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Three Miners named All-America Scholars by the GCAA

A trio of UTEP men’s golfers have been awarded for their efforts in the classroom and on the links with Oskar Ambrosius, Santiago Castilla and Eduardo Gonzalez being named Second Wave Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

This past season, Ambrosius led UTEP with a 72.0 stroke average in 21 rounds, while he claimed four top 10 finishes and was also the Miners’ top finisher on four occasions.

Gonzalez averaged 73.5 strokes in 21 rounds with one top 10 finish, while Castilla posted a stroke average of 74.6 in four tournaments and 12 rounds of golf.

An additional 404 student-athletes were recognized with the award in the second nomination period, with a total of 1,018 players earning the award.

Of the 404 honorees in the second wave, 194 players were Division I selections, 87 in Division II, 81 in Division III, 27 from NAIA, and 11 from NJCAA. 2020 marks the first year in which Sophomores are eligible for the award.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate’s Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA.

In addition, they must have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. For 2019-20 only, they must participate in 40% of the team’s competitive rounds.

Overall, the Miners posted a 3.35 team GPA over the course of the 2019-20 academic year.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Golf’s Ambrosius named Second Team All-Conference USA

UTEP’s Oskar Ambrosius was named to the 2020 Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Conference Team, it was announced by the league office on Thursday.

Ambrosius garnered second team accolades for his performance in 2019-20, marking the seventh straight year a Miner golfer has been voted to the all-conference team.

Ambrosius competed in all seven tournaments for UTEP during the 2019-20 season and registered a 72.0 stroke average in 21 rounds to lead the Miners. He was UTEP’s top finisher in four of the seven events he played, including finishing in the top 10 on four separate occasions.

He finished the shortened spring season ranked 14th in Conference USA according to Golfstat.

On September 19, he was named Conference USA Co-Golfer of the Week after taking home the title at the CSU Ram Masters Invitational with a career-low three-round total of 201 (-9), including a career-low round of 65.

Additionally, Ambrosius finished in fourth place in the first event of the fall season at the Gene Miranda Invitational after shooting 6-under par (74-68-68—210).

He also tied for ninth at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate after firing a 2-under par, while he tied for fourth at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate after shooting 1-under par to close out the fall.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf,  follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

2020 C-USA MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

All-Conference USA First Team

John Gough, Charlotte

Mac Murphy, Louisiana Tech

Jake Benson, Rice

William Walker III, UAB

Murray Naysmith, UAB

All-Conference USA Second Team

Marc Boucher, Charlotte

Tanner Owens, Middle Tennessee

Gustav Fransson, Old Dominion

Oskar Ambrosius, UTEP

Linus Lo, WKU

All-Conference USA Third Team

Alex Maguire, Florida Atlantic

Viktor Forslund, North Texas

Ben Reichert, UAB

Khavish Varadan, UAB

Christian Fanfelle, UTSA

Conference USA All-Freshman Team

Dongjin Park, Charlotte

Alex Maguire, Florida Atlantic

Robbie Latter, Southern Miss

Thongpipat Rattanayanon, Southern Miss

Khavish Varadan, UAB

C-USA Player of the Year

John Gough, Charlotte

C-USA Freshman of the Year

Khavish Varadan, UAB

C-USA Coach of the Year

Mike Wilson, UAB

UTEP Golf’s Mendizabal earns First Team All-Conference Honors

UTEP women’s golfer Valeria Mendizabal earned First Team All-Conference USA honors, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Mendizabal represented the Miners as one of five student-athletes to be named to the first team after competing in all seven tournaments for UTEP in 2019-20. She is the first Miner to earn first team accolades since Camino Sardinero in 2015.

This past season, Mendizabal ranked first in Conference USA after compiling a career-best 71.6 stroke average in 20 rounds, which also ranked first on the team. She was UTEP’s top finisher six out of seven times, including two first-place finishes on the year. She finished in the top 10 in every tournament during the fall and once during the spring before the season was cut short.

The junior also earned C-USA Golfer of the Week honors three times during the season.

Mendizabal never shot worse than 75 in a single round throughout the course of the year and she became the first Miner to win multiple tournaments in a season since the 2006-07 campaign.

The junior shot a career-low 65 in the second round of the Little Rock Classic to help clinch first place individually after shooting 8-under par with a score of 208 (71-65-72). Her second-round 65 fired in Little Rock marked the best in the event’s history and broke UTEP’s single-round scoring record.

