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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-three finish on Tuesday, as the Miners took third at the Little Rock Classic.

“Our team played well during the fall schedule and we just ran out of gas towards the end here,” UTEP head coach Jere Pelletier said. “I’m proud of the way the team played today. Lily Downs has been playing consistent at each tournament this year.”

UTEP ended up five strokes behind champion Central Arkansas. The Miners shot rounds of 297-304-301 for a total of 902.

Senior Lily Downs led the team, finishing in ninth place shooting a five-over par 221 (70-74-77). Valeria Mendizabal (74-78-73-225) earned a 15th place showing. Shannon O’Dwyer (77-75-75-227) finished tied for 16th overall.

Rounding out the UTEP competitors were Abbie Anghelescu, who tied for 30th place (77-77-76-230), and Audrey Haddad, who tied for 72nd overall (76-81-84-241).

WKU’s Megan Clarke was the individual winner with a four-under par 212. A total 16 teams participated in the tournament.

The Miners won three consecutive tournaments and added a second-place and third-place finish over five events. They’ll open their spring slate at the Texas State Invitational on Feb. 11-12.

UTEP Golf’s Aaron Terrazas Named C-USA co-Golfer of the Week

IRVING, Texas – UTEP’s Aaron Terrazas was named Conference USA Men’s Co-Golfer of the Week as announced by league officials on Wednesday.

The senior fired a Red Hawk Golf Club record with a career-best 65 during the second round and took a commanding lead heading into the final to claim his first outright collegiate victory at the Pepsi-Cola Classic Oct. 20-21 in Las Cruces.

The native of Mexico City, Mexico, won the tournament by 10 stokes to keep a far distance, while helping the Miners win their first tournament of the season to close out the fall.

At the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Oct. 15-16, Terrazas won his first collegiate tournament after being honored as co-champion.

Terrazas shot a career-low 201 (69-65-67), while topping the field with 17 birdies during the two-day event. Terrazas also eagled hole no. 5 (par 5/601 yards), while bogeying only four times (three during the first round and one in the final round).

Terrazas and the Miners will continue the 2018-19 season when they travel to Tucson to compete at the Arizona Intercollegiate at Sewailo Golf Club.

WKU’s Billy Tom Sargent was also named golfer of the week after his performance.

UTEP Comes Up Victorious at the Pepsi-Cola Classic, Terrazas Wins 2nd Tourney

LAS CRUCES  – UTEP men’s golfer Aaron Terrazas (69-65-67—201) fired a Red Hawk Golf Club record in the second round on Saturday to take a commanding lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

The senior never let off the gas pedal and claimed his second consecutive tournament, but this time he was the lone champion.

“At the beginning of the semester, I had a bit of a rough start with my putting and short game,” Terrazas said. “My game overall, wasn’t at its best over the last month of a half. I started to work on being a better golfer overall. Today, I had two purposes. One of them was to have a nice rhythm in my tempo and my swing, and the other was the be as committed as possible on every shot.”

And regarding the new course record of 65 on Saturday.

“I was just giving myself decent opportunities for birdies, ended up making a few at the end and I capitalized on them and, you know, add them all up and I got a 65,” Terrazas added. “It’s a nice feeling having my name in here at Red Hawk with that number next to it.”

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Terrazas’s teammates also stepped up as the Miners (291-282-282—855) won the Pepsi-Cola Classic, their first tournament victory of the fall, at 9-under par while Grand Canyon (292-281-294—867) finished in second at 3-over. UTEP and GCU started the day tied for first at 3-under.

“I’m very proud how we progressed in the fall. The first three events were rough and we didn’t have a lot of confidence,” UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We started to kind of find our way and figure a few things out. Really, Aaron and Oskar (Ambrosius), the way they’ve played, especially during the month of October, have been rocks for our team. What Aaron Terrazas did this week, that was one of the best performances I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach. He was on fire. Just stay away and let the man go to work. He was absolutely on point and played like a professional this weekend. It was fun to watch him and it was incredible golf. This last week, you know, two wins in one week, not many people can get to say they did that.”

UTEP fired a 282 (6-under par) during the final round and GCU tallied a 294. The Miners also recorded a field-most 52 birdies, while Terrazas and freshman Marcus Khaw each recorded an eagle on hole no. 5 (par 5/601 yards).

Oskar Ambrosius 74-67-70—211), aforementioned by Lieberwirth, also came up with a big outing as the sophomore registered his highest finish, tying for second with NM State’s Mike McGilton. Terrazas led all players with 17 birdies, while Ambrosius scratched out 14.

