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UTEP Men’s Golf Adds Marcus Khaw For 2018-19 Season

UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth announced the addition of Marcus Khaw for the 2018-19 season.

The Burlington, Ontario, Canada native won a regional championship title with a score of 9-under for 27 holes, which included a round of 7-under at Hidden Lake Golf Course in Ontario. He also finished in fifth place at Provincials.

Khaw said his favorite shot is a small cut from 145 yards with a pitching wedge.

“I chose UTEP because Scott [Lieberwirth] and the boys are great people to be around and that is very important to me,” Khaw said. “The campus looks cool with the clay roofs and athletic facilities are sweet.”

UTEP Women’s Golf Caps Fall Season With Third-Place Finish

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR. – The UTEP women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season with another top-five finish on Tuesday, as the Miners took third at the Little Rock Classic in Hot Springs Village, Ar.

The Miners braved challenging course conditions as temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s for the final 18 holes.

“The course was very tough. The conditions today were really hard. The greens were as hard as we have ever played,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “Getting another top-five finish was good, but I was a little disappointed that we didn’t win.”

UTEP ended up five strokes behind champion Missouri State. The Miners shot rounds of 303, 302 308 for a total of 913.

Individually, three Miners placed in the top-20 as Lily Downs tied for fifth place (75-75-74, eight-over-par 224). Shannon O’Dwyer (77-76-76-229) and June Ting (77-76-76-229) were neck and neck the entire tournament and tied for 16th place.

“I was happy for Lily, she had a good tournament again,” Pelletier said.

Rounding out the UTEP competitors were Valeria Mendizabal, who tied for 28th place (74-75-82-231), and Abbie Anghelescu, who tied for 47th place (78-77-82-237).

Missouri State’s Verena Gimmy was the individual winner with a four-over-par 220. A total of 15 teams participated in the tourney.

The Miners placed in the top-five at all five fall tournaments. They’ll open their spring slate at the Texas State Invitational Feb. 12-13 in San Marcos.

UTEP Women’s Golf Team Chasing Little Rock Title

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR. – The UTEP women’s golf team stands four strokes behind front-running Central Arkansas with 18 holes remaining at the Little Rock Classic on Monday in Hot Springs Village, Ar.

The Miners are in third place (303-302-605).

Central Arkansas has shot 601 (302-299) to date, with Jacksonville State in second place (301-301-602) in the 15-team field.

The final round will be played on Tuesday.

UTEP freshman Valeria Mendizabal continued her solid play on Monday.  She carded a 75 and sits in a sixth-place tie with a five-over-par 149 (74-75).  Lily Downs is the second Miner in the top-20 of the individual standings; she is tied for 12th place with 150 (75-75).

The Miners’ Shannon O’Dwyer (77-76-153) and June Ting (77-76-153) are tied for 24th place, and Abbie Anghelescu is tied for 37th place (78-77-155).  Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson (73-73-146) and Louisiana Monroe’s Shani White (71-75-146) are tied atop the leaderboard.

UTEP’s Men’s Golf Repeats As Price’s Champions

For the second straight year, the UTEP Men’s Golf Team put together three solid rounds to win its own Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational on Sunday at the Butterfield Trail Golf Club.

The Miners outlasted No. 24 Marquette in the final round, shooting a tournament total of 13-under 839 (275-283-281) to maintain a comfortable 10-stroke lead over the Golden Eagles and ending their fall season on a high note. Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn was the individual winner of the tournament, slipping by UTEP’s Charles Corner by one stroke with a 9-under 204 (67-72-65) performance. Three of UTEP five starters finished in the top-10, while one UTEP golfer playing as an individual finished in the top five.

“That was the most complete team performance we’ve had all year,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Each round we played was better than the last and I’m just so proud of our guys and the way we competed. Charles Corner finishing in second place was the best individual finish that we’ve had of any of our guys this year. It was really a strong top-to-bottom performance.”

Corner started his weekend off on track to beat the tournament record of 197 after an impressive round one of 64. The senior ended with 8-under 205 (64-71-70), getting back under par in his third round after consecutive birdies to finish the tournament. Corner had four birdies in the final round and led the field with 16 total. Corner never fell further than second in the standings.

