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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.

Corner Moves to a Share of Sixth at NCAA Pacific Regional

STOCKTON, Ca. – Charles Corner mirrored his round one score, firing a blistering round of 69 for a 6-under 138 (69-69) tournament total and a share of sixth place after round two of the NCAA Pacific Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park (par 72/7,239 yards) in Stockton on Tuesday.

Corner trails only Norman Xiong, the No. 5 ranked player in the nation out of Oregon, in the fight for the low-individual advancement to the national championship, as Alabama (-14), Iowa State (-14), Kansas (-13), Stanford (-8), and TCU (-7) make the top-5 of the field.

Xiong is three strokes ahead of Corner with a 9-under 135 (68-67) score and sole possession of second place. The third and final round will begin tomorrow morning, Corner will tee off at 10:04 a.m. PT.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Ok.

Corner stayed even-par through three holes to start his round before his first birdie on hole No. 4. He would pick up three more on the back-nine and only bogey once for his stellar round.

The Canada product is tied for second in the field in Par 3 scoring (2.88 Avg./-1 Sc.) and third in Par 4 scoring (3.90 Avg./-2 Sc.) while bringing his birdie total to eight. Corner has collected 26 pars and has only bogeyed twice in the tournament.

Live stats for the last round of the regional are available at www.golfstat.com.

Corner Tied for Eighth After Day One of NCAA Regional

STOCKTON, Ca. – UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner picked up four birdies to help him to a round of 69 and a tie for eighth place after one round of the NCAA Pacific Regional at The Reserve at Spanos Park (par 72/ 7,239 yards) on Monday.

Corner, playing as an individual, is two strokes out of the lead and ranks third out of 75 among the individual competition. The top individual not on an advancing team will move on to the national championship May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Iowa State is leading the field as a team with 10-under 278, while a three-way tie between Daniel Sutton (Kansas), Brandon Wu (Stanford), and individual Ryan Han pace the field with 5-under 67.

The recent UTEP graduate and lone Miner representative shot three birdies on the front nine, including consecutive birdies on holes No. 5 and No. 6, and only bogeyed once in his opening day run. He is tied for second in both Par 3 scoring (3.00 avg./E Sc.) and Par 4 scoring (3.80 Avg./-2 Sc.) while also ranking in a tie for fourth in the field in birdies with four and second on the leaderboard in pars with 13.

The NCAA Pacific Regional will continue tomorrow and run through Wednesday, with the low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional punching their ticket to the finals.

Live stats are available at golfstat.com

UTEP’s Corner Begins NCAA Regional Golf Run on Monday

After UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner walks across the Don Haskins Center stage to receive his diploma on Saturday, he’ll hop on a plane to California immediately after to prep for his run at the NCAA California Regional on Monday, May 14 with the first round of stroke play.

Competition at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Ca., hosted by University of the Pacific, will run through Wednesday, May 16, with the highest-finishing individual not on an advancing team punching their ticket to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Corner, who completed his bachelor’s degree in finance, was one of 10 individuals selected to participate in the event, marking his second appearance at an NCAA Regional tournament and the first time he will compete as an individual.

Last season, he joined the Miners at the Washington regional where they competed as a team. Corner spearheaded the UTEP run all tournament and finished in a tie for 22nd.

“Having some experience playing a tournament of this magnitude is going to help [Corner],” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “He [Corner] knows what it looks like and feels like, he knows exactly what to expect. I think his game is going to fit very well to the course that we’re going to. The weather looks good, so I would assume there’s going to be quite a few birdies made. Charlie, on score-able courses, does tend to make quite a few birdies, so that part lines up. I’ve always felt the strength in his game is his putting, so that’s essentially what it’s going to be. If he can get hot with the putter and get his birdie game up, then he’s going to be well-positioned to get through.”

Taking the course alongside Corner will be 13 teams to include top-seed and No. 6 nationally-ranked LSU, No. 8 Alabama, No. 16 Stanford, No. 19 Southern California, Oregon, TCU, Colorado, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Iowa State, UNC Greensboro, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State.

Southern California boasts the No. 2 ranked player in the country in Justin Suh, while Oregon has Norman Xiong, ranked No. 5 in the country. Individual competitors include Carl Yuan (Washington), Riley Elmes (Loyola Marymount), Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Felix Mory (CSU-Northridge), Blake Tomlinson (Utah), Henry Kee (Washington), Jeremy Gandon (Kansas State), Ryan Han (UC Davis), and Michael Christifulli (Siena).

“He’s [Corner] competed very well in some of our more difficult events,” Lieberwirth said. “We know there’s going to be a ton of good players there, you’re going to have two of the top five players in the country in that field. You don’t know who the teams are that are going to advance and typically there’s some really strong individual play from somebody on a team that doesn’t advance. Anything outside the top-five, we would pretty much feel like that’s not going to be enough to get through to the championship.”