Her total of 208 at the Little Rock Classic was also the second-lowest individual scorecard in tournament history

Mendizabal also brought home first place in the 2019 fall opener after shooting 1-under par with a 212 (69-75-68) at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or click here to visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

2020 C-USA WOMEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

All-Conference USA First Team (5)

Ashley Fowler, Charlotte

Siarra Stout, Charlotte

Lauren Cox, North Texas

Jana Melichova, Old Dominion

Valeria Mendizabal, UTEP

All-Conference USA Second Team (5)

Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, Charlotte

Justine Fournand, Florida Atlantic

Audrey Tan, North Texas

Leah Onosato, Old Dominion

Tia Teiniketo, UAB

All-Conference USA Third Team (6)

Jillian Farrell, Charlotte

Ellinor Sudow, Charlotte

Sophie Burks, Middle Tennessee

Patricia Sinolungan, North Texas

Friend Chompitakdacha, Southern Miss

Ana Gonzalez, UTSA

Women’s Golfer of the Year

Ashley Fowler, Charlotte

Freshman of the Year

Justine Fournand, Florida Atlantic

Most Improved Golfer of the Year

Tia Teiniketo, UAB

Coach of the Year

Holly Clark, Charlotte

UTEP Women’s Golf recognized by NCAA for Academic Excellence

The UTEP Women’s Golf program earned national recognition by the NCAA on Tuesday for excelling academically in the past year.

“I am proud of the team for their hard work in the classroom,” head coach Jere Pelletier said. “Traditionally, we do well as a team in the classroom. We are always striving to have the highest GPA of all the teams. Several years ago, we won the national GPA award for all of women’s golf. Academics are always a priority for us and I am proud of the team for this accomplishment.”

The NCAA recognized nearly 1,400 Division I programs, including UTEP Women’s Golf, from 326 schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

Recently, UTEP’s entire 2019-20 roster also earned spots on Conference USA’s annual Commissioner’s Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Additionally, three Miners were named Conference USA Academic Medalists for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. Those three student-athletes honored were Abbie Anghelescu, Sophie Delfosse and Valeria Mendizabal.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards by the NCAA increased to 1,380, up by 52 from the previous academic year, largely due to an increase in squads with perfect scores. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,266, an increase of 52 teams from last year.

Of the teams recognized, 499 competed in men’s or mixed sports and 881 competed in women’s sports. Every women’s team earning a Public Recognition Award this year also earned a perfect score.

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 19. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

UTEP Women’s Golf wraps up action in Hawaii

KANE’OHE, O’AHU – The UTEP Women’s Golf team closed out play at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on Wednesday afternoon with the Miners finishing in 12th place at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.

As a team, the Miners posted a total score of 915 (305-301-309), while individually, UTEP was once again led by Valeria Mendizabal, who finished tied for 13th place with a three-round total of 219 (72-73-74).

In the opening round on Tuesday, the Miners shot 305 (+17) as a team to end the first 18 holes tied for 12th place. Mendizabal led the charge for UTEP in the first round, shooting even par (72) to tie for eighth entering the afternoon.

UTEP shaved a few shots off their score total in the second round on Tuesday afternoon after the team posted a score of 301 (+13) to improve one spot on the leaderboard. The Miners were paced by freshman Sophie Delfosse, who shot 1-under 71 in the round to close out the day in the top 20 individually.

The third and final round saw UTEP post a team total of 309 (+21) to wrap up the event in 13th place after three rounds of play. Mendizabal was steady for the Miners after leading the way with a third-round score of 74 to end the weekend at 3-over par and tied for 13th place.

Arizona State took home the team and individual titles at this year’s Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational after shooting 12-under par as a unit with Linn Grant leading the way for the Wildcats with a score of 209 (-7) to finish in first place.

In addition to Mendizabal’s performance on the island this week, Delfosse was UTEP’s second-highest finisher with a three-round total of 224 (76-71-77) to finish tied for 29th place.

UTEP’s Audrey Haddad closed out the tournament with a total score of 237 (+21) after posting rounds of 80, 81 and 76 over three rounds. Taylor Stone finished the event with a three-round total of 242 (+26) after shooting 81, 79 and 82 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Abbie Anghelescu competed for the Miners on Tuesday, shooting 77 and 78 in the opening two rounds, but the UTEP senior was forced to sit out the final day of action due to illness.