“Charles played great. Most of the fall he’s been kind of our rock as far as, we could lean on him and he would deliver good scores more often than not,” Lieberwirth said. “These past couple of tournaments, he’s been extremely solid for us and I’m really happy for Charles. He’s a senior, he really wants to play well in his last time around here to play here as a UTEP Miner.”

The Miners also saw strong play from Aaron Terrazas, who shot his low round of the tournament today for finish in fifth place with 4-under 209 (70-70-69). Terrazas remained even-par through the first 11 holes before carding a birdie on No. 13 and No. 18 to get two-under. The junior had 36 pars and 11 birdies on the weekend.

Senior Prescott Mann was one stroke behind Terrazas, finishing with a share of sixth after firing 3-under 210 (69-71-70). Mann had three birdies on the day for 13 total in his final Price’s tournament.

Also playing in his final home tournament, Nicklas Pihl had a steady round with three birdies to finish in a tie for 14th with 2-over 215 (72-71-72) and newcomer Santiago Castilla rounded out UTEP starters with his top-50 finish, shooting 10-over 223 (74-75-74) for a share of 41st.

All starters contributed to a field-leading 58 birdies while also combining to lead in par 4 (4.05 avg./+8) and par 5 (4.53 avg./+21) scoring.

“Aaron Terrazas had a nice, solid tournament, Prescott Mann played great for us this week, he always plays well here on this course, and Nicklas Pihl even contributed three very solid rounds for us,” Lieberwirth said.

Among the Miners playing as individuals, Ricardo Catalan was impressive in his fourth place finish, firing 5-under 208 (67-70-71) to be the highest finisher of any other individual.

Catalan had four birdies in the third round, including clutch back-to-back birdies in his final two holes to bring him even-par on the day. The sophomore, who walked onto the team last season, had 13 birdies in the tournament.

Settavut Paradee carded his strongest round of the tournament after firing 68 on Sunday, bringing his weekend total to 7-over 220 (77-75-68) and notching a whopping seven birdies in his final 18 to finish tied for 30th. Chad Ahn was close behind, shooting another eagle today in his round of 74 for 8-over 221 (74-73-74) to share a spot in 35th.

Ahn had two eagles throughout the weekend and seven birdies. Eduardo Gonzalez finished tied for 50th to keep every UTEP player in the top-50 of the field, shooting a total of 12-over 225 (76-77-72). His low round of the tournament today saw two birdies.

The win marked the first tournament title of the season for the Miners. The team will return for the spring on Jan. 29-30 to compete in the Arizona Intercollegiate.

“I think we know that we can compete with some of the ranked teams in this country,” Lieberwirth said. “We have, in individual rounds, been able to compete with some of the better teams in the country but this was really the first time that we’ve put three consecutive strong rounds together in a tournament so I think that’s going to give us a lot of confidence to know that we can do this from now on.”

“We’re going to enjoy this one right now.”

UTEP Keeps Lead At Price’s Tournament Through Day Two

The UTEP Men’s Golf Team pushed through windy conditions to remain at the top of the leaderboard at its own Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational at the Butterfield Trail Golf Club on Saturday.

West winds blew at 13 miles per hour, but the Miners were able to stay below par in round two, the only team to do so on Saturday, at 1-under 283 for a 10-under 558 (275-283) total. Texas State is second in the 13-team field after shooting 4-over 288 in round two, bringing their tournament score to 4-under 564 (276-288). The Miners lead No. 24 Marquette, who is tied for third place, by 11 strokes. The third and final round will begin tomorrow in a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. (MT).

“We knew today was going to be the toughest scoring conditions of any of the three days just with the weather,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “I’m probably happier today with the score we shot than even yesterday’s just because we didn’t have any over-par scores that we had to count toward our team score. With that being said, I was extremely pleased. We did have the low round of the day again today with one-under, and that’s a good score out here as a team.”

All of UTEP’s starters finished in the top-50 of the field, while three of the five finished in the top-10. Leading the Miners’ charge for the second day in a row was Charles Corner, who shot even-par in round two for a 7-under 135 (64-71) total and a second place finish. The senior had four birdies in this run and was leading the field most of the day before a bogey on No. 16 brought him even-par. He leads the tournament in birdies with 12 and trails the field leader, Texas State’s Calvin Ross, by two strokes.

