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Final Round at Golfweek Conference Challenge Cancelled, UTEP Men’s Golf Finishes 13th

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia – Tuesday’s final round at the Golfweek Conference Challenge – where the UTEP men’s golf team was set to play – was cancelled due to heavy rainfall at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

It’s the second time in as many tournaments this season 18 holes were eliminated due to rain. UTEP played in a pair of rounds (36 holes) at the Lone Star Invitational Sept. 10-11.

The Miners (301-290—591) will finish in 13th, while Arkansas State (277-276—553) will claim the team title.

Aaron Terrazas (71-69—140) payed outstanding and shot a 4-under par during the shortened two-day event. The senior fired a 3-under par after eagling his final hole on Monday. Terrazas also tallied four birdies during the second round and will finish the tournament tied for fifth in his first action of the season.

Also, performing well on day two was Santiago Castilla (81-69—150). The sophomore shot a 9-over-par 72 on Sunday, but rebounded with a 3-under-par performance on Monday to finish tied for 56th.

Arkansas State’s Julien Sale (69-67—136), who fired an 8-under, won the individual field.

The Miners will travel to Albuquerque, to compete at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Sept. 28-29 at the par-72, 7,555-yard UNM Championship Golf Course.

UTEP Men’s Golf Has Better Showing on Day Two at Golfweek Challenge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia – The UTEP men’s golf team (301-290—591) moved up two places to 13th after firing a 2-over-par 288 on Monday during round two at the Golfweek Conference Challenge played at Cedar Rapids Country Club (Par 72, 7,071 yards).

Aaron Terrazas (71-69—140) has been the top Miner thus far as the senior eagled his final hole on Monday to finish 4-under-par overall. Terrazas fired a 69 on Monday and is currently tied for fifth place with three other players.

Santiago Castilla (81-69—150) had a dramatic improvement on day two after the sophomore fired a 2-under-par 72. Castilla ranks tied for 56th. Freshman Nattapol Udomrat (80-74—154) is ranked tied for 74th, but lowered his score by six strokes from the day before. Oskar Ambrosius (75-78—153) is ranked tied for 72nd and Marcus Khaw (75-81-156) stands tied for 80th.

The Miners combined for 12 birdies, led by Terrazas’s and Castilla’s four birdies each.

Arkansas State (-23) has remained in first place after firing a 12-under par, while host school Iowa (-11) moved up a spot after shooting 5-under par on Monday. Campbell (-4) moved up two spots to third, while San Jose State (-3) and Jacksonville (-3) round out the top five programs heading into the final day on Tuesday.

Arkansas State’s Julien Sale (69-67—136) leads the individual field at 8-under, while Jacksonville’s Thomas Thuroway, Arkansas State’s Joel Wendin and Iowa’s Alex Schaake are tied for second at 5-under par.

Tuesday’s final-round action is set for a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start.

Live scoring may be followed via www.golfstat.com.

UTEP Men’s Golf Completes Day One at Golfweek Conference Challenge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia – The UTEP men’s golf team finished the first day ranked 15th after shooting a 13-over-par 288 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club (Par 72, 7,071 yards) on Sunday.

Senior Aaron Terrazas birdied the final hole to finish at 1-under and ranking tied for 14th on the individual leaderboard with seven other players. Sophomore Oskar Ambrosius and true freshman Marcus Khaw each shot a 3-over, ranking tied for 49th.

Arkansas State (-11) tallied 19 birdies and an eagle to put itself in first place on the overall team leaderboard, while Jacksonville (-7), Iowa (-6), San Jose State (-5) and Campbell (-1) round out the top-five rankings. Sacramento State (+17) ranks last.

Jacksonville’s Thomas Thurloway leads the leaderboard after firing a 6-under-par 72 and Gonzalo Leal of host school Iowa ranks second after registering a 5-under.

The Miners recorded 12 birdies on the day (nine on the front nine), as Terrazas, Ambrosius, Khaw and sophomore Santiago Castilla each registered a trio of birdies. Terrazas pared 13 holes, while true freshman Nattapol Udomrat had 11 pars and Khaw with 10.

Southern Illinois registered 21 birdies to lead the field.

Monday’s second-round action will have a 9:30 a.m. CT split tee time, while Tuesday’s final day will be a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start.

Follow live scoring via www.golfstat.com

UTEP Golf: Miner Women Snag Second at MSU; Men Take 15th at Lone Star Invitational

The UTEP women’s golf team tallied a final round of 294 to finish second overall with a combined score of 873 at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday afternoon. Memphis (860) finished seven strokes ahead of the Miners.