“The quality of golf he’s (Ambrosius) played most of the fall and especially this month has been a huge factor on why we’ve been able pull ourselves out of that slump,” Lieberwirth said. “If we can continue to develop some of the other guys and get a little more support for our backend, I feel like we can be a pretty good team. We need to continue in the offseason so were ready to go for the spring.”

Settavut Paradee (75-74-72—221) produced a solid final round to finish tied for 14th, while Santiago Castilla (73-76-80—229) and Khaw (78-78-73—229) placed tied for 42nd. Greg Yellin (73-74-74—221) placed tied for 14th playing as an individual. Nattapol Udomrat (77-75-73—225) placed tied for 27th, Cole Donielson (75-77-74—226) finished tied for 31st, and Eduardo Gonzales (73-77-77—227) placed tied for 36th.

The Miners will continue the 2018-19 season when they travel to Tucson to compete at the Arizona Intercollegiate to tee off the spring season (Jan. 28-29) at Sewailo Golf Club.

UTEP Men’s Golf to Host Pepsi-Cola Classic at Red Hawk Golf Club

The UTEP men’s golf team, after coming off a second-place finish at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate and an Aaron Terrazas co-championship at NM State Golf Course, will drive back to Las Cruces to host the Pepi-Cola Classic Oct. 20-21 at Red Hawk Golf Club. (par 72/7,523 yards).

“It’s a big, long golf course, but it’s a course we’re familiar with. We get to go there, and play and practice regularly,” UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “I’m really excited about this and it’s a great challenge. I know the scores are probably going to be a little bit higher just with the conditions that we’re going to be playing in. It will be a great test of golf.”

Saturday’s first and second round action will tee off with an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start, while Sunday’s final round will also begin at the same time.

After playing in snow in Denver a few weeks back and chilly conditions at the Herb Wimberly, the Miners may face windy conditions during the two-day event.

“I don’t think we’re going to deal with the cold quite as much for this tournament and we are the wind – Saturday especially,” Lieberwirth said. “We play an outdoor sport and we will get conditions that are challenging. The sooner we accept that, the better we move forward.”

The Miners will be joined by Grand Canyon, NM State, Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, UMKC, UTRGV and Western New Mexico.

Traveling for Lieberwirth will be Oskar Ambrosius, Santiago Castilla, Cole Donielson, Eduardo Gonzalez, Marcus Khaw, Settavut Paradee, Terrazas, Nattapol Udomrat and Greg Yellin.

The Miners (287-298-293—878) shot a season low during the first round to put themselves in position to compete for victory on day two. Despite NM State winning the overall team trophy, UTEP placed second, its highest finish of the fall thus far.

Terrazas registered his first collegiate victory when the senior was honored as co-champion at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with the Aggies’ own Mike McGilton. Terrazas (71-72-73—216) and McGilton (74-67-75—216) finished atop the player leaderboard at 3-over par.

Khaw (71-73-73—217) registered his best outing as a collegiate player. The true freshman finished a season-best tied for third, his first top 10 finish at 4-over par. Khaw recorded a season-low score of 71 during the first round, finishing with a season-best 217.

Ambrosius (70-73-75—218), who started the final round on Tuesday tied for second, finished sixth at 5-over par. For the sophomore, it was his second consecutive top 10 finish. Ambrosius finished tied for 10th and was the top UTEP performer at the Paintbrush Invitational in Denver. Ambrosius also led the field the most birdies (13) at the Herb Wimberly.

Paradee (73-77-70—220) placed ninth at 7-over par, his first career top 10 finish. The senior shot a season-low 70 in the final round to move up the leaderboard.

Castilla (73-76-76—224) placed tied for 23rd at 11-over par, Eduardo Gonzalez (74-75-77—226) finished tied for 36th at 13-over, Donielson (76-77-76—229) made his season debut, finishing tied for 46th, Udomrat (76-79-75—230), a true freshman who’s competed in the last four tournaments, placed tied for 52nd and Yellin (73-80-81—234), a redshirt freshman, made his collegiate debut, placing tied for 65th.

Live stats are available via www.golfstat.com.

UTEP Golf’s Aaron Terrazas Earns Co-Champion Honors at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The UTEP men’s golf team registered its best finish of the fall, placing second, and senior Aaron Terrazas won his first collegiate tournament as he was co-champion at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at NM State Golf Course on a chilly Tuesday afternoon.

The Miners (+26) birdied 40 times, the most by any team, while NM State (+21) won the team championship on its home course. Oral Roberts finished one stroke behind UTEP for third.