Aaron Terrazas and Prescott Mann both share a spot in 8th place after round two scores of 70 and 71, respectively. Terrazas started his day off strong with back-to-back birdies and ended on a high note with another birdie for five total for a tournament score of 2-under 140 (70-70) heading into the final round. Mann had four birdies, including consecutive birdies on holes No. 5 and No. 6 to get back under par after a double bogey on hole No. 4. Mann was even-par today, but still remains 2-under 140 (69-71) for his tournament total.

Nicklas Pihl recorded the team’s only birdie of the day on hole No. 2, and coupled that with three birdies in his second round of 71. The senior is in 15th place with 1-over 143 (72-71). Santiago Castilla had a steady showing in his round of 75, notching two birdies in his share of 46th place. Castilla stands at 7-over 149 (74-75) through two days of play.

As an individual, Ricardo Catalan had another round of strong play, firing a round of 70 for a 5-under 137 total and sole possession of third place. The Juarez, Mexico native, who walked onto the team last season, had four birdies today. Chad Ahn tied for 34th with his 2-over 73 performance for a 5-over 147 (74-73) total, notching four birdies. Settavut Paradee played the front nine well, carding three of his 4 birdies to help his round of 75 for a 10-over 152 (77-75) total and a tie for 61st. Eduardo Gonzalez finished one stroke behind with a round of 77 for a 11-over 153 (76-77) total. Gonzalez tallied two birdies and shares a spot in 67th.

The team’s strength on the par 4s was shown as they lead the field in par 4 scoring (4.03 avg./+3) and rank second in par 5 (4.53 avg./-14) scoring. The Miners lead the field in birdies with 42 total.

“I’m very proud of our guys,” Lieberwirth said. “We’ve put ourselves in the position we want to be in going into round three. It’s just a matter of maintaining our composure and executing shots that we know how to do. If we do that, I like our chances.”

Round three at the Butterfield Trail Golf Club will begin in a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. (MT) tomorrow morning. Live stats are available via www.golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Men’s Golf Leads Price’s Field After Day One

Three Miners remained under par to help the UTEP men’s golf team to a 9-under 275 showing at the opening day of their own Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational on Friday at the Butterfield Trial Golf Club (par 71).

The Miners, who are the defending Price’s Invitational champions, lead the 13-team field, ahead of second-place Texas State by one stroke. Tee times for round two will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

“All of our guys know that we can’t win a golf tournament on the first day, but we could severely hurt our chances if we don’t play well,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We played great today.”

Senior Charles Corner had himself a day at the opening round, firing a career-low 64 to share a spot for first place with Texas State’s Calvin Ross. Corner put together a string of four consecutive birdies, beginning on hole No. 12, for eight birdies total to lead the field and stay seven under par. The Cayuga, Ontario, Canada native bogeyed only once in his run.

Prescott Mann had back-to-back birdies to start his round and added four more to help his score of 2-under 69 and finish in a tie for ninth. The senior led the tournament in Par 3 scoring (2.75 avg./-1). Aaron Terrazas was one stroke behind his teammate after a steady opening round, tallying four birdies and three bogeys for a 1-under 70 performance. Terrazas ended his round on a high note, notching a birdie to finish his day with a share of 13th place.

“Charles shot the lowest round of his career, that was fantastic, it was really big for us,” Lieberwirth said. “We got a little bit of help from Prescott [Mann] and Aaron did fine too, so I’m very pleased with our performance today.”

Nicklas Pihl had four birdies in his 1-over 72 showing to tie for 26th, while Santiago Castilla rounded out the UTEP starters after shooting 3-over 74 and notching two birdies.

Among the Miners playing as individuals, Ricardo Catalan had a career-round, going low for a round of 67 and sharing a spot in third place. Catalan had five birdies, including consecutive ones on holes No. 11 and 12.

“Ricardo was fantastic, easily the best round in his college career as a freshman,” Lieberwirth said. “We’re pleased that, even though they’re individuals and they’re not actually counting toward our team score, we’re wanting them to perform well, too. To see Ricardo do that, he should get a lot of confidence and hopefully he takes that confidence and runs with it the next two days.”

