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UTEP Women’s Golf recognized by NCAA for Academic Excellence

The UTEP Women’s Golf program earned national recognition by the NCAA on Tuesday for excelling academically in the past year.

“I am proud of the team for their hard work in the classroom,” head coach Jere Pelletier said. “Traditionally, we do well as a team in the classroom. We are always striving to have the highest GPA of all the teams. Several years ago, we won the national GPA award for all of women’s golf. Academics are always a priority for us and I am proud of the team for this accomplishment.”

The NCAA recognized nearly 1,400 Division I programs, including UTEP Women’s Golf, from 326 schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

Recently, UTEP’s entire 2019-20 roster also earned spots on Conference USA’s annual Commissioner’s Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Additionally, three Miners were named Conference USA Academic Medalists for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. Those three student-athletes honored were Abbie Anghelescu, Sophie Delfosse and Valeria Mendizabal.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards by the NCAA increased to 1,380, up by 52 from the previous academic year, largely due to an increase in squads with perfect scores. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,266, an increase of 52 teams from last year.

Of the teams recognized, 499 competed in men’s or mixed sports and 881 competed in women’s sports. Every women’s team earning a Public Recognition Award this year also earned a perfect score.

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 19. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

UTEP moves up five spots in final round at GCU Invite

PHOENIX  – UTEP’s Women’s Golf team improved five spots on the leaderboard on Sunday to finish fifth in the final round of the GCU Invite in Phoenix.

Sunday’s second round capped off the event, which was originally scheduled for three rounds before rainy weather on Saturday in Phoenix forced tournament officials to cut the event short.

After finishing the first round in 10th place, the Miners shaved 11 shots off its team total on Sunday to shoot 293 (+5) on the day and finish the event in fifth out of 14 teams.

UTEP finished the first day by shooting 304 (+16) as a team and ended the weekend at 21-over with a two-round team score of 597. Grand Canyon took home the team title after shooting even par (576) for the tournament.

The Miners were led by Valeria Mendizabal, who shot even par (72) on Sunday to move up into a tie for eighth individually. Mendizabal shot 73 (+1) in the opening round to end Saturday’s first round tied for 13th. Over two rounds, the junior from Guatemala shot 1-over with a score of 145 on the weekend.

UTEP’s Sophie Delfosse led the Miners in the second round after shooting 1-under 71 on Sunday, while she finished the event tied for 18th with a two-round total of 149 (+5). Audrey Haddad (77, 76) and Abbie Anghelescu (79, 74) both finished the weekend in a tie for 36th after posting scores of 153 (+9) over two rounds.

Taylor Stone finished the weekend by shooting 76 on Saturday and 84 on Sunday for a two-round total of 160 (+16). UTEP’s Crystal Wu competed as an individual at this weekend’s tournament and finished the event with scores of 79 and 77 for a total score of 156 (+12).

UTEP returns to action March 10-11 when the Miners travel to the Hawaiian Islands to compete in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP Women’s Golf Opens Aggie Invitational Monday

UTEP’s Women’s Golf team continues its fall campaign this week when the Miners make the short trip to Las Cruces to compete in the Aggie Invitational beginning on Monday.

The Miners will compete in the 54-hole event on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the New Mexico State Aggies serving as the hosts for this week’s invitational.

The 2019 Aggie Invitational is made up of a 17-team field for the three-day event.

The tournament will feature a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on all three days. The Aggie Invitational will be held at the NM State Golf Course, which is a 72-par, 6,368-yard course in Las Cruces.

UTEP will play 18 holes on each day.

UTEP will send eight golfers to this week’s event, including Valeria Mendizabal Riepele (Jr., Guatemala City, Guatemala), Audrey Haddad (Jr., Geneva, Switzerland), Abbie Anghelescu (Sr., Wolfe Island, Ontario), Sophie Delfosse (Fr., Valenciennes, France), Shannon O’Dwyer (Sr., Hartlepool, Durham, U.K.), Taylor Stone (Jr., Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Naomie Ramirez (So., Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) and Andrea Ostos (R-Fr., Chihuahua, Mexico).

