make quite a few birdies, so that part lines up. I’ve always felt the strength in his game is his putting, so that’s essentially what it’s going to be. If he can get hot with the putter and get his birdie game up, then he’s going to be well-positioned to get through.”

Taking the course alongside Corner will be 13 teams to include top-seed and No. 6 nationally-ranked LSU, No. 8 Alabama, No. 16 Stanford, No. 19 Southern California, Oregon, TCU, Colorado, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Iowa State, UNC Greensboro, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State.

Southern California boasts the No. 2 ranked player in the country in Justin Suh, while Oregon has Norman Xiong, ranked No. 5 in the country. Individual competitors include Carl Yuan (Washington), Riley Elmes (Loyola Marymount), Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Felix Mory (CSU-Northridge), Blake Tomlinson (Utah), Henry Kee (Washington), Jeremy Gandon (Kansas State), Ryan Han (UC Davis), and Michael Christifulli (Siena).

“He’s [Corner] competed very well in some of our more difficult events,” Lieberwirth said. “We know there’s going to be a ton of good players there, you’re going to have two of the top five players in the country in that field. You don’t know who the teams are that are going to advance and typically there’s some really strong individual play from somebody on a team that doesn’t advance. Anything outside the top-five, we would pretty much feel like that’s not going to be enough to get through to the championship.”

Since taking the reigns of the program in 2011, Liberwirth has had a UTEP golfer make an appearance in an NCAA Regional in six out of seven years. Former Miner Martin Simonsen made it in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and Frederik Drier, another notable golf alum, made his solo appearance in 2016.

UTEP sent the whole team to the NCAA Washington Regional in 2017 after winning the Conference USA Championship. Corner will continue that run in 2018.

“He’s got to go out and play his best,” Lieberwirth said. “Just like any other tournament, we don’t want to consume ourselves with the position we are currently standing in. He’s got a job to do of playing the best golf he knows how. Let the other guys shoot what they shoot, Charlie can only control Charlie.”

Corner’s post-season run was earned at the end of a phenomenal senior season. The Canada product earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Conference Second Team for the second consecutive year and finished his career with two Golfer of the Week honors. Corner was the Miners’ top finisher in four of five spring tournaments, notched three top-five finishes, and constructed a 72.4 stroke average. His second-place showing at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational helped lift the Miners to a team crown.

Corner’s excellence in the classroom did not go unnoticed, as he was one of five C-USA golfers named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team. He is also a multi-C-USA Academic Honor Roll member, C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient and was a Golf Coaches Association of America Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in 2017.

“We’re going to miss Charlie,” Lieberwirth said. “I’m very proud of everything he’s done athletically and academically, he’s been a great representative of our program.”

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will take place beginning Monday, with 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams.

The low-five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University is the host institution for the 2018 championships.

Live stats for the regional tournament will be available via golfstat.com.

UTEP Golf’s Corner Named to CUSA All Conference Team, Will Head to NCAA Championships

It was a kudos-filled Wednesday for UTEP Golfer and Senior Charles Corner, as he was named to the C-USA All-Conference Second Team and will be headed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

Corner was selected as one of 10 individuals participating in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee announced Wednesday.  Earlier in the day, and for the second consecutive year, Corner earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Conference Second Team list.

Corner finished his collegiate career with two conference second-team selections, two Golfer of the Week honors, a spot on the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic team as well as a 2017 Conference USA Championship.

“It’s been a great year,” Corner said. “I’m very excited to get this award.”

The Canada product paced the team as the Miners’ top finisher in four of five spring tournaments. He most recently finished in a tie for 31st at the Conference USA Championship, where the team took eighth. Corner constructed a team-best 71.5 stroke average through 12 events with three top-five finishes. His second-place showing at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational lifted UTEP to a team crown.

Corner helped the Miners finish the year with one tournament title and eight top-10 finishes, include three top-five finishes, in 12 tournaments this season.

As for the NCAA Championship schedule, six 54-hole regional tournaments will take place, Corner will head to Stockton, Calif. to compete at The Reserve at Spanos Park, hosted by University of the Pacific May 14-16.

It will mark Corner’s second appearance at an NCAA Regional tournament and the first time he will compete as an individual. Last season, he joined the Miners at the Washington regional where they competed as a team. Corner spearheaded the UTEP run all tournament and finished in a tie for 22nd.

Corner will be competing as an individual amongst 13 teams to include regional top-seed LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Southern California, Oregon, TCU, Colorado, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Iowa State, UNC Greensboro, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State. Individual competitors include Carl Yuan (Washington), Riley Elmes (Loyola Marymount), Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Felix Mory (CSU-Northridge), Blake Tomlinson (Utah), Henry Kee (Washington), Jeremy Gandon (Kansas State), Ryan Han (UC Davis), and Michael Christifulli (Siena).

Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University is the host institution for the 2018 championships.

Live stats for the regional tournament will be available via golfstat.com.

UTEP Golf’s Corner Named to 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team

IRVING, Texas – For his work on the golf course and the classroom, UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner was recognized by Conference USA as one of five men’s golf student-athletes named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team, the league announced Friday.

“He’s [Corner] is a phenomenal student-athlete,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “He does everything right, in the classroom he works really hard and he’s really successful and it translates over to the golf course as well. He’s been our best player this year and I’m really proud of Charlie and what he’s brought to our program. He’s been a great player, a great student and a good ambassador of our program. This is a very high honor and he’s extremely worthy of it.”

Corner made his way onto the all-academic squad with a 3.60 in finance. The Canada product is a returner from the 2017 C-USA championship squad, and has finished at the top of the Miner scorecard in four of five spring tournaments. He has constructed a team-best 71.5 stroke average through 10 events with three top-five finishes.

His second-place showing at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational lifted UTEP to a team crown. Corner is a multi-C-USA Honor Roll winner and Academic Medal recipient and was also an all-conference second team selection and a Golf Coaches Association of America Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar.

Also making the all-academic list was Marshall’s Alex Weiss, Middle Tennessee duo James Beckner and Chip Thomas, and Rice’s Mitchell Meissner.

The Miners will begin their quest to defend their C-USA title beginning April 22 through April 25 at the Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, AR.

Live Stats will be available here.

Three UTEP Men’s Golfers Honored for Academics

NORMAN, Ok.- Three UTEP men’s golfers were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom as well as the golf course.

Returning seniors Charles Corner and Nicklas Pihl along with recent graduate Frederik Dreier were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for Division I, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday. The trio was among the new record number of student-athletes that earned All-America Scholar status, which totaled 260 in Division I.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade point average of 3.2. High moral character and good standing at the potential recipient’s university is also factored in.

Corner, Pihl, and Dreier were all named to the 2016-17 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, for keeping a GPA of 3.0 or better, and have maintained their stay on the honor roll since arriving at UTEP.

Two-time C-USA Golfer of the Year Dreier recorded a team-leading 71.4 stroke average in 13 tournaments while Corner, a C-USA second team selection, finished the year with a 72.6 stroke average while participating in 12 tournaments. Pihl, competing in 12 tournaments, finished the year with a 74.0 stroke average.

The trio was also part of the 2017 Conference USA Championship team and made the trip to the NCAA Washington Regional.

UTEP’s Corner Named Conference USA Golfer of the Week

IRVING, Texas- For his efforts toward a share of eighth place at the prestigious 71st Annual Western Intercollegiate, UTEP men’s golfer Charles Corner was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the first time on Wednesday.

“He’s [Corner] been playing great all spring, I’m very happy for him,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “To get a top-10 [finish] in an event that strong, that’s a huge confidence boost to continue on through the rest of the season. His game is right there and I’m convinced he’s got all the capability to breakthrough and even win the conference individually. The state of his game is in a great spot, as good as it’s been in the three years he’s been here.”

Climbing three spots after the final round, Corner spearheaded the Miners’ charge at the Intercollegiate, firing a two-over-par 212 (72-69-71) to top his team’s scorecard and help the Miners to a seventh-place finish. The team bested No. 17 Texas, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 32 San Diego State after shooting 1,084 (361-356-367) in the 15-team field, which included eight nationally-ranked teams.

“A third of the way through the final round I heard I was in fourth place at one point and I just stuck to my game plan and kept doing my thing,” Corner said. “It came down to a pretty good score on the final day. It’s good to get those results, especially this time of the year when we need to finish off strong before conference, so its defiantly really positive and good for the team.”

Of the 96 players in the tournament, only three shot under par. Corner’s score was better than 19 players ranked in the Golfstat Top 100, including six of the top-10 players.

A junior from Cayuga, Ontario, Canada has recorded a 72.5 scoring average, third-best on the UTEP squad. He has tallied three top-10 finishes this year in 10 tournaments, with his work at the Western Intercollegiate marking the first time he was the top finisher for UTEP this year.

Corner is the third Miner to earn the C-USA Golfer of the Week honor this season. Andreas Sorensen earned his first recognition the week of September 14 and Frederik Dreier got the nod on October 19.

“It gives me and the team a lot of momentum,” Corner said. “We finished pretty well [at the Western Intercollegiate], we beat a lot of good schools that are ranked better than us so that’s always nice.”

Corner and the rest of the UTEP squad will head to the Conference USA Championships April 23-26 in Texarkana, Ark.

“I think everyone is pretty pumped up that we beat Texas and some high ranked teams, that’s only going to carry over and do good things for us. Those are some big wins, so its good for us to know we can compete against those [ranked] schools going into conference play.”

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