Chad Ahn recorded the team’s only eagle on hole No. 2 to start his tournament off right. He finished with a birdie in his 3-over 74 performance, good for a share of 51st. Eduardo Gonzalez had three birdies in his round, finishing in a tie for 67th with 5-over 76. Settavut Paradee finished out the Miner run in his tie of 70th with a 6-over 77 performance.

As a team, the Miners’ total of 24 birdies ranked second in the field, while the team was first in Par 3 scoring (3.05 avg./+1), second in Par 4 scoring (4.00 avg./E) and second in Par 5 scoring (4.53 avg./-7).

Round two will begin tomorrow and the tournament will conclude on Sunday.

“We know tomorrow the conditions are going to be a little more challenging than today, so we have to be up to that challenge,” Lieberwirth said.

Spectators can watch the action at Butterfield Golf Trail for free, live stats are available at golfstat.com.

UTEP Men’s Golf Closes Out Fall Season With Home Tournament

The UTEP Men’s Golf team will defend their title at the only home tournament of the season, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational this weekend, Oct. 20-22, at the Butterfield Trail Golf Course (par 72) to close out the fall season.

The three-day tournament will play 18 holes each day, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (MT) on Friday and Saturday and an 8:15 a.m. (MT) shotgun start to finish out play on Sunday. Spectators can check out the action for free.

Now in its sixth year as the home of the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational, the Butterfield Trail Golf Club boasts numerous accolades, including being named the third-best municipal course in the nation by Golfweek magazine every year from 2009-2015. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course was established in 2007 and is located a short distance from the El Paso International Airport.

Last season, the reigning Conference USA Champions ran away with their home title for the first time after firing an impressive 35-under 829 (276-280-273). The team took the lead and never looked back through the three days. The top returner from last year’s Price’s tournament is Prescott Mann, who, playing as an individual last year, finished in a tie for third after firing a 10-under 206. Mann tallied up whopping 15 birdies and two eagles in his run.

Twelve teams will make their way to the Sun City to make up the competitive 13-team field with the Miners, including Air Force, Army, No. 22 Marquette, NM State, Oral Roberts, Pacific, San Jose State, Southern Utah, Texas State, UMKC, UTRGV and Western New Mexico.

“It’s going to be tough, there are some really good teams playing,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Marquette is a top-25 team, and a couple of the other teams have played well. We’re going to have to play our best tournament this year [to defend the title]. Our biggest issue has been putting a complete team score together. We did that in the final round in Las Cruces. If we do that, we can be dangerous.”

Defending the title for the Miners will be Charles Corner, Nicklas Pihl, Mann, Aaron Terrazas, Eduardo Gonzalez, Chad Ahn, Santiago Castilla, Ricardo Catalan, and Settavut Paradee.

Mann and Corner are both fresh off of top-10 finishes at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday, with Mann finishing in a tie for fourth with 4-under 209 (72-69-68) and Corner in sixth with 2-under 211 (69-72-70). Mann led the team in birdies with 12, while Corner notched 11 throughout the tournament. The senior duo’s scores helped keep the Miners under par with 2-under 850 (290-284-276) for a third place finish out of 12 teams at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.

Terrazas also had another strong tournament, finishing tied for 14th after a 3-over 216 (74-74-68) showing at the Intercollegiate, tallying five birdies and leading the team in pars with 39.

“I think a big thing for us is managing our expectations,” Lieberwirth said. “Sometimes when you host a home event, for any team, the guys try so hard to score low, it can lead to impatience. So one thing I’m going to tell my guys is to stay patient, relax. If we do that then we have a good chance.

“The last day [of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate] we relaxed a little better and it showed on the team score. Hopefully we’re on to something to finish the fall on a high note.”

Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Downs Honored as C-USA Golfer of the Week

UTEP’s Lily Downs was named the Conference USA Female Golfer of the Week on Wednesday, the first such honor for the junior from Kirklevington, Yarm, United Kingdom.

Downs picked up a pair of top-five finishes at the NM State Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. and the FAU Fall Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. over the last week. She carded a two-over-par 218 (71-71-76) and tied for fourth place at NMSU.

She finished five strokes back of individual champion Kiselya Plewe of Weber State. Downs took second at the FAU Fall Invitational with a nine-under-par 135 (66-69). She landed two strokes behind champion Worapitcha Anndit of Seminole State.

Downs now has posted seven top-10 finishes in her career. She posted the first sub-70 rounds of her career at FAU.

