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UTEP Golf’s Terrazas Named All-C-USA

DALLAS – UTEP’s Aaron Terrazas was named to the All-Conference USA second team, as announced by league officials Friday.

The senior produced a spectacular campaign, registering his first two collegiate victories in back-to-back weeks, while placing in the top five in a total of four events this season.

The Mexico City product shared a victory at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate after shooting 3-over par 216 to claim his first collegiate win on Oct. 16 at NM State Golf Course.

Terrazas followed with his first outright triumph after dominating the field at the Pepsi-Cola Classic. He penciled in an impressive 15-under par 201 at Red Hawk Golf Course in Las Cruces Oct. 21. His efforts helped propel the Miners (-9) to a victory at the Pepi Classic. Terrazas was also named the C-USA co-Golfer of the Week Oct. 24 after is performance at Red Hawk.

He opened his final campaign tying for fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge Sept. 17, shooting 4-under par 140 (only two rounds were played due to bad weather).

Terrazas punched in a 7-under par 209 and tied for fourth at the John Burns Intercollegiate Feb. 23 in Hawai’i and was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week Feb. 27 after that performance at Wailua Municipal Golf Course.

Terrazas also registered a sixth-place finish (-3) at the Bearkat Invitational April 2 and tied for seventh at the GCU Invitational (-5) March 15.

The standout golfer fashioned a career-low and team-leading 71.5 stroke average after competing in 12 tournaments (35 rounds) during the 2018-19 season. Terrazas was recently named the team’s MVP, while also earning the UTEP Athletics Male Upperclassmen of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year at the first annual Golden Pick Awards April 25.

For Terrazas, it’s his second postseason accolade as he was named to the All-C-USA first team in 2017.

UTEP Student-Athletes, Teams Honored At Inaugural Golden Pick Axe Awards

Golf’s Aaron Terrazas and cross country/track & field’s Lilian Koech were named the UTEP Male and Female Athlete of the Year, and women’s cross country was appointed the UTEP Team of the Year at the inaugural Golden Pick Axe Awards in the Don Haskins Center Thursday evening.

Men’s Basketball’s Efe Odigie and softball’s Kasey Flores were named the Male and Female Underclassmen of the Year. Terrazas and Koech were chosen the Male and Female Upperclassmen of the Year.

Other awards presented included Best Comeback (track & field’s Sean Bailey), Unsung Hero (softball’s Ariel Blair) and the Thomas Howard Academics & Athletics Achievement Awards (volleyball’s Briana Bustillos & men’s basketball’s Ountae Campbell).

The Moment of the Year was the buzzer beater by men’s basketball’s Jordan Lathon to beat Rice, and the Community Service Award went to the softball program.

Team MVP Awards were presented to Boaz Ronoh (men’s cross country), Linda Cheruiyot (women’s cross country), Lathon (men’s basketball), Jordan Alexander (women’s basketball), Steffen Gregory and Jasmine Romo (cheerleading), A.J. Hotchkins (football), Terrazas (men’s golf), Lily Downs and Valeria Mendizabal (women’s golf), Jessica Boyce (rifle), Carleigh Simmons (soccer), Kacey Duffield (softball), Blair and Justin Garrett (strength & conditioning), Kirsten Prelle (tennis), Bailey (men’s indoor track & field), Koech (women’s indoor & outdoor track and field), Michael Saruni (men’s outdoor track & field) and Macey Austin (volleyball).

The Golden Pick Awards are organized and presented by the UTEP Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Male Athlete of the Year & Male Upperclassman of the Year – Aaron Terrazas (Men’s Golf)
Terrazas was the Miners’ top finisher at seven tournaments, and also led the team with six top-10 placements. His scoring average of 71.5 rated first on the squad. He earned his first collegiate victory at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in October, where he tied for first place. He followed that up with his second collegiate victory, winning the Pepsi-Cola Classic outright. His 15-under par score of 201 led the Miners to the tournament title. He was named the Conference USA co-Golfer of the Week after firing a career-low score in Las Cruces. Terrazas tied for fourth place at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawai’i, firing a seven-under par 209 to garner C-USA Golfer of the Week honors. He began his final season at UTEP by tying for fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a four-under-par 140.