Lily Downs led the team shooting a final round 72 putting her at 1-over-par 214. Downs finished tied for fourth-place overall. Abbie Anghelescu carded a 6-over-par 219 and shot a 76 to finish tied for eighth in the competition.

Valeria Mendizabal played to a final 8-over-par 221, shooting a final round of 73. Mendizabal notched a 13th-place showing for her efforts. Audrey Haddad was the fourth Miner to finish in the top 20 with a score of 78, earning her tied for 18th (244). Junior Crystal Wu rounded out the day scoring 73 in the final round.

Meanwhile the UTEP men’s golf team shot a 312 on the final day of the Lone Star Invitational on Tuesday, finishing 15th. The Miners, overall, fired a 625 (+49) during the shortened, 36-hole, two-day event at the TPC San Antonio Oak Course (par 72, 7,435).

Oskar Ambrosius, playing as an individual, finished tied for 44th after shooting a 74 on day two. Ambrosius, overall, shot a 152 (+8) to open the new campaign.

Santiago Castilla (77-77—154) placed tied for 52nd, while true freshman Marcus Khaw (tied for 70th) fired a 77 on day two, three strokes less than his collegiate debut on Monday. Settavut Paradee (79-78—156) tied for 63rd, and Ben Getman (78-82—160) and Eduardo Gonzalez (80-80—160) each tied for 75th.

Overall, UTEP recorded nine birdies on the day. Ambrosius, Getman, Khaw and Paradee each tallied a pair of birdies, while Gonzalez birdied a hole on Tuesday. Ambrosius shot a 3-under on par 5 scoring and Khaw shot a 1-under.

Monday’s competition was reduced to 18 holes from 36 following a four-hour heavy rain delay.

For the women, the Orange and Blue will return to action when the team travels to Greenville, N.C. for the Pirate Collegiate Classic on September 17-18.

The Miner men will compete at the Golfweek Conference Challenge September 16-18 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at Cedar Rapids Country Club (Par 72, 6,601 yards).

UTEP Golf Update: Women Tied for First in Missouri; Men Tied for 13th in Soggy San Antonio

The fall golf season is underway, with both the men’s and women’s teams tied, but in very different situations.

The UTEP women’s golf team, in its first action of the 2018-19 season, is tied for the lead with 36 holes complete at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial at Twin Oaks Country Club (par 71, 6,000 yards).

Meanwhile, the UTEP men’s golf team teed off its 2018-19 season at the Lone Star Invitational on a rainy Monday afternoon. After the shotgun start time of 8 a.m. CT, heavy rain delayed play for four hours. When play did resume, the Miners ended the first day shooting 313 (+25) and ranking tied for 13th at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course (Par 72, 7,435 yards).

The women (298-281-579) are tied for first place with Memphis (286-293-579) after day one. A total of 15 teams are participating in the tournament, which concludes on Tuesday with 18 holes.

UTEP’s Lily Downs (142, E) and Abbie Anghelescu (143, +1) led the Miners and ranked fourth and fifth overall, respectively. Downs fired rounds of 72 and 70, and Anghelescu shot 75 and 68.

Over on the men’s side, Host school UTSA leads the pack after firing a 289 (+1). Arkansas State (291), Little Rock (295), Sam Houston State (296) and Texas State (297) round out the top five.

UTEP sophomore Santiago Castilla shot a 77 (+5) to lead the Miners and ranking tied for 42nd after 18 holes. Ben Getman, Settavut Paradee and Oskar Ambrosius (participating as an individual) are each ranked tied for 49th after shooting a 78, while Eduardo Gonzalez and true freshman Marcus Khaw are ranked tied for 68th after posting an 80.

For the men, he first day of competition was reduced to 18 holes due to the heavy showers. The 15 programs will play the final 36 holes on Tuesday (8 a.m. CT shotgun start) to complete the tournament.

The women returned to action Tuesday for the final round scheduled for an 7:30 a.m. MT shotgun start.

UTEP Men’s Golf Announces 2018-19 Schedule

UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth revealed the 2018-19 schedule on Monday.

The Miners will compete in six tournaments during the fall season, with five regular-season tournaments during the spring season and a trio of postseason events.

UTEP will commence the new campaign September 10-11 at the UTSA Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, at TPC San Antonio Oaks (Par-72 / 7,435 yards). The Miners will then compete at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 16-18) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at The Cedar Rapids Country Club (Par-72 / 6,601 yards).