“We’re continuing to see improvement and I was pleased by the way our guys competed and played this week,” UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It was the second tournament in a row we had some difficult weather conditions and course conditions.”

Terrazas (71-72-73—216) and NM State’s Mike McGilton (74-67-75—216) were named co-champions at  3-over par after each pared their last holes at 18 (par 4). Terrazas shot +2 on the day, while McGilton shot 4-over par.

The pair pretty much went stroke for stroke the last five holes. Terrazas pared hole no. 14 (par 4), while McGilton bogeyed the same hole. Each of them birdied hole no. 15 (par 5) and bogeyed on 17 (par 3).

“We did see some good play by a number of different guys and I’m really proud of Aaron getting his first collegiate victory,” Lieberwirth said. “It was really big for him and I can see this boosting his confidence and using this as a springboard going forward.”

Four Miners finished in the top 10, as true freshman Marcus Khaw (71-73-73—217), who at one point held the lead on the player leaderboard, finished tied for third. Khaw shot a season-low 71 during the first round on Monday. Oskar Ambrosius (70-73-75—218) placed sixth and senior Settavut Paradee (73-77-70—220) fired a season-low score of 70 in the final round to move up 23 spots tied for ninth.

“Some of the other guys did great as well,” Lieberwirth said. “Oskar (Ambrosius) had a great day yesterday, Settavut (Paradee) came back and played a nice round today which was big for him and his confidence. Our little freshman, Marcus (Khaw), had a great tournament as well, but let it go at the end. But he was right there too.”

Terrazas led the field with a 3-over on par 4 scoring, while Paradee was recorded a 4-over. Ambrosius led the field with 13 birdies, while Khaw registered the second most at 12. Paradee birdied nine holes. Terrazas finished with 37 pars, tied for second most.

The Miners will return to action Oct. 20-21 when they host the Pepsi-Cola Classic at Red Hawk Golf Course in Las Cruces.

UTEP Men’s Golf in Third Place; Ambrosius, Terrazas Tied for Second

LAS CRUCES – The UTEP men’s golf team (287-298—585), which led the field with 28 birdies, is ranked third behind second place Oral Roberts (293-291—584) and host NM State (288-292—580) after the first two rounds on a cold and windy Monday at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at NM State Golf Course (par 71/7,242 yards).

UTEP was ranked first following round no. 1 after firing a season-low 287 (+3).

Senior Aaron Terrazas (71-72—143) shot 1-over par during the first two rounds and sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (70-73—143) opened the tournament with a 70 as both are tied for second place with UTRGV’s Henry Fisher (70-73—143). The frontrunner on the player leaderboard is NM State’s Mike McGilton (74-67—141), who shot the lowest round on the day with a 67 in round two.

Ambrosius and Fisher led the day with 11 birdies apiece, while Terrazas tallied six birdies. Ambrosius registered six of his birdies during the first round, including three consecutive on holes two (par 3), three (par 4) and four (par 5).

The other three competing Miners are Santiago Castilla (73-76—149), Settavut Paradee (73-77—150) and Nattapol Udomrat (76-79—155).

True freshman Marcus Khaw (71-73—144), competing as an individual, is ranked fifth and produced a career-low score of 71 during round no. 1. Khaw also recorded seven birdies on Monday.

The other Miners competing as individuals are Eduardo Gonzales (74-75—149), Cole Donielson (76-77—153), Greg Yellin (73-80—153) and Ben Getman (75-78—153).

Tuesday’s third and final round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Live stats are available via golfstat.com

UTEP Men’s Golf to Compete at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Cruces

The UTEP men’s golf team will head up I-10 to compete at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate hosted by NM State October 15-16 at NMSU Golf Course (par 71/7,242).

Monday’s first and second round action will be an 8:30 a.m. MT shotgun start. The Miners, and host Aggies will be joined by Cal Baptist, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, McMurry, Odessa JC, Oral Roberts, UTRGV, Wichita State, Western Illinois and Western New Mexico.

The Miners are coming off their best finish of the season, placing sixth (of 12) at the Paintbrush Invitational October 8-9.

“It’s definitely been a rough start to the season. We’ve played some really tough courses in some tough conditions, but I think we’re going to be better off for it in the long run,” UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Definitely in the short term, we’ve struggled to find enough depth to get us good enough team scores to compete.”

The Miners will be back in familiar territory when they compete in Las Cruces the next two tournaments, including UTEP’s own event the Pepsi-Cola Classic October 20-21 at Red Hawk Golf Course.