UTEP finished second at the NM State Invitational and third at the FAU Fall Invitational and has now placed in the top-five at all four tournaments this fall.

Downs Takes Second, Miners Third at FAU Invitational

BOCA RATON, FL. – Junior Lily Downs logged a second-place showing, and the UTEP women’s golf team finished third at the FAU Fall Invitational on Tuesday in Florida.

Downs fired a nine-under-par 135 with rounds of 66 and 69 in the 36-hole tournament. She landed two strokes back of Seminole State’s Worapitcha Anndit, the individual champion with 133 (67-66).

Downs fired the first sub-70 rounds of her college career, breaking her previous low 18-hole tally of 71 at this level. She tied for the tournament lead with 11 birdies.

The Miners posted rounds of 280 and 294 for a total of 574. Seminole State was tournament champ (277-289-566), followed by host Florida Atlantic in second place (282-290-572). UTEP has finished in the top-five at all four fall tournaments. The Miners have also shot under 300 in four of their last five rounds this season.

“I’m proud of the team and Lily,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “This is the best team score that UTEP has ever had.”

Rounding out the scoring for UTEP were Abbie Anghelescu in 11th place (69-75-144), June Ting tied for 15th place (72-75-147) and Audrey Haddad tied for 18th place (73-75-148). Valeria Mendizabal tied for 24th place (74-78-152). Anghelescu’s 69 in round one was also a collegiate best.

UTEP will complete its fall schedule by participating in the Little Rock Classic Oct. 29-31 in Little Rock, Ar.

Miner Men’s Golf In Third at Herb Wimberly

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Fueled by a second round team score of 284, the UTEP Men’s Golf Team jumped two spots to end day one of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in third place at the NM State Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. on Monday.

The team shot a total of 6-over 574 (290-284) to remain 13 strokes back from field leader and tournament host NM State. The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate will conclude tomorrow, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.

“I think we played a little bit better in the afternoon,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “The greens are a bit faster here, so that morning round set us back. We’re going to need a big day tomorrow.”

In the top-10 of the field, seniors Prescott Mann and Charles Corner both finished the day at 1-under 141 for a share of sixth place. Both led the team with seven birdies each, including five in round two for Mann and five in round one for Corner. Mann shot a round one score of 72, but the five birdies ignited his play for a round two score of 69. Mann is second in the field in par 3 scoring with a 2.75 average (-2). Similarly, Corner had a round one score of 69, including a string of three consecutive birdies, and finished the day with a round two score of 72.

Making his Herb Wimberly debut, Eduardo Gonzales fired an opening round of 75, followed by a round two of 71 for a 4-over 146 total and a tie for 21st. Gonzales carded five birdies for the day.

In another tie between UTEP teammates, senior Nicklas Pihl and junior Aaron Terrazas are both in 33rd place after a 6-over 148 showing. Pihl shot a rounds of 76 and 72 while Terrazas, who is second in the field in pars with 28, fired two rounds of 74. In their steady rounds, Pihl tallied three birdies while Terrazas carded one.

Three other Miners, Santiago Castilla, Ricardo Catalan, and Settavut Paradee, also had strong showings as individuals in the field. Castilla, a transfer from Cypress College who joined the Miners this season, notched five birdies to tie for 26th with a 5-over 147 (70-77) performance. Catalan bounced back from a round one score of 78 to shoot a round two of 70 for a 6-over 148 showing and a share of 33rd place. The redshirt freshman started the second round on the right foot, carding an eagle on a par 5 on his starting hole for the team’s first eagle of the season. Paradee rounded out the UTEP showing with a 7-over 149 (75-74) showing in a steady round that saw three birdies.

Together, the Miners are second in the field in pars with 120.

“We know how to play it [the course], we know what to expect, its just a matter of execution and managing our emotions,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s imperative that we get momentum early tomorrow. If we do that, we might make it interesting.”

Live stats of the final round of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate can be found at golfstat.com

Miner Men’s Golf Heads Up Interstate 10 For Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

The UTEP Men’s Golf Team will make the short drive up Interstate 10 to compete in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, hosted by NM State, October 16 and 17 in Las Cruces.