Next up, UTEP returns to the links March 30-31 when the Miners travel to compete in the Fresno State Classic at Copper River Country Club in Fresno, California.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP moves up five spots in final round at GCU Invite

PHOENIX  – UTEP’s Women’s Golf team improved five spots on the leaderboard on Sunday to finish fifth in the final round of the GCU Invite in Phoenix.

Sunday’s second round capped off the event, which was originally scheduled for three rounds before rainy weather on Saturday in Phoenix forced tournament officials to cut the event short.

After finishing the first round in 10th place, the Miners shaved 11 shots off its team total on Sunday to shoot 293 (+5) on the day and finish the event in fifth out of 14 teams.

UTEP finished the first day by shooting 304 (+16) as a team and ended the weekend at 21-over with a two-round team score of 597. Grand Canyon took home the team title after shooting even par (576) for the tournament.

The Miners were led by Valeria Mendizabal, who shot even par (72) on Sunday to move up into a tie for eighth individually. Mendizabal shot 73 (+1) in the opening round to end Saturday’s first round tied for 13th. Over two rounds, the junior from Guatemala shot 1-over with a score of 145 on the weekend.

UTEP’s Sophie Delfosse led the Miners in the second round after shooting 1-under 71 on Sunday, while she finished the event tied for 18th with a two-round total of 149 (+5). Audrey Haddad (77, 76) and Abbie Anghelescu (79, 74) both finished the weekend in a tie for 36th after posting scores of 153 (+9) over two rounds.

Taylor Stone finished the weekend by shooting 76 on Saturday and 84 on Sunday for a two-round total of 160 (+16). UTEP’s Crystal Wu competed as an individual at this weekend’s tournament and finished the event with scores of 79 and 77 for a total score of 156 (+12).

UTEP returns to action March 10-11 when the Miners travel to the Hawaiian Islands to compete in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Miners Wrap Up Day 1 in Hawaii

LIHU’E, Kaua’i – The UTEP Men’s Golf team wrapped up the opening day of the John Burns Intercollegiate tied for 13th on Thursday at the Wailua Golf Course in Hawaii.

In Thursday’s opening round of play, the Miners finished the day 10-over-par with a team total of 298, while UNC Wilmington and BYU are atop the leaderboard at 1-under-par with identical scores of 287 in the first round.

UTEP was led by Oskar Ambrosius, who finished the day in a tie for 24th after shooting 73 (+1) on Thursday. Both Eduardo Gonzalez and Santiago Castilla each closed out the first day of competition in a tie for 38th after the two Miners shot 74 (+2) through the first 18 holes.

UTEP’s Greg Yellin wrapped up the opening day on the links by shooting 5-over 77, while Jacob Presutti closed out the action from day one by shooting 80 (+8) in the first round.

The second round of action is set to tee off at 11 a.m. MT on Friday, while the Miners will be paired with Grand Canyon, Santa Clara and Northern Colorado on day two of the John Burns Intercollegiate.

The third and final round of golf is scheduled for Saturday with an 11 a.m. MT shotgun start.

Miner fans can follow along with all the action with live scoring available on GolfStat.com.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Miners Hit the Islands for John A. Burns Invitational

LIJU’E, Kaua’i – The UTEP Men’s Golf team will spend this week on island time as the Miners travel to compete in the 44th John A. Burns Intercollegiate, which is hosted by the University of Hawaii.

UTEP will compete among a 21-team field Feb. 20-22 in Lihu’e, Kaua’i. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par-72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Course with an 8 a.m. HT (11 a.m. MT) shotgun start each day.

Participating teams will play 18 holes each day of the event.

The Miners will be one of 21 teams competing in this year’s John A. Burns Intercollegiate, along with Arizona, BYU, California, Cal State Fullerton, GCU, Illinois, Long Beach State, UNM, North Carolina, N. Colorado, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, Texas A&M, UC Irvine, UNC Wilmington, UNLV, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.

The Arizona Wildcats return as the defending team champion from last year, while BYU’s Peter Kuest took home the individual title in 2019.