The third tournament of the fall will be the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate (Sept. 28-29), in Albuquerque, N.M., at The UNM Championship Golf Course (Par-72 / 7,555 yards).

“I think for the fall our strongest event is the [William H.] Tucker up in Albuquerque. It’s the toughest course we’ll play in the fall with the best fields,” Lieberwirth said. “That comes as our third tournament, so we have a couple of tournaments to get ready for that.”

Following the event in Albuquerque, UTEP will play in the Paintbrush Invitational (Oct. 8-9) in Denver, Colo., hosted by the University of Denver at Colorado Golf Club (Par-72 / 7,604 yards) and at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (Oct. 15-16) in Las Cruces, N.M., at NMSU Golf Course (Par-71 / 7,242 yards).

The Miners will compete on a few new courses during the fall season.

“The UTSA tournament, it’s the same event, but it is on a new course. We’ve been to the Cedar Rapids tournament in the past, but not at Cedar Rapids Country Club which I’ve heard a lot of great things about that venue,” Lieberwirth said. “And then we did add the Paintbrush up in Denver, hosted by the University of Denver. Colorado Golf Club is one of the top golf courses the state of Colorado. It’s a fantastic place. It’s hosted a lot of major events and it will be a special event for us.”

UTEP and NM State will co-host the final tournament of the fall season in the Pepsi-Cola Classic (Oct. 20-21) in Las Cruces, N.M., at Red Hawk Golf Course (Par-72 / 7,523 yards).

“We did something a little unusual this year going to six tournaments in the fall – kind of front-loading that a little bit,” Lieberwirth said. “We like to schedule our fall a little bit more attainable to go out and hopefully win a few of those events and get some confidence.”

The Miners will open the spring season at the Arizona Intercollegiate (Jan. 28-29) hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson at Sewailo Golf Club (Par-72 / 7,283 yards). The remaining four regular-season tournaments include the John Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 21-23) hosted by the University of Hawai’i in Lihue, Kauai, at Wailua Municipal Golf Course (Par-72 / 6,991 yards).

After its trip to Hawai’i, the golf team will return to the state of Arizona to play in a pair of tournaments with the first being at the GCU Invitational (March 15-16) hosted by Grand Canyon University in Phoenix at GCU Golf Course (Par-71 / 7,239 yards), followed by the National Invitational Tournament (March 18-19) hosted by Arizona in Tucson at the OMNI National Golf Course (Par-72 / 7,262 yards).

The regular season will wrap up on April 13-14 at the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State in Santa Cruz, Calif., at Pasatiempo Golf Club (Par-70 / 6,615 yards).

The Miners will play at the GCU Invitational for the first time, while the four other spring events are familiar sites.

“The spring the schedule does get a little tougher with the strength of the schedule, but I think it’s set up for us to go out, if we have a really good fall, which I think we can, we’ll be in position to make a run in the postseason for the spring,” Lieberwirth said.

The postseason includes the Conference USA Championship (April 22-25) in Texarkana, Ark., at Texarkana Country Club (Par-72 / 6,969 yards), the NCAA Regionals May 13-15 (location TBD) and the NCAA Championship (May 24-29) in Fayetteville, Ark., at Blessings Golf Course (Par-72 / 7,527 yards).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTEP Golf’s Yellin Advances to 118th U.S. Amateur Championship Next Month

ALBUQUERQUE – UTEP golfer Greg Yellin jumped out to a three-shot lead following the first round of the U.S. Amateur qualifying earlier this week at the University of New Mexico Championship golf course in Albuquerque.

The El Paso native fired a 66 in round one and concluded the two-day event eight-under par (66-70—136), placing first in the qualifying round to advance to the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill Golf Course Aug. 13-19.

“I played really well the first day. I knew it would take pretty good scoring to get through and qualify,” Yellin said. “The first day I started out really well and was three-under through four holes. I told myself, ‘to keep going, there’s still a lot of golf left’. But I shot a 66 in the first round and had a two-shot lead. So, nothing was secured after the first day, but I was in a good spot to be in – a two-shot lead. The second day I was expecting 70 or below should be good enough to qualify. So, I didn’t try to do anything to crazy, just played solid and played smart.”

After finishing four shots ahead of the runner-up and second qualifier, Yellin will compete with 311 other elite amateurs from the across the globe at one of the most respected and revered golf courses in the world at Pebble Beach (par 72, 6,960 yards).