Since taking the reigns of the program in 2011, Liberwirth has had a UTEP golfer make an appearance in an NCAA Regional in six out of seven years. Former Miner Martin Simonsen made it in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and Frederik Drier, another notable golf alum, made his solo appearance in 2016.

UTEP sent the whole team to the NCAA Washington Regional in 2017 after winning the Conference USA Championship. Corner will continue that run in 2018.

“He’s got to go out and play his best,” Lieberwirth said. “Just like any other tournament, we don’t want to consume ourselves with the position we are currently standing in. He’s got a job to do of playing the best golf he knows how. Let the other guys shoot what they shoot, Charlie can only control Charlie.”

Corner’s post-season run was earned at the end of a phenomenal senior season. The Canada product earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Conference Second Team for the second consecutive year and finished his career with two Golfer of the Week honors. Corner was the Miners’ top finisher in four of five spring tournaments, notched three top-five finishes, and constructed a 72.4 stroke average. His second-place showing at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational helped lift the Miners to a team crown.

Corner’s excellence in the classroom did not go unnoticed, as he was one of five C-USA golfers named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team. He is also 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.

“We’re going to miss Charlie,” Lieberwirth said. “I’m very proud of everything he’s done athletically and academically, he’s been a great representative of our program.”

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will take place beginning Monday, with 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competing at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams.

The low-five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University is the host institution for the 2018 championships.

Live stats for the regional tournament will be available via golfstat.com.

UTEP Golf’s Corner Named to CUSA All Conference Team, Will Head to NCAA Championships

It was a kudos-filled Wednesday for UTEP Golfer and Senior Charles Corner, as he was named to the C-USA All-Conference Second Team and will be headed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

Corner was selected as one of 10 individuals participating in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee announced Wednesday.  Earlier in the day, and for the second consecutive year, Corner earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Conference Second Team list.

Corner finished his collegiate career with two conference second-team selections, two Golfer of the Week honors, a spot on the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic team as well as a 2017 Conference USA Championship.

“It’s been a great year,” Corner said. “I’m very excited to get this award.”

The Canada product paced the team as the Miners’ top finisher in four of five spring tournaments. He most recently finished in a tie for 31st at the Conference USA Championship, where the team took eighth. Corner constructed a team-best 71.5 stroke average through 12 events with three top-five finishes. His second-place showing at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational lifted UTEP to a team crown.

Corner helped the Miners finish the year with one tournament title and eight top-10 finishes, include three top-five finishes, in 12 tournaments this season.

As for the NCAA Championship schedule, six 54-hole regional tournaments will take place, Corner will head to Stockton, Calif. to compete at The Reserve at Spanos Park, hosted by University of the Pacific May 14-16.

It will mark Corner’s second appearance at an NCAA Regional tournament and the first time he will compete as an individual. Last season, he joined the Miners at the Washington regional where they competed as a team. Corner spearheaded the UTEP run all tournament and finished in a tie for 22nd.

Corner will be competing as an individual amongst 13 teams to include regional top-seed LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Southern California, Oregon, TCU, Colorado, Kansas, Kennesaw State, Iowa State, UNC Greensboro, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State. Individual competitors include Carl Yuan (Washington), Riley Elmes (Loyola Marymount), Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Felix Mory (CSU-Northridge), Blake Tomlinson (Utah), Henry Kee (Washington), Jeremy Gandon (Kansas State), Ryan Han (UC Davis), and Michael Christifulli (Siena).

Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University is the host institution for the 2018 championships.

Live stats for the regional tournament will be available via golfstat.com.

UTEP’s Downs Selected to Women’s Golf All-Conference USA Team

UTEP junior Lily Downs was one of 15 student-athletes voted to the 2018 women’s golf All-Conference USA Team.

Members of the C-USA Team were announced on Friday; Downs is a second team selection.

The first team is composed of Middle Tennessee’s Hanley Long, Old Dominion’s Maggie Simmermacher and Katerina Vlasinova, UTSA’s Julie Houston and WKU’s Mary Joiner.

Joining Downs on the second team are Middle Tennessee’s Jenna Burris, North Texas’ Lauren Cox, UTSA’s Ana Gonzalez and WKU’s Georgina Blackman.

Third team honorees are FIU’s Valentina Gilly and Katerina Krasova, Marshall’s Shelby Brauckmuller, Southern Miss’ Nichada Satasuk and UAB’s Maria Donado.

A native of Kirklevington, Yarm, U.K., Downs posted a team-leading 74.1 scoring average this season. She also paced the Miners in top-10 finishes (six) and top-20 showings (seven), with her season-best second place coming at the Little Rock/A-State Invitational in Maumelle, Ark. Downs tied for fifth place at the Conference USA Championships, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Downs led UTEP to top-three finishes at seven of 10 tournaments, including runner-up at the Conference USA Championship.