STARTING LINEUP

  • Oskar Ambrosius (Jr., Viborg, Denmark)
  • Santiago Castilla (Jr., Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez (Sr., San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
  • Greg Yellin (R-So., El Paso, Texas)
  • Jacob Presutti (Fr., Ontario, Canada)

The UTEP Men’s Golf team closed out play at the Arizona Intercollegiate at the end of January with a ninth-place finish at the Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.

Overall, UTEP finished the tournament in ninth place after shooting 18-over with a team total of 870 (290-292-288), while Miners registered their best score of the week (+4) in the final round.

UTEP had two players finish tied for 23rd individually in Santiago Castilla (70-75-71=216) and Greg Yellin (71-74-71=216), who each finished the tournament at 3-over par.

Senior Eduardo Gonzalez wrapped up the event at 5-over par with a three-round total of 218 (74-71-73) to finish tied for 31st.

UTEP’s Danny Daniels finished the day shooting a 73 (+2), while the newcomer shot 7-over par (75-72-73) over the course of three rounds to tie for 44th. Oskar Ambrosius rounded out the Miners’ five-man lineup at 13-over with a three-round total of 226 (75-75-76).

Miner fans can follow along with all the action from Hawaii with live scoring available on www.GolfStat.com.

For complete coverage of UTEP Men’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPminergolf (Twitter) and @UTEPMensGolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP’s Mendizabal claims Central American Championship

UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal brought some hardware back to El Paso recently after capturing the title while representing her home country of Guatemala at the 2020 Central American Ladies Championship at Club de Golf de Panamá.

“This tournament includes all Central American countries, so they select the best players from each country to represent them,” Mendizabal said. “This is the biggest tournament we have in Central America, so I was fortunate to get the opportunity to represent Guatemala, and even better, I was able to win. It felt great to do that and now it gets me off to a good start for this upcoming season and hopefully I can continue to play well moving forward.”

Mendizabal, who is a regular atop the leaderboard for the UTEP Women’s Golf team, finished in first place at the event, which is organized by the Panama Golf Association.

During stroke play, Mendizabal posted a three-round total of 216 (72-73-71) to finish with a final score of 108 at the championship event.

Along with Mendizabal, representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama had the opportunity to showcase their talents against some of the top golfers at last week’s event.

This past fall, Mendizabal became the first Miner to win multiple tournaments in a season since 2006-07.

UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal | Photo courtesy UTEP

The junior was named the C-USA Women’s Golfer of the Week on three separate occasions during the fall season, while she compiled a career-best 71.1 stroke average in 15 rounds to rank first on the team.

Mendizabal will be back in action for the Miners this weekend when UTEP opens the spring slate at the GCU Invitational in Phoenix on February 22-23.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram), or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

Miner Golf Takes On Marquette Intercollegiate

Fifteen teams, including the UTEP men’s golf team, will make their way to Erin Hills Country Club, host of the 117th US Open this past June, when the Marquette Intercollegiate tees off Oct. 1-3 in Milwaukee, WI.

The course will play Par 72 at 7,721 yards – just shy of the US Open layout (7,741), which was the longest in major championship history. The 87 total players competing in the Intercollegiate will begin to tee off at 9 a.m. (CT) on both Sunday and Monday, while the final round on Tuesday will feature an 8:30 a.m. (CT) tee time.

“From a difficulty standpoint, this will probably be the most challenging course we’ll play all year,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “I’m sure the condition and the set up will be much different than how they did the US Open, but regardless, it’s a long golf course, its going to be a great test for us. It’s defiantly more difficult than anything we have here in El Paso.”

The Miners’ lineup for this week include senior and UTEP top finisher at last week’s William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Nicklas Pihl, fellow seniors Charles Corner and Prescott Mann, junior Settavut Paradee, and junior transfer Aaron Terrazas.

“I know our guys are excited,” Lieberwirth said. “They’ve had this circled on their calendar since I let them know last year that we were going to this event. I think we can do okay, I really do. We just haven’t quite put anything together yet in a tournament.

“Air Force [Gene Miranda Invitational] we had some nice performances and in Albuquerque [William H. Tucker Intercollegiate] we had bits and pieces of solid play. We’re at a point where we need to kind of tie it all together and get everybody playing reasonably well at the same time.”

The Miners will compete in the field that includes four teams that played in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in Florida State, Iowa State, Ole Miss and Purdue, as well as Big East Champion and host of the tournament Marquette. Other participating teams include Augusta, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, reigning Intercollegiate champion Northwestern, South Florida, Texas A&M, UC Davis, UCLA, and Wisconsin.