Play at the NMSU Golf Course (par 71/ 7,242 yards) will begin with 36 holes on Monday and finish with the final 18 on Tuesday. It will mark the first of the final two fall tournaments for the Miners, with the last being their own Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational slated for Oct. 20-22.

“The conditions are identical to what we play and practice in everyday, so there’s no adjustment there, we know the golf course very well,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We’re excited about coming home, the last two courses that we’ve played, up at UNM (University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course) and Erin Hills were both very difficult. I think for us right now, New Mexico State and our tournament [Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational], the last two of fall, are going to be much more score-able, which I think is something that our guys are looking forward to.”

The Miners will join the 12-team field which consists of host NM State, Abilene Christian, reigning tournament champion Grand Canyon, Incarnate Word, McMurry University, Odessa JC, Oral Roberts, UTEP, UTRGV, Western Illinois, Western New Mexico and Wichita State.

At last season’s Herb Wimberly, UTEP finished in second place after posting one-under-par 851 (286-286-279). Grand Canyon won the title after firing a 15-under-par 837 (277-280-280).

“I think this could be an extremely pivotal tournament for our entire season, that if we can play and finish high here and finish first or second, and then turnaround and parlay that into a strong finish at our home tournament, that’ll really help our fall [season] and send us off on the right note,” Lieberwirth said.

A familiar core will make up the UTEP line-up in seniors Charles Corner, Nicklas Pihl and Prescott Mann, as well as juniors Aaron Terrazas and Settavut Paradee, and sophomore Ricardo Catalan, while new weapons in Eduardo Gonzalez and transfer Santiago Castilla will make their debut.

The Miners have seen consistent play from Terrazas, who is coming off a top-20 finish at the competitive Marquette Intercollegiate. The junior put together three strong rounds at the Erin Hills Golf Course, site of the US Open in June (par 72/7,722 yards), for a share of 12th place with 3-over 219 (70-76-73).

Corner, Pihl and Mann will be no strangers to the NMSU Golf Course. At last season’s tournament, Corner tied for seventh after shooting even-par 213 (72-68-73), Pihl finished with a share of 37th after an 8-over 221 (73-76-72) showing and Mann shot an 11-over-par 224 (73-77-74) to tie for 45th. Both Pihl and Mann have been UTEP’s top-finisher at least once this season.

Paradee also has a top finish for his team this season, as he joined Mann in pacing the Miners in his share of 13th place at the Gene Miranda Invitational after firing a tournament total of 4-under 212 .

“If we get back to doing the things we know how to do, hitting fairways, hitting greens, being smart, managing our ball properly around the golf course, leaving ourselves in good positions, stuff like that, where we do well, that’s our strength,” Lieberwirth said. “That’s what’s going to allow us to finish really high in the field in tournaments. When you get to the more difficult courses, that’s easier said than done. We’re going back to a more score-able course now, so that should be easier to do.”

For Lieberwirth, the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate is almost like a second home tournament for his team. Lieberwirth spent eight years as NM State’s head golf coach before being named UTEP’s head coach in 2011.

“With my experience up there [NM State], I can pass some of the finer points off to our players that I feel gives us an advantage over the other visiting teams,” Lieberwirth said.

“But at the end of the day, it’s going to boil down to execution. I think in the last week we’ve done a little bit of a better job in that, but come tournament time, that’s what’s going to separate us from winning or not winning. I think from a talent perspective, we’ve got no problem in that category. We’ve got plenty of talent, our guys have all the ability in the world to play and finish these next two tournaments well.”

Live scoring will be available via golfstat.com.

UTEP Women’s Golf Team Nabs Second Place in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Lily Downs tied for fourth place, leading the UTEP women’s golf team to second-place showing at the NM State Aggie Invitational on Wednesday in Las Cruces.

“I’m happy we got second,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said.  “We played well.  I’m really happy for Lily.  She is becoming a really good player.”

Downs carded a two-over-par 218 (71-71-76).  She ended up five strokes behind tournament champion Kiselya Plewe of Weber State (71-71-71-213).

The Miners have finished third, fifth and second in their first three tournaments of 2017-18.

June Ting finished 10th for UTEP (75-73-73-221) and freshman Audrey Haddad tied for 11th (71-77-74-222).  Abbie Anghelescu (77-82-75-234) and Valeria Mendizabal (77-80-77-234) tied for 33rd place.