In addition to the Aggies and Miners, the rest of this week’s field includes Cal Baptist, CSU-Bakersfield, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UC Irvine, Incarnate Word, Northern Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, UT Arlington, UTRGV and Utah Valley.

The UTEP Women’s Golf wrapped up the final round of action at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in third place on Sept. 29 at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.

In the third and final round, the UTEP Miners shot 324 as a team and ended the event just two shots off the leader and eventual winner, Cal Poly (+61). The Miners posted a three-round total of 927 (304-299-324).

UTEP had two top 10 finishes individually with junior Valeria Mendizabal leading the way with a second-place finish. Mendizabal ended the third with a score of 221 (+5) after shooting 74, 72 and 75 over the three rounds.

Additionally, UTEP’s Audrey Haddad tied for seventh out of 63 golfers after she posted scores of 75, 75 and 80 for a three-round total of 230 (+14).

Miner fans can follow along with all the action from Las Cruces with live scoring available on

Miners finish third at Wyoming Intercollegiate

PALM DESERT, Ca. – The UTEP Women’s Golf wrapped up the final round of action at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in third place on Sunday at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.

On Sunday’s third and final round, the UTEP Miners shot 324 as a team and ended the event just two shots off the leader and eventual winner, Cal Poly (+61). The Miners posted a three-round total of 927 (304-299-324).

UTEP had two top 10 finishes individually with junior Valeria Mendizabal leading the way with a second-place finish. Mendizabal ended the third with a score of 221 (+5) after shooting 74, 72 and 75 over the three rounds.

Additionally, UTEP’s Audrey Haddad tied for seventh out of 63 golfers after she posted scores of 75, 75 and 80 for a three-round total of 230 (+14).

During Saturday’s opening round, UTEP shot 304 (+16) as a team during the first 18 holes to finish the morning in third place. The Miners shot 300 as a unit over the next 18 holes to finish the day in second place (+27) behind Cal Poly with a team total of 604 before the final round on Sunday.

Abbie Anghelescu (79-74-85) and Andrea Ostos (76-78-84) ended the weekend tied for 22nd after the two teammates both shot 238 (+22) this weekend. Crystal Wu (81-80-85) finished out the 54-hole event for the Miners with a three-round total of 246 (+30)

UTEP returns to the links next Monday, Oct. 7 when the Miners make the short trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to compete in the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational.

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at

HP Sports in Depth: Miner Women’s Golf fortunes rising with Mendizabal

The UTEP women’s golf team is coming off one of the best seasons in school history in 2018-19.

If the Miners are going to approach or even exceed that level of excellence during the 2019-20 campaign, Valeria Mendizabal will be at the heart of the success.

A junior from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Mendizabal is UTEP’s top returnee after posting a 73.4 scoring average a year ago.  She was the team co-MVP, placing in the top-10 at three tournaments.

As Mendizabal’s game grew in leaps and bounds last season, the Miners followed her lead and won four tournaments for the first time in school history.  They posted three consecutive tournament victories during the fall season, quite an amazing achievement.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Mendizabal said.  “It all came together.  We had five players who were playing well at the same time, which is very hard to do.”

Along with her teammates, Mendizabal played her best golf during the fall as she tied for second place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate and tied for third place at the Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces.  Overall, she dropped her scoring average from 75.6 the previous year.  Her coach at UTEP, Jere Pelletier, played a major role in her gaining comfort and confidence.

“When I first came to UTEP, I already knew how to play but coming from Guatemala, I was used to beating two or three girls that didn’t play that well,” she said.  “So when I got here and played in my first tournament, I realized how much competition there was.  It’s like playing against 100 girls who can break par.  Coach has helped me to understand that if you want to be a really good player, you have to work hard on your game.  And even if the results don’t come fast, you have to be certain that they will if you keep working hard.”

