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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.”

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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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