“We’re definitely excited to have a chance to play close to home here in the last two events of the fall and places that we are quite familiar with. I think that will definitely help,” Lieberwirth said.”

All 10 Miners (Oskar Ambrosius, Santiago Castilla, Cole Donielson, Ben Getman, Eduardo Gonzalez, Marcus Khaw, Settavut Paradee, Aaron Terrazas, Nattapol Udomrat and Greg Yellin) will make the trip to Las Cruces. For Donielson and Yellin, this will be their first action of the 2018-19 season.

UTEP did fight tough conditions during the first two tournaments of the season as they were cut short due to rain fall. The Miners played two rounds at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio and another pair of rounds at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to open the new campaign.

The squad finally completed three rounds at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at UNM Championship Golf Course. However, weather was a challenge again as snowy conditions kept halting the start time and suspending play at the Paintbrush Invitational in Denver, Colo., recently, but all 54 holes were completed.

Ambrosius didn’t let the conditions in Denver affect his play as the sophomore came up with a solid outing at the Paintbrush Invitational. Ambrosius (76-70-72—218) registered his first career top 10 finish (tied for 10th) at 2-over par, his lowest career score. It was also the second time during the fall that he finished as the top Miner.

Ambrosius opened the Paintbrush with a score of 76 in the first round, but responded with a season-low 70 in the second and shot par during round three.

“The sky is the limit for him (Ambrosius) as far talent and his ability level,” Lieberwirth said. “He’s starting to make a couple of correct changes in his golf game and a couple of adjustments in his swing. He’s really starting to take to it and I would expect him to continue to play well. He’s gaining confidence and I think this last tournament was a big confidence booster for him.”

Ambrosius has competed at all four tournaments during the fall and has recorded a 74.9 stroke average, ranking second on the team. Terrazas, who placed tied for fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, ranks first on the squad with a 74.4 stroke average in eight rounds (three tournaments) of play.

Paradee shot a season-low 72 at the Paintbrush and has a 76.8 stroke average. Khaw is the other Miners to have competed at all four events during the fall season. Khaw shot a season-low 74 in round three at the William H. Tucker.

Live scoring is available via: www.golfstat.com.

UTEP Women’s Golf Captures Second Team Title At NM State Aggie Invite

LAS CRUCES – The UTEP women’s golf team captured its second consecutive team title, winning the NM State Aggie Invite on Wednesday in Las Cruces.

The Miners shot 879 as a team (290-290-299) and have won two tournaments in a single season for the first time in school history. UTEP also took the championship at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate Sept. 29-30 in Palm Desert, Calif.

“The team has been working hard this season and it’s starting to show with this performance,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “Val [Mendizabal] and Lily [Downs] were big factors in us winning this tournament. The girls played well at the right time to get this big win on a tough course in a tough field.”

The Miners’ team score of 879 bested runner-up California Baptist, who finished with a total of 888 (294-304-290), by nine strokes.  A total of 12 teams participated in the tournament.  UTEP has now finished second, first and first in its first three tournaments of the 2018-19 season.

Valeria Mendizabal led the Miners by tying for third place, shooting an even-par 216 (69-71-76). Mendizabal finished one stroke behind California Baptist’s Erica Wang and NM State’s Dominique Galloway, who tied for first with a one-under par 215.

Lily Downs carded a four-over par 220 (72-71-77), earning a tie for 10th overall. Audrey Haddad finished tied for 19th for UTEP (77-73-73—223). Shannon O’Dwyer registered a 10-over par 226 (72-75-79) and finished tied for 27th place with teammate Crystal Wu (74-78-74).

Abbie Anghelescu tied for 43rd (78-79-73—230). Taylor Stone tied for 83rd overall (85-81-82—248). Stone and Wu both competed as individuals.

The Orange and Blue will play in the Little Rock Classic on Oct. 28-30 in Hot Springs Village, Ar.

Miners Extend Lead At NM State Aggie Invitational

Las Cruces, N.M. – The UTEP women’s golf team remains in control through 36 holes at the NM State Aggie Invitational, extending its lead to a comfortable 16-stroke advantage on Tuesday afternoon.

The Miners sit comfortably in first place (290-290—580) with a 16-stroke lead over second place NM State (297-299—596). Utah Valley (299-298—596), California Baptist (294-304—598) and Fresno State (297-302—599) round out the top-five.

Sophomore Valeria Mendizabal continues to lead the Miners sitting at the top of the helm. Mendizabal finished the day shooting one-under par 71, putting her at 4-under 69 through two rounds. The Guatemala native registered four birdies, including an eagle on the 11th hole. Mendizabal (69-71—140) increased her individual lead to three strokes.