Mendizabal started playing golf when she was about seven years of age.

“My dad, my brothers and my sister would go to the golf course every Sunday and play nine holes,” she said.  “At first I didn’t really think I was going to be playing for so long, but then I kind of fell in love with the sport and kept practicing and improving.”

When she was 15, Mendizabal realized she had a chance to parlay golf into a college scholarship if she kept getting better.  Meanwhile, she continued to hone her skills in tournament competition.

“I played in pretty big tournaments for Guatemala since it’s a small country,” she said.  “I played the Pan Am Games, and the Central American and Caribbean games.  I played the World Amateur Team Championship two times, and some other big tournaments.  It’s pretty cool to represent Guatemala.  It’s an honor and I’m proud to do it.”

One of the highlights of her young career was playing alongside native countryman José Toledo.

“He plays on PGA Tour Latin America and he is the only pro golfer right now from Guatemala,” she said.  “We played together in the Pan Am Games.  When I was a kid, he was my idol.  I looked up to him and being able to be on the same team as him was like a dream come true.”

How does a girl from Guatemala end up at UTEP?

“A friend of mine went to school here and put me in contact with coach Jere,” she said.  “I came to visit and I talked to coach.  I really liked the campus and I really got along with coach.  Those are the main reasons I’m here.”

Now she’s about to begin her third season with the Miners, as they’ll tee off the 2019-20 season at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial tournament on Monday in Springfield, Mo.

With all of the team’s accomplishments last season, one goal went unfulfilled, and that was to win Conference USA.

“I think we need everyone to shoot under par.  That’s what it’s going to take to win conference,” she said.  “We were doing that in the fall [last year], but we didn’t play as well in the spring.  We have good players, we know how to play and coach helps us with our course management.  So I don’t see why we can’t do it [in 2020].”

Some of golf’s all-time greats have said that the sport is at least 80 percent mental.  The mental component of her game is something that Mendizabal continues to work on.

“I already have what it takes to play under par and score well but last year, I had two chances to win individual tournaments and at the end I got nervous and couldn’t finish,” she said.  “I really learned from those tournaments and I think the next time I’m in that position, I’ll be able to manage it better and hopefully win.  When you work so hard for something and you’re so close to getting it and you don’t, it’s hard to recover.  But I just need to get better with my mental game and get stronger.”

Mendizabal is a Finance major at UTEP.  She has flourished in the classroom, earning a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal (minimum 3.75 grade point average) in each of the last two years.

She’s not sure what the future holds past UTEP, although she’d love to play professionally some day down the road.

“It’s going to depend a lot on my senior year,” she said.  “I love golf obviously, but there’s a lot of competition out there.  If I don’t play pro golf, I think I’ll be a graduate assistant for two years and get my masters, and then go to work.”

Mendizabal’s work ethic, in all likelihood, will make her a success at anything she chooses to do.  She admitted she doesn’t have much time for hobbies.

“I’m always playing golf,” she said.  “But if I have time, I like to watch a movie and relax for a bit, because we have a pretty busy life.  But most of the time, I’m on the golf course, just trying to get better.”


The UTEP Women’s Golf fall season is set to get underway Monday when the Miners travel to Springfield, Missouri, for the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial.

The 54-hole event is hosted by the Missouri State Bears and is made up of a 12-team field for the two-day event. The tournament will feature a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MT on Monday and Tuesday. The MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial will be held at the 71-par, 5,981-yard course at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield.

“We are excited to get the season started at Missouri State,” head coach Jere Pelletier said. “The girls have worked hard over the summer and they are looking forward to putting their games to the test starting Monday.”

Monday’s action will feature 36 holes, while the final round of 18 holes is slated for Tuesday morning.

In addition to the Bears, the rest of the field includes Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Creighton, Drury, McNeese State, Oklahoma City, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, UMKC and Wichita State.

The MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial is named in honor of the Springfield native and PGA Tour standout who perished in a plane crash in 1999.

Miner fans can follow along with all the action with live scoring available on

For complete coverage of UTEP Women’s Golf, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPwgolf (Twitter) and @UTEPwomensgolf (Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at

UTEP Women’s Golf Captures Third Consecutive Tournament Title

The UTEP women’s golf team claimed its third tournament win this season, shooting a total score of 862 at the 41st Annual FIU Pat Bradley Invitational in Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

“We had a great overall team effort and I couldn’t be prouder of our ladies,” UTEP head coach Jere Pelletier said. “Each player really stepped up when they needed to and played smart golf. The team is showing great course management skill and it’s paying off for them.”

UTEP finished the tournament with rounds of 290, 287 and 285. This is the third consecutive win for the Miners, having previously taken the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Classic and the NM State Aggie Invite. The Miners finished three strokes ahead of USF (865), six strokes ahead of fellow Conference USA team FIU (868) and 11 strokes ahead of C-USA member Southern Miss (873).

Lily Downs and Shannon O’Dwyer led the team, finishing tied for seventh with a one-under par 215. Downs (74-70-71) picked up her 15th career top-10 finish and O’Dwyer (72-70-73) notched her first top-10 showing as a Miner.

Abbie Anghelescu (72-73-72) shot a one-over par 217 to finish tied for 14th place.

Sophomore Valeria Mendizabal had the top performance of the day for the Miners, shooting a three-under par 69. She finished the final day at 220 overall (73-78-69) and tied for 24th place. Audrey Haddad rounded out the tournament with a four-over par 220 (73-74-73) and tying with Mendizabal.

The Orange and Blue will close out the fall schedule with the Little Rock Classic on Oct. 28-30 in Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Miners Take The Lead At 41st Annual FIU Pat Bradley

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Junior Shannon O’Dwyer moved up seven spots to finish day two of the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational tied for third place.

In addition to O’Dwyer’s move, the whole UTEP women’s golf team improved by three spots to take over first as a team.

The Miners have posted rounds of 290 and 287 for a total of 577 with 18 holes remaining. The team holds a four-stoke lead over second-place, Conference USA foe Southern Miss (581 – +5).

O’Dwyer has shot a two-under par 70 (142). She trails Gonzaga’s Quynn Duong, who fired a five-under par 67 (140).

Senior Lily Downs sits tied for 10th-place, shooting a two-under par 70 (144). Abbie Anghelescu stands one-over par 73 (145), tied for 13th place. Audrey Haddad is tied for 16th overall (147). Valeria Mendizabal is tied for 39th place (151).

The final round is set for Tuesday with a shotgun start at 6:30 a.m. MT.

UTEP Women’s Golf Prep For Pat Bradley Invitational

Coming off back-to-back first-place finishes at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Invite and the Aggie Invit, the UTEP women’s golf team return to action on Sunday when it participates in the FAU Invitational at Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Boca Raton.

The Miners have racked up two tournament wins and a second-place finish at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial. Joining UTEP and host FAU will be Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Florida Gulf Coast University, Georgia State, Gonzaga, Jacksonville, McNeese State, Texas A&M-CC, UMKC, South Florida, Southern Miss and Wyoming.

Eighteen holes will be played on each day on the par-72, 6,828-yard course, beginning on Sunday slated for 6 a.m. MT.

Making the trip to the Sunshine State will be Valeria Mendizabal, Lily Downs, Audrey Haddad, Shannon O’Dwyer and Abbie Anghelescu. Downs leads the team with a 72.6 scoring average, earning three top-10 finishes on the season.

Mendizabal sits at 75.1, followed by Haddad (76.5), Anghelescu (76.5) and O’Dwyer (77.5).

Mendizabal is coming off her best individual performance at the Aggie Invitational. She shot even-par 216, finishing tied for third overall. Downs is very familiar with the Lakewood Ranch course, earning a second-place showing in 2017.