UTEP Golf Finishes Eighth at Conference Tournament

TEXARKANA – The UTEP men’s golf team moved up one spot on the leaderboard, finishing in eighth place out of 13 teams at the 2018 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday.

The Miners ended their season with a 28-over 892 (297-300-295) stroke play score at the Texarkana Country Club (par 72/ 6,969 yards), but were four spots short of the desired fourth place position to qualify for match play.

UAB never let go of its lead, taking first place in stroke play after firing 8-over 872 (288-294-290) and the No. 1 seed in match play. Middle Tennessee (+13) notched the No. 2 match play seed, Charlotte (+16) nabbed the No. 3 seed and Rice (+17) edged North Texas by one stroke to secure the fourth and final match play slot.

Nicklas Pihl, who captained the Miner run since play began on Sunday, ended at the top of the UTEP scorecard after firing a round of 74 for a 2-over 218 (71-73-74) total to share a spot in sixth place. It marked the best finish of his career playing in Texarkana and his fourth and final appearance at the conference tournament.

The Denmark product picked up five birdies in his final round for a team-leading 14 total, the second-most in the field. Pihl collected 28 pars in his run, while also recording the second-best Par 4 score (3.87 Avg./-4 Sc.) in the tournament.

Aaron Terrazas shot a round of 73 to close out the tournament with a 4-over 220 (78-69-73) score to finish in a tie for 16th place. The junior totaled eight birdies and 35 pars, while his round two score of 69 marked the lowest UTEP round of the tournament.

Moving nine spots up the leaderboard, senior Charles Corner ended his collegiate career in a tie for 31st after shooting 10-over 226 (73-79-74). Corner picked up nine birdies and 29 pars through stoke play.

Settavut Paradee shot a low-round of 74 for a 15-over 231 (75-82-74) performance, lifting him four spots up to 50th place. Paradee paced the team with 38 pars in his debut at the conference tournament. Santiago Castilla, also playing in his first conference tournament, finished in a tie for 51st place after shooting a total of 16-over 232 (78-79-75). Castilla had three birdies and 36 pars through the three rounds.

Together, the Miners totaled 35 birdies and 166 pars while also ranking third in the field in Par 4 scoring (4.13 Avg./+19 Sc.).

The Miners finished the year with one tournament title, their own Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational championship, and marked eight top-10 finishes, include three top-five finishes, in 12 tournaments this season.

Pihl Stays in the Top-Five, Miner Golf Drops to Ninth on Leaderboard

TEXARKANA – After ending his round on two birdies, Nicklas Pihl stayed even-par to remain in the top-5 of the field, but the UTEP men’s golf team dropped six spots on the leaderboard to ninth place out of 13 teams after day two of stoke play at the 2018 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship.

The Miners shot 12-over 300 for a tournament total of 21-over 597 (297-300) at the Texarkana Country Club (par 72/ 6,969 yards), putting the team eight strokes out of qualifying for match play on Wednesday with one round of stroke play left. Middle Tennessee and UAB are tied for the field lead with a 6-over 582 total, while Rice is in third place with 10-over 586 (303-283).

UTSA and North Texas are tied for the fourth and final qualifying spot for match play after totaling 13-over 589. The final round of stroke play will be tomorrow, the Miners will begin to tee off at 8 a.m. CT alongside Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.

Pihl paced the Miners for the second straight day, firing 1-over 73 for an even-par 144 (71-73) total. He started his day with four-straight bogeys, but Pihl bounced back with six birdies, including four on the back-nine. The senior leads the team with nine birdies.

Behind five birdies and only two bogeys, Aaron Terrazas had a strong round of 69 for a 3-over 147 (78-69) total, lifting him 31 spots up the leaderboard to tie for 14th place. Three of his five birdies were collected on Par 5s, helping Terrazas to tie for second in the field in Par 5 scoring (4.50 avg./-4 Sc.). The junior has six birdies total and 22 pars.

“Nick [Pihl] and Aaron were great,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Nick fought really well today. I’m happy for the both of them.”

Charles Corner shot a round of 79 for a 8-over 152 (73-79) total and a share of 40th place. The senior picked up four birdies for eight total. Rounding out the Miner scorecard, Settavut Paradee and Santiago Castilla both tied for 54th after totaling 13-over 157. Paradee had a round two score of 82 and leads the team in pars with 24, while Castilla chalked in a round of 79 with a birdie.

As a unit, the Miners have totaled 25 birdies and 104 pars.

The top four finishers in stroke play will move on to the match play portion of the tournament to be played on Wednesday, April 25.

“We just need a complete performance, top to bottom, and we haven’t had that yet,” Lieberwith said. “We’re going to have to play one of the best rounds of the year [tomorrow]. We’re going to have to be on tomorrow.”

Live stats are available via www.golfstat.com.

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