Senior Lily Downs moved up eight spots and sits tied for second place, shooting at even-par 72. Downs (72-71—143) finished the day with two birdies. She’s tied with NM State’s Dominique Galloway (71-72—143), Southern Utah’s Chanikan Yongyuan (71-72—143) and Utah Valley’s Nathalie Irlbacher (72-71—143).

UTEP’s Shannon O’Dwyer (72-75—147) is tied for 10th place. O’Dwyer highlighted her day with an impressive fourth-hole eagle, her first of the season. Audrey Haddad (77-73-150) is tied for 22nd overall and Abbie Anghelescu (78-79—157) is tied for 56th.

Competing as individuals, the Miners’ Crystal Wu (74-78-152) is tied for 35th and Taylor Stone (85-81—166) is tied for 82nd place.

The tournament will wrap up on Wednesday with the final round set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.

UTEP Men’s Golf Places Seventh, Ambrosius Finishes in Top 10

PARKER, Co. – UTEP golfer Oskar Ambrosius (76-70-72—218) moved up a spot after shooting par in the third round to place tied for 10th – his first career top 10 finish – on the individual leaderboard on the final day of competition at the Paintbrush Invitational Tuesday at Colorado Golf Club (par 72/7,513).

Overall, UTEP (303-295-297—895) placed seventh, its highest finish thus far during the 2018 fall season. After shooting a 303, the Miners responded with solid second and third round scores, shooting 295 and 297, respectively. The Miners recorded 166 pars, the second most behind Wyoming (173).

Despite day two starting late in the morning due to frost and play being suspended a few times throughout the afternoon due to snowfall, Ambrosius came up with his best performance in his young UTEP career.

Ambrosius’s score of 218 is a career-low during a 54-hole event, while his 2-over par was also a career best. Ambrosius performed well on par 5 scoring, shooting a 3-under.

The sophomore registered 35 pars, tied for 10th most during the event, while his nine birdies were tied for 17th. During the second round, Ambrosius fired a season-low 70, while birdying holes eight (par 4), 10 (par 4), 15 (par 5) and 16 (par 5). Ambrosius registered four more birdies in the third round.

Senior Aaron Terrazas (76-75-71—222) fired a 1-under par during the third round, moving up six spots tied for 21st.

Settavut Paradee (72-80-76—228) placed 38th, while Nattapol Udomrat (79-75-79—233) finished tied for 51st and Marcus Khaw (82-75-78—235) tied for 57th.

Colorado State (287-294-289—870) won the team event at 6-over par, while the Rams’ own Oscar Teiffel (70-69-67—206) won the individual leaderboard at 10-under.

The Miners will continue the fall slate at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Oct. 15-16 at the NMSU Golf Course.

UTEP’s Valeria Mendizabal Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP women’s golf Valeria Mendizabal was named the Conference USA Golfer of the week after her performance at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Classic, announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Mendizabal contributed a consistent effort for the Miners at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Invitational.

The sophomore tied for second place out of 70 golfers with three straight rounds of 1-over 73 (219) to lift UTEP to its first tournament title of the 2018-19 season.

The Guatemala native registered a 2-under and tied the event lead on par-5 scoring. The 12-team tournament was played at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.

The Orange and Blue will return to action at the Aggie Invitational on October 8-10 in Las Cruces.

Women’s Golf Team Set To Compete At The 2018 Cowgirl Desert Classic

After opening the 2018-19 campaign by garnering a second-place finish at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial, the UTEP women’s golf team will look to continue its early-season success at the 2018 Cowgirl Desert Classic hosted by Wyoming University in Palm Desert, Ca., on September 29-30.

The Miners are slated to compete against 11 teams including, Wyoming, California Baptist, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Montana, North Dakota and Texas-Arlington.

The 2018 Cowgirl Desert Classic will be contested at the par-72, 6,097-yard Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. UTEP finished fifth overall in a field of 20 teams in last year’s competition.

Leading the Miners will be the lone senior Lily Downs. She finished tied for fourth overall at the MSU/ Payne Stewart Memorial (72-72-70–214). Juniors Abbie Anghelescu and Shannon O’Dwyer, making her season debut, will make the trip to Wyoming. Anghelescu earned a top-10 finish in the opening tournament shooting a six-over par (75-68-76–219).

Sophomores Audrey Haddad and Valeria Mendizabal will round out the five-member squad.

Fans can follow along the action by following @UTEPwgolf on Twitter and live stats via GolfStat.com.

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.

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