Female Athlete of the Year & Female Upperclassman of the Year – Lilian Koech (Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field)
Koech is closing out her collegiate career in stellar fashion, having been a member of two conference championship teams during the 2018-19 athletic year. She garnered first-team All-Conference honors as the women’s cross country team captured its first league title. She was named C-USA Outstanding Senior after crossing the finish line in fifth place overall. Koech went on to lead the UTEP women’s track and field team to the title at the 2019 Conference USA Indoor Championship. Koech secured a gold and silver medal in the mile and 800 meters, respectively. Earlier in the year, she posted a personal-best time of 2:06.29 in the 800 meters, which rates fourth in program history. During the 2018 outdoor season, Koech notched a gold and silver medal at the C-USA Championships in the 1,500 meters and 800 meters, respectively. She’s putting the finishing touches on an illustrious UTEP career during the 2019 outdoor season, as she ranks in the top-25 nationally in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters.

Team of the Year – Women’s Cross Country
The Miners enjoyed a storybook 2018 season, winning their first conference championship. They took four of the top-six spots at the Conference USA Meet as Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech finished first and second, respectively. Carolyn Chepkosgei and Lilian Koech also merited first-team All-Conference USA honors as they took fifth and sixth place in the individual standings. Lilian Koech was appointed the Senior of the Meet and Paul Ereng was named the league’s Coach of the Year. UTEP sent Cheruiyot and Koech to the NCAA Championships. Cheruiyot was chosen the C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She finished in the top three at five meets, with a pair of first-place showings. Overall the Miners won four meets over the course of their record-breaking campaign.

Male Underclassman of the Year – Efe Odigie (Men’s Basketball)
Odigie was a member of the C-USA All-Freshman team after becoming the first Miner to average a double-double (12.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg) since the 1982 season. The 10.1 rebounds per game was a UTEP freshman record while also pacing C-USA and rating 16th in the nation. He also led the league in defensive boards per game (7.4). He produced a UTEP freshman record 11 double-doubles (second in C-USA), which was fifth among DI freshmen. He started 21 of 25 games played before missing the final four contests of the year with an injury.

Female Underclassman of the Year – Kasey Flores (Softball)
Flores burst onto the scene with two homers and a UTEP-debut record seven RBIs in the season-opening win against Creighton. She was named the C-USA Player of the Week and was an NFCA top performer for her efforts that weekend. The freshman has continued to thrive, pacing the team in RBIs (36-tied fourth in C-USA), doubles (nine) and runs scored (29). She also checks in second on the team in batting average (.358-ninth C-USA), total bases (77-10th C-USA) and slugging percentage (.626-seventh C-USA), and third in home runs (eight-tied 10th C-USA).

Best Comeback – Sean Bailey (Track & Field)
Bailey’s performance in the 400 meters at the 2019 Conference USA Indoor Championships earned him the Best Comeback Award. The transfer from Western Texas College was back in the pack during the first lap of the finals before finding his second gear and surging to victory in his heat. He claimed third place overall on the way to securing All-Conference honors after the photo finish.

Unsung Hero – Ariel Blair (Softball)
Blair has been an inspirational leader for UTEP softball the past four years. She has fulfilled her dream of playing for her hometown Miners, one she refused to give up on even after being paralyzed and in a wheelchair as a result of contracting a rare disease at the age of 14. She frequently makes highlight-reel catches in the outfield and throws out runners at the plate. She is on track to become the first Miner in program history to lead the team in steals for four consecutive seasons.

Thomas Howard Academics & Athletics Achievement Awards – Briana Bustillos (Volleyball) & Ountae Campbell (Men’s Basketball)
The Thomas Howard Academic & Athletics Achievement Awards are presented to UTEP walk-on student athletes who have excelled academically and athletically. They are presented by the Thomas Howard Foundation in honor of former UTEP football player Thomas Howard, who passed away in a car accident at the age of 30 in 2013. Bustillos played in all 99 sets and started every match for the Miners at the libero position. She ranked seventh in C-USA in digs with a team-leading 388. Campbell played in 24 games for the men’s basketball team with 10 starts. He was a recipient of a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal (minimum 3.75 GPA).