Notables in the field include 2017 NCAA Champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss and Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ, who tied or 32nd at the US Open at Erin Hills in June. Florida State’s Harry Ellis is the reigning British Amateur Champion and participated in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Thornberry is ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), Champ is ranked eighth and Ellis is 72nd. Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips and Northwestern’s Dylan Wu also rank 55th and 82nd in the world’s top 100 amateurs, respectively.

“Every tournament we need to play well,” Lieberwirth said. “We need to start looking at positioning ourselves for the spring and trying to get our ranking in a spot where we can make it to the post season as an at-large as opposed to having to win our conference.

“We know we have to step up and play a little better than we have in the first couple of tournaments. The good thing is, this is only the third tournament of 11. We do have a little bit of time to rebound and bounce back. With the strength of this field, this is a great opportunity to go get some wins on some pretty high-ranked teams.”

Live scoring will be provided through Golfstat throughout the tournament.  |  LIVE STATS

UTEP Men’s Golf Set to Defend Title at Gene Miranda Invitational

The 2017 Conference USA Champion UTEP men’s golf team will defend its first of three tournament title at the 49th Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational this weekend, Sept. 8-10, in Colorado Springs, Co.

Tee time at the Eisenhower Golf Club Blue Course (par 72, 7,461 yards) is set for a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (MT) on both Friday and Saturday and Sunday’s start is set for 7:30 a.m., with pairings and tee times determined by team scores.

“We found success last year, but this is a different team,” seventh-year head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It’s the first tournament of the year, so you always want to get off on the right foot and get some positive momentum.”

Last year, the Miners were crowned co-champions of the Gene Miranda Invitational, sharing the title with UNLV, after both shot one under 863.

The Miners will be joined on the field by host Air Force, Abilene Christian, Colorado, Colorado State, Drake, George Washington, NM State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, SIU-Edwardsville, Southern Utah, Texas State, UNLV, Utah State, Utah Valley State, Weber State and Wyoming.

“There’s defiantly some pride involved [after winning the title last year], but it’s a different format than the 36-18 format last year,” Lieberwith said. “The course is difficult to read, but the key to playing well is hitting your iron shots.”

Taking the course for the Miners will be Charles Corner, Nicklas Pihl, Aaron Terrazas, Prescott Mann, Sethavuth Paradee, and Ricardo Catalan, who will be playing as an individual.

Pihl and Mann will be returning to the Invite after placing tied for 19th and tied for 30th last year. Pihl shot 222 (72-75-75) and Mann carded 225 (73-76-76) to help the Miners to the title. Pihl was a staple in the UTEP line up last season, competing in 12 tournaments and finishing at the top of the Miner scorecard twice. The senior recorded a 74.0 stroke average and had his season-high finish at the National Invitational Tournament, where he placed in a tie for 11th with 211 (71-68-72).

Mann also put in work for the Miners last season, playing in eight tournaments and averaging 73.7 per stroke. The senior had a collegiate career-high finish when he took a share of third at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational after shooting 206 (67-69-70).

Corner and Terrazas will be making their Gene Miranda debut, but both are skilled golfers who, along with Pihl, are returning from the 2017 C-USA championship team and the NCAA regional squad. In 12 tournaments played for the Miners in 2016, Corner recorded a 72.6 stroke average with a low round of 65 and was UTEP’s top finisher in three tournaments, including the stroke play portion of the conference championship and the NCAA Washington Regional.

Terrazas joined the Miners in January after transferring from Oklahoma and made an immediate impact on the team, playing in seven tournaments with a 72.3 stroke average and having a season-high finish in 6th place at the Lone Star Invitational.

Paradee will be competing in his fourth collegiate tournament. The Bangkok, Thailand native last joined the team at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational where he finished in a tie for 73rd against stiff competition. The junior’s collegiate low round is 73.

Catalan will be making his collegiate debut after redshirting last year, but is anticipated to have a successful tournament.

“It’s Ricardo’s first collegiate tournament, so it’s going to be foreign territory but a great experience for him,” Lieberwirth said. “We know he is going to do some great things and we also know he is going to make mistakes, but it’s going to be a learning experience for him.”

Live stats will be available via www.golfstat.com.

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.

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