The Miners’ team score was 893 (294-301-298).  Sacramento State won the title (287-298-288-873).

“June played well today, Abbie came back and played real well and Audrey is showing some signs,” Pelletier said.

UTEP also received some positive results from three players competing as individuals.  Shannon O’Dwyer tied for 29th place (73-78-80-231), Crystal Wu tied for 33rd place (81-79-74-234) and Taylor Stone tied for 36th place (76-82-77-235).

“Shannon got off to a great start, Taylor played well for two rounds and Crystal had a good round today,” he said.  “It’s good to see her playing well again.  A lot of positive things in this tournament.”

The Miners will play in the FAU Fall Invite next Monday and Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fl.

UTEP Women’s Golf Team Maintains Hold on Second Place

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The UTEP women’s golf team remains in second place through 36 holes of the NM State Aggie Invitational, although the point totals have tightened to set up a wild final day of the tournament.

Sacramento State is comfortably in first place (287-298-585) with a 10-stroke lead on the Miners (294-301-595).  But UC Riverside (304-292-596), host NM State (306-292-598), Cal State Fullerton (307-294-601) and Santa Clara (301-302-603) are all within shouting distance of UTEP.

The tournament will wrap up on Wednesday with the final round.

The Miners’ Lily Downs matched her first-round 71 on Tuesday and is tied for first place in the individual standings with a two-under-par 142.  Weber State’s Kiselya Plewe also carded a 142 (71-71).

UTEP’s Audrey Haddad (71-77-148) and June Ting (75-73-148) are tied for 10th place.  Valeria Mendizabal is tied for 34th place (77-80-157), and Abbie Anghelescu is tied for 37th place (77-82-159).

Competing as individuals, the Miners’ Shannon O’Dwyer is tied for 20th place (73-78-151), Taylor Stone is in 36th place (76-82-158), Crystal Wu is tied for 42nd place (81-79-160).

UTEP Women’s Golf Team Sits Second at NMSU Invitational

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The UTEP women’s golf team is in second place through 18 holes of the NM State Aggie Invitational on Monday in Las Cruces.

The Miners shot 294 in round one and sit seven strokes out of first place, with Sacramento State heading the field (287). Santa Clara and UTRGV are tied for third place (301).

A pair of Miners are tied for second place as Lily Downs and Audrey Haddad each shot a one-under-par 71. Sacramento State’s Astha Madan leads the field with a two-under 70 with 36 holes remaining.

UTEP’s June Ting is tied for 16th place (75), while Abbie Anghelescu and Valeria Mendizabal are tied for 25th place (77). A trio of Miners are competing as individuals. Freshman Shannon O’Dwyer, making her collegiate debut, is tied for eighth place (73). Another freshman making her initial appearance for UTEP, Taylor Stone is tied for 19th place (76). Crystal Wu is tied for 46th place (81).

The tournament continues Tuesday and Wednesday with 18 holes each day.

UTEP Women’s Golf Team Heading to Las Cruces For Tourney

The UTEP women’s golf team will make the short trip up I-10 to participate in the Aggie Invitational Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 9-11) at the NMSU University Golf Course.

“My goal is for us to post three rounds under 300 in this tournament,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “And I’d like to see my top two players, June [Ting] and Lily [Downs], finish in the top 10 individually.”

The Miners have notched back-to-back top-five finishes to open the 2017-18 season. UTEP, averaging 301.3 per round, shot under 300 once (290) at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo.

Due to the short proximity to Las Cruces, Pelletier will be able to take every player on his roster to next week’s tournament. That means sophomore Crystal Wu and freshmen Shannon O’Dwyer and Taylor Stone will be making their season debuts.

“It will be a good test for the individuals who haven’t participated in college tournaments,” Pelletier said. “It will be interesting to see how they play, how they handle the course.”

As for the NMSU facility, Pelletier said “It plays tough. It can play long if the wind is blowing, and very tight. It’s a good challenge for us.”

Pelletier said two of his underclassmen, sophomore Abbie Anghelescu and freshman Valeria Mendizabal, have been making strides.

“They have been playing well and I expect them to do well up there,” he said.

Joining UTEP in the Aggie Invitational, besides host NM State, will be Cal State Fullerton, North Dakota, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, UTRGV and Weber State.

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