Moment of the Year – Jordan Lathon (Men’s Basketball) Buzzer-Beater vs. Rice
There were many exciting moments during the 2018-19 UTEP Athletics year, but Lathon’s buzzer beater in a 65-64 win vs. Rice (Jan. 12) surpassed them all. The Owls led 64-63 after Trey Murphy III grabbed an offensive board and connected on a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left. Ountae Campbell’s first pass attempt was deflected out of bounds in the corner, taking time off the clock. Campbell, from the bottom corner and with 0.5 seconds remaining, threw the ball to an open Lathon. The ball took one bounce, Lathon grabbed it and nailed the jumper from the baseline just inside the three-point line. Lathon was mobbed by his teammates, coaches and fans while the referees looked at the play on the monitor. The refs declared the shot good, electrifying the Haskins Center and giving Rodney Terry his first league win as UTEP’s head coach.

Community Service Award – Softball
The UTEP softball team has gone above and beyond to achieve its goal of engaging the community. From helping with Special Olympics sporting events to volunteering at the children’s hospital, the squad has racked up 658 community service hours since the beginning of the school year. The efforts have set the standard for service for all UTEP sports.

UTEP Men’s Golf concludes C-USA Championship in seventh

TEXARKANA, Ar. – The UTEP men’s golf team (288-295-292—875) finished four strokes behind fourth-place UAB (+7) and placed seventh.

The Miners shot 4-over par during the final round of stroke play to finish 11-over par at the Airforce Reserve Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship Tuesday afternoon at Texarkana Country Club (par 72/6,935 yards).

UTSA (292-283-289—864), defending champ Middle Tennessee (292-289-287—868), Charlotte (294-288-287—869) and UAB (291-289-291—871) will advance to Wednesday’s match play for a chance to advance to the NCAA Regionals.

UTEP finished two strokes behind WKU (287-292-294—873), which shot 6-over par and fell four spots to sixth place. Rice (293-292-287—872) shot 1-under par Tuesday afternoon, but finished in fifth, a stroke behind UAB.

UTEP sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (69-73-75—217) finished as the top Miner, placing tied for 10th at 1-over par. Senior Settavut Paradee (71-75-73—219) placed 24th, while junior Eduardo Gonzalez (73-74-74—221) and senior Aaron Terrazas (75-77-70—222) finished tied for 27th and 33rd, respectively.

Terrazas penciled in one of the lowest third-round scores on the day and moved up 12 spots. Senior Ben Getman (79-73-79—231) finished tied for 54th place.

Rice’s Jake Benson (70-68-73—211) won the individual title at 5-under par, while Middle Tennessee’s Cooper Sears (71-71-70-212), UTSA’s Sean Meehan (69-71-72—212) and Charlotte’s John Gough (71-71-70-212) finished in a three-way tie for second place at 4-under par.

The Miners concluded the 2018-19 campaign, winning the Pepsi-Cola Classic Oct. 21 and placing in the top five in three other events (second place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, tied third at the GCU Invitational and second place at the Bearkat Invitational).

Terrazas concluded his career with a team-leading 71.5 stroke average this season. The Mexico City, Mexico, native competed in 12 tournaments during his final season with the Orange and Blue. Ambrosius fashioned a 72.5 stroke average after competing in all 13 tournaments during his second and most successful season in the Sun City.

Terrazas earned a co-championship at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (Oct. 16), his first ever collegiate victory, while following with his first outright triumph at the Pepsi-Cola Classic (Oct. 21). Ambrosius registered five top 10 finishes, including his first collegiate victory at the Bearkat Invitational April 2.

Lily Downs Named to the All-Conference Third Team

UTEP women’s golf Lily Downs was named to the All-Conference USA Third team as announced the league office Tuesday morning.

“I’m very proud of what Lily has been able to accomplish here,” UTEP head coach Jere Pelletier said. “ She’s one of the best players to come through the program and her career just validates the hard working person that she is.”

Downs put the final touches on her senior season with seven top-10 finishes and led the team with six top place finishes. The lone senior posted a stroke average of 73.0 over 10 tournaments. She helped guide the Miners to a team high four tournament wins, including three consecutive.