“I still can’t wrap my head around it, me playing at Pebble Beach in about a month,” Yellin said. “It’s going to be incredible. I redshirted [at UTEP] last year and wasn’t playing very well. I came into the summer with not many expectations and just wanted to start playing more and start playing well again. To even think of qualifying for the U.S. Am and to be playing at Pebble Beach pretty soon – it can’t believe it.”

This year’s U.S. Amateur will be the fifth on the Monterey Peninsula dating to 1929. The first two rounds, with a field of 312, will be stroke play, followed by four rounds of match play. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19 at Pebble Beach.

Yellin, who redshirted during the 2017-18 season, will compete for the Miners this upcoming athletic season. The graduate of Coronado High School was named the Player of the Year in 2017 and Co-Player of the Year for El Paso high school golf in 2015.

UTEP’s Mendizabal to Comete at the World Amateur Team Championships

UTEP women’s golf Valeria Mendizabal will represent her home country of Guatemala at the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) held on August 9 through September 2, in Maynooth, Ireland.

Teams are represented by three players from each country. The WATC is one of 12 international events designated as elite category by the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), thus they receive the highest level of points available and significant attention from around the world.

During her first season with the Miners, Medizabal played in all 10 tournaments and compiled a 75.6 scoring average. She led the team at the Wyoming Classic where she finished tied for fifth with scores of 70-73-73 for a season-low of 215. The sophomore recorded four top-20 finishes over the 2017-18 campaign. The Guatemala native was a recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal for a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

The WATC will lead up to the season opener of Sept. 10 when the Mines travel to Springfield, Mo.

Be sure to follow @UTEPWomensGolf on Twitter and UTEPWomensGolf on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Video+Story: Raise the Pick – Aaron Terrazas

After playing one season of golf at the University of Oklahoma, Aaron Terrazas wanted a mulligan.

“I just decided I needed to get more playing time because I wasn’t accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish by my first year-and-a-half,” said Terrazas, who just completed his junior season at The University of Texas at El Paso.

As Terrazas mulled his options following his decision to leave Norman, Oklahoma, he remembered the recruitment offers from UTEP while attending high school at Heritage Academy. Eventually, Terrazas chose to come to El Paso and has been very happy with that decision. He is studying communication, but has not settled on a concentration.

“I’ve loved El Paso since the first day I was here on my recruiting visit,” he said. “It felt like home coming from a culture that’s pretty similar to El Paso’s. The people around here are great. I didn’t have to go through an adaption process and that was huge for me because then I could just get to work in school and on the team.”

Growing up in Veracruz and Mexico City, soccer was a big part of Terrazas’ life because his father was a professional soccer player. Terrazas played soccer and golf until he was 14 and his family said he needed to concentrate on one sport.

“I picked golf because I just fell in love with the process of getting better individually and not having to depend on a team,” Terrazas said. “I think it’s just the fact (that) you can keep working at getting better and better, and that was something I really enjoyed about golf.”

He said he always will be grateful for earning a Division I scholarship to play at UTEP.

“The degree means a lot to me and as soon as I get that degree I’m going to be … I won’t have the words to describe how thankful I will be to UTEP,” Terrazas said. “Ultimately, all of the athletes want to accomplish that goal and the scholarship gave me a path to follow in my future.”

Off the course, Terrazas enjoys talking to anybody older than he is to pick their brains about life.

“I’ve been to plenty of tournaments where the host family just opens their houses to me and have a barbecue. I’ve talked to people 50 years old to 75 years old and they open themselves to me,” he said. “I love asking them how they were when they were younger and in college. They also recommend books to me that I read all the time when I get the chance.”

He also enjoys following most competitive soccer leagues, working out and being a homebody with his family when he visits them in Mexico City.

Before attending college in the United States, Terrazas’ accomplishments included:

  • No. 1 junior golfer in Mexico for three years in high school
  • Placed in the top 10 at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup three times
  • Finished in the top 10 at the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2013.
  • Four-year member of the Mexican National Team.

Terrazas plans to continue playing the sport he loves after college.

“I want to be a professional golfer and I’m willing to fight and give up everything for it,” Terrazas said. “Everything means friends, family, time at home and being in your comfort zone. Some of those things people aren’t willing to give up. I am.”

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Raise the Pick: This is part of a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future.

Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

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Author:  Leonard Martinez – UTEP Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Moves Up Leaderboard at NCAA Championships

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

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

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

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

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

Live stats are available via golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Corner Opens NCAA Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTEP’s Charles Corner Heads to NCAA Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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