The Kirklevington, Yarm, U.K. native, earned a season-high tie for third place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert (Sept. 29-30) shooting 4-over par 220.

Downs opened the season with a 1-over par 214 to finish tied for fourth place at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial (Sept. 10-11). She shot a low round of 68 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic (April 8-9).

UTEP Golf to Compete at C-USA Championships Starting Monday

The UTEP men’s golf team is set to compete at the 2019 Conference USA Championship April 22-25 at the Texarkana Country Club (Par 72/6,969 yards).

The Miners will compete against 12 other programs for a bid to the NCAA Regionals May 13-15. Tee time pairings are based off the latest Golfstat national rankings. No. 130 UTEP will begin to tee off at 10:20 a.m. MT at hole no. 1 alongside no. 110 Charlotte and no. 121 Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders will defend their 2018 title, while the Miners won the C-USA Tournament in 2017.

Before looking for its second title in three years, UTEP Head Coach Scott Lieberwirth explains the process before having visions of victory.

“All we can focus on right now is getting into match play,” Lieberwirth said. “Our conference is unique in the top four teams, after 54 holes, advance to match play. We can’t get too long term as far as what we want to accomplish out there. Of course, we want to win, but before we get there, we have to qualify for match play.”

Making the trip for Lieberwirth will be junior Eduardo Gonzalez (tees off at 10:20 a.m. MT), seniors Settavut Paradee (10:30 a.m.) and Ben Getman (10:40 a.m.), sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (10:50 a.m.) and senior Aaron Terrazas (11 a.m.). Sophomore Santiago Castilla will also make the trip as a substitute. C-USA is allowing a sub for the first time in championship play.

“There’s no question in my mind, it’s possible [won win the C-USA Tournament] the way Aaron and Oskar have played. They’ve competed great pretty much all year long,” Lieberwirth said. “Both of them, back-and-forth, have been our no. 1 and no. 2 player virtually the entire year. We’re at a point where we need some depth. Our depth at three, four and five, and our sub, we at least need some consistency. When we’ve been consistent in the backend of our lineup, we’ve played really well. We’ve contended for a couple different wins in the fall and spring. When they’re inconsistent, we’ve obviously struggled. That’s our key and we know it. We know exactly what the recipe is to compete well.”

Terrazas leads the squad with a 72.1 stroke average, while Ambrosius has penciled in a 72.5. Paradee is ranked third on the team with a 74.6 stroke average. Gonzalez has tallied a 74.7 stroke average, while Getman has fashioned a 75.4. The Miners won the Pepsi-Cola Classic on Oct. 21, while finishing in the top five in three other events during the course of the campaign.

Rounding out the remainder of the field will be no. 77 UAB and no. 85 UTSA teeing off at 9 a.m. MT at hole no. 1; no. 87 WKU and no. 94 North Texas will tee off at 9:40 a.m. MT at hole no. 1. No. 150 LA Tech, no. 152 Southern Miss and no. 162 Florida Atlantic will start at 9 a.m. MT at hole no. 10, while no. 168 Rice, no. 200 Old Dominion and no. 207 Marshall will go at 9:50 a.m. MT at hole no. 10.

The championship is four days, with 18 holes scheduled for the first three days. After the 54 holes of stroke play, the top four teams would be seeded and will conclude the championship on the fourth day with a match play playoff.

Playing partners for the first day will be determined by a blind draw. For every succeeding round, team scores will determine pairings. The winner gains the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

UTEP Golf Finishes 11th at 73rd Western Intercollegiate

SANTA CRUZ, Ca. – The UTEP men’s golf team wrapped up the regular season, finishing in 11th place on the final day at the 73rd Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf.

The Miners (377-368-356—1101) improved their scoring each day, moving up a spot at the challenging Pasatiempo Golf Club (par 70/6,615 yards) Wednesday afternoon.

No. 16 Stanford (354-346-340—1040) shot 10-under par on the day to win the team title, while Stanford’s no. 68 Isaiah Salinda (64-68-70—202) defeated San Jose State’s Sean Yu (64-71-67—202) in a playoff. The pair played five holes before Salinda birdied hole no. 18 (par 3).

UTEP sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (70-69-72—211) finished tied for 15th after shooting 2-over par to finish 1-over. Ambrosius, despite bogeying his first two holes at 10 and 11, registered birdies at holes 13, 14 and 16 to get to 1-under.

However, he bogeyed hole 18 to finish the front nine. Ambrosius added his fourth birdy of the afternoon at no. 4.

Senior Aaron Terrazas (72-74-70—216) finished tied for 42nd after shooting even par on the day. Eduardo Gonzalez (81-74-67—222) moved up 20 spots to tie for 60th after firing a career-low 67 during the third round.

Settavut Paradee (76-75-72—223) moved up four spots to tie for 63rd, while Ben Getman (78-76-75—229) finished tied for 76th and Cole Donielson (81-83-76—240) finished in 84th place.

Up next, the Miners will compete at the Conference USA Championships April 22-25 in Texarkana, Ark., at Texarkana Country Club.

UTEP Golf Completes Second Round, Ambrosius Tied for Ninth at Western Intercollegiate

SANTA CRUZ, Ca. – UTEP sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (-1) shot a 69 in round two and moved up five spots to sit in a ninth-place tie at the 73rd Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf.

The Miners (745, +45) remained in 12th place after firing a 368 at Pasatiempo Golf Club (par 70/6,615 yards) Tuesday afternoon.

Ambrosius (70-69—139) was even par through the first eight holes before birdying hole no. 9 to get to 1-under par prior to playing the back nine. He followed with birdies at holes no. 13 and 15 but bogeyed holes 14 and 16. Ambrosius is tied with Cal’s no. 34 Sabastian Crampton (70-69—139).

Stanford’s no. 68 Isaiah Salinda (64-68—132) leads the individual field at 8-under par, while four players are tied for second place at 5-under par.

Host school San Jose State (346-353—699) maintained its first-place lead at 1-under par, while no. 16 Stanford (354-346—700) is in second place at even par. No. 11 Cal (354-351—705) and no. 6 USC (348-357—705) are tied for third at 5-over par, while no. 39 Oregon (348-359—707) and no. 19 Pepperdine (356-351—707) are tied for fifth place at 7-over par.

UTEP senior Aaron Terrazas (72-74—146) is tied for 42nd, senior Settavut Paradee (76-75—151) is tied for 67th, Ben Getman (78-76—154) is tied for 76th, junior Eduardo Gonzalez (81-74—155) is tied for 80th and sophomore Cole Donielson (81-83—164) is in 84th place.

UTEP will start teeing off at 9:54 a.m. MT at hole no. 10. Ambrosius will be the last Miner to tee off, which will be at 10:54 a.m. MT. GOLF Channel’s coverage will begin at 2 p.m. MT.


UTEP Women’s Golf Remains in Sixth at C-USA Championship

FORT MYERS, Fl. – The UTEP women’s golf team maintained its hold on sixth place following day two of the Conference USA Championships at the Verandah Club on Tuesday afternoon.

With a 10-over par 592 (294-298), the Miners are 12 strokes behind first-place Old Dominion (282-290—572). The final 18 holes will be contested on Wednesday.

UTEP’s Valeria Mendizabal is in the chase for the individual title. Her 1-under par 143 (73-70) leaves her seven strokes back of first-place Ana Gonzalez from UTSA (39-37—136). The sophomore is tied for eighth place.

Lily Downs is tied for 18th place shooting 3-over par 147 (73-74). Audrey Haddad is tied for 31st overall (75-75—150), Crystal Wu is tied for 42nd (73-79—152) and Taylor Stone (85-79—164).

UTEP Men’s Golf in 12th After One Round at the Western Intercollegiate

SANTA CRUZ, Ca. – The UTEP men’s golf team shot a 377 after first-round action at the prestigious 73rd Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf at historic Pasatiempo Golf Club (par 70/6,615 yards).

The Miners (+27) rank 12th after competing in rainy and cool conditions Monday afternoon.

The three-day, 54-hole stroke play event counts the low five of six scores after each round. Second-round action will continue Tuesday morning with live coverage on the GOLF Channel starting at 5 p.m. MT/7 ET. The tournament is also being streamed online during the next two rounds.

Host school San Jose State (346, -4) is on the top the team leaderboard, while no. 6 USC (-2) and no. 39 Oregon (-2) are tied for second place. USC’s no. 4 Justin Suh (-6), San Jose State’s Sean Yu (-6) and Stanford’s no. 68 Isaiah Salinda (-6) are in a three-way tie for first place.

Oskar Ambrosius leads the Miners at even par (70) and ranks tied for 14th after 18 holes. Aaron Terrazas shot 2-over par 72 to rank tied for 31st, while Settavut Paradee (76) is tied for 63rd and Ben Getman (78) is tied for 74th place. Eduardo Gonzalez (81) and Cole Donielson (81) each are tied for 82nd.

Ambrosius, despite tallying a pair of bogeys on the front nine, penciled in an eagle at hole no. 9 (par 5) to get back to even par. The sophomore bogeyed holes 10 and 12, but birdied holes 11 and 15 on the back nine.

Terrazas struggled a bit on the front nine, bogeying a trio of holes and tallying a 3-over par. The senior settled in on the back nine, registering three birdies and two bogeys to record a 1-under par on the back nine.

UTEP, overall, registered 14 birdies and 47 pars.


UTEP Women’s Golf Opens C-USA Championship in Sixth Place

FORT MYERS, Fl. – The UTEP women’s golf team is in sixth place after completing 18 holes at the 2019 Conference USA Championships on Monday afternoon

The Miners shot 294 as a team on day one, putting them 12 strokes back of tournament leaders Old Dominion and UTSA (282). The tournament continues with 18 holes on Tuesday and 18 more on Wednesday.

Three Miners, Lily Downs, Crystal Wu and Valeria Mendizabal, shot a 1-over par 73 on Monday, leaving them tied for 20th overall. UTSA’s Ana Gonzalez, Madison Kidd and Old Dominion’s Sana Tufail all carded a 3-under par 69 to pace the field.

UTEP’s Audrey Haddad is tied for 32nd place (75). Taylor Stone is in 59th place (85).

The action will continue Tuesday at 6 a.m. MT. Live result can be found on

UTEP Men’s Golf to Compete at 73rd Western Intercollegiate on GOLF Channel

The UTEP men’s golf team will compete at one of the more prominent collegiate golf tournaments this season as the Miners will play at the 73rd Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf April 15-17.

The tournament will be played at Pasatiempo Golf Course (par 70/6,615 yards) in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The Miners will compete with host school San Jose State, no. 44 Arizona, no. 11 Cal, no. 46 Colorado State, Hawai’i, no. 39 Oregon, no. 19 Pepperdine, San Diego State, no. 16 Stanford, UC Irvine, no. 6 USC and Washington

The three-day, 54-hole stroke play event will be televised on the GOLF Channel. The live tournament coverage of the Western Intercollegiate will air in primetime Monday and Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. MT and on Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. MT. It’s the only in-season collegiate golf tournament to be televised this season.

Making the trip for UTEP Head Coach Scott Lieberwirth are Aaron Terrazas, Oskar Ambrosius, Ben Getman, Eduardo Gonzalez, Settavut Paradee and Cole Donielson.

Ambrosius recently was named C-USA co-Golfer of the Week after winning the Bearkat Invitational April 1-2. The sophomore ended the 54-hole event tied for first at 7-under and defeated Sam Houston State’s Angelo Leyvani on the one-hole playoff at 18. Ambrosius birdied the hole to claim his first collegiate victory. Ambrosius has competed in all 11 tournaments this season and has fashioned a 72.7 stroke average, second behind Terrazas’s 71.1.

The Western Intercollegiate, one of the premier events on the spring golf calendar, will be the final regular season event for the 13-team field prior to the start of conference championships. The individual medalist at the Western Intercollegiate receives the coveted blue jacket, honoring legendary Pasatiempo Golf Club course designer Alister MacKenzie, also the designer of Augusta National Golf Club.

UTEP will compete at the 2019 Conference USA Championship at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Arkansas, April 22-25.

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Miners Capture Fourth Tournament Win at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

MARICOPA, Az. – The UTEP women’s golf team won its fourth tournament of the season after holding off rival NM State and Santa Clara at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Tuesday afternoon in Maricopa, Arizona.

“I am very proud of the way the team performed today,” UTEP head coach Jere Pelletier said. “They managed their games very well and made good decisions the entire tournament. We feel very confident heading into the Conference USA tournament next week.”

The Miners fired 883 as a team over 54 holes (300-286-297), taking first place out of 20 teams. It was the perfect final tuneup for the Conference USA Championships, which begin on April 15-17 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Sophomore Valeria Mendizabal led the way for the Miners securing a fourth-place finish. Mendizabal (70-70-74) put together a season-best 2-under par 214. Senior Lily Downs shot a 219 (77-68-74) to earn 10th overall.

Audrey Haddad finished tied for 14th (76-72-73–221), Crytsal Wu tied for 51st (77-76-76–229) and Shannon O’Dwyer finished 101st (80-82-8–244).

Miners Finish Day One with the Lead at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

MARICOPA, Az. – The UTEP women’s golf team surged its way to the top of the field at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Monday.

The Orange and Blue shot a 10-over par 589 to finish two stokes ahead of Santa Clara and I-10 rivals NM State (588), as both are tied for second place.

Sophomore Valeria Mendizabal (70-70) leads the Miners and sits in fourth place through 36 holes. Mendizabal finished with a 4-under 140, trailing the leader Suthavee Chanachai (NM State) who closed out the first day with an 8-under 136 (67-69).

Senior Lily Downs (77-68) finished tied for 11th overall shooting 1-over par 145. Audrey Haddad (76-72) put together a 4-over par 148 to sit tied for 21st overall. Crystal Wu (77-76) scored a 9-over par 153 putting her tied for 54th place. Shannon O’Dwyer (80-82) rounded out the team tied for 96th overall with an 18-over par 162.

The Miners will start the final round Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. MT shotgun start.

Live results can be found at

UTEP Women’s Golf to Close Out Regular Season at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

The UTEP women’s golf team will compete in its final regular season tournament on Monday and Tuesday in Maricopa, Arizona.

While the tournament is being hosted by the University of Wyoming, it will be played at the par-72, 6,131-yard AK-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, about 35 miles outside of Phoenix.

A long-time participant in the tournament, the Miners won the title in 2010 with a 19-over par 883 (299-295-289).

UTEP will join Boise State, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, New Mexico State, North Dakota State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Santa Clara, Seattle Redhawks, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, UT Arlington and Wyoming in a packed field this year.

Coach Jere Pelletier’s lineup card will be composed of senior Lily Downs, juniors Crystal Wu and Shannon O’Dwyer and sophomores Valeria Mendizabal and Audrey Haddad.

Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Monday, with 18 more on Tuesday following a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MT each day.

This will be the Miners’ final tuneup for the Conference USA Championships, which begin April 15-17 in Fort Myers, Florida

UTEP’s Ambrosius Named C-USA Co-Golfer of the Week

DALLAS  – After winning his first ever collegiate tournament, UTEP sophomore Oskar Ambrosius was named Conference USA Co-Golfer of the Week as announced by league officials Wednesday afternoon.

Ambrosius shared the honor with Florida Atlantic’s Sully Zagerman.

Ambrosius (70-71-68—209) played consistent golf during the two-day event at the Bearkat Invitational April 1-2. After 18 holes played on Tuesday, the native of Viborg, Denmark, found himself in tie with Stephen F. Austin’s Angelo Leyvani (69-72-68—209) at 7-under par. Ambrosius birdied on a one-hole playoff at 18 to defeat Leyvani to earn the championship plaque.

His efforts helped UTEP finish in second place out of 15 schools competing at Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club (par 72/6,756 yards) in Montgomery, Texas.

Ambrosius recorded 15 birdies, the second most by a player in the tournament, including six during the third round. He also shot 8-under par on par 5 holes during the successful outing.

Ambrosius is the second Miner to earn a golfer of the week honor this season. Teammate Aaron Terrazas was named co-golfer of the week on Oct. 24, while he earned his second on Feb. 27 as C-USA Golfer of the Week.

Ambrosius and the Miners will compete at the 73rd Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf April 15-17 in Santa Cruz, Calif., at Pasatiempo Golf Club hosted by San Jose State. The three-day tournament will be televised on the GOLF Channel.

All C-USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World Headwear.

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