Official stats will be available online.


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, Women’s Golf Team Tee Off 2018 Season This Week

The UTEP women’s and men’s teams hit the links this week, opening up their 2018-19 seasons.

The UTEP women’s golf team will open the 2018-19 season at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Monday and Tuesday in Springfield, Mo. and the men’s golf season will begin in San Antonio at the Lone Star Invitational September 10-11. 

“We are very excited for this season,” said women’s head coach Jere Pelletier. “I’m very confident in our team this year. We’ve played well in the past at this tournament and should be a familiar course for our players.”  The tournament will be played at the par-71, 6.000-yard Twin Oaks Country Club. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.

Taking the course for the Miner men and ninth-year UTEP head coach Scott Lieberwirth will be sophomores Oskar Ambrosius, Santiago Castilla, seniors Ben Getman and Settavut Paradee, junior Eduardo Gonzalez, and true freshman Marcus Khaw.

For the Miner women it’s the first of five fall tournaments, who will also participate in the Pirate Collegiate Classic (Sept. 17-18 in Greenville, N.C.), the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate (Sept. 29-30 in Palm Desert, Calif.), the Aggie Invitational (Oct. 8-10 in Las Cruces, N.M.) and the Little Rock Classic (Oct. 28-30 in Hot Springs Village, Ark.)

For the men, rounds one and two will begin Monday, as tee time is set for a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT/7 MT. Round three is set for Tuesday also with an 8 a.m. CT start.

For more information visit the official website for the Miner Men’s Team and Miner Women’s Team.

UTEP Women’s Golf Posts Solid First Day at NMSU

The UTEP women’s golf team is in the thick of the title chase with 18 holes complete at the NM State Aggie Invitational on Monday in Las Cruces.

The Miners shot 297 as a team, leaving them four strokes back of the leader UC Irvine (293) and two strokes behind second-place and tournament host NMSU (295).

The second round is set for Tuesday with the final round to be played on Wednesday.

UTEP’s Alisa Rodriguez shot a one-under-par 71 and is tied for fourth place.  June Ting and Lily Downs are tied for 10th place (75), Sofia Castiello is tied for 16th place (76) and Crystal Wu is tied for 21st place (77).

The individual leader is Stephen F. Austin’s Jessica White (67).

UTEP also sent Abbie Anghelescu to compete as an individual.  Anghelescu is tied for 38th place (80).

UTEP Women’s Golf Takes Seventh at Bob Hurley Shootout

TULSA, OKLA. — The UTEP women’s golf team fired its best round of the tournament on Tuesday at the Bob Hurley Shootout in Tulsa.  The Miners picked up a seventh-place finish with a total of 927 (318-309-300).

Lamar was champion of the 17-team event (298-301-296-895), with Oral Roberts second (306-299-303-908) and Stephen F. Austin third (307-306-299-912).

The Miners’ June Ting surged to a third-place tie by carding an even-par 71 on Tuesday.  Her total was 222, nine-over-par (75-76-71).  Ting shot the second-lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday behind Stephen F. Austin’s Jessica White (70).

UTEP’s Alisa Rodriguez tied for 16th place (76-78-75-229), Lily Downs tied for 39th place (85-75-75-235), Sofia Castiello tied for 65th place (82-82-79-243) and Crystal Wu took 82nd place (91-80-82-253).

Lamar teammates Wenny Chang (75-74-72-221) and Elodie Chapelet (73-75-73-221) tied for the individual title.

UTEP continues its fall season at the Aggie Invitational next week (Oct. 3-5) in Las Cruces.

UTEP Women’s Golf Takes 7th Place at Conference Championships

FORT MYERS, FLA. – The UTEP women’s golf team wrapped up its 2015-16 season on Wednesday.  The Miners put together an outstanding final round at the Conference USA Championships and tied for seventh place.

UTEP fired a 291 over the final 18 holes, its best round of the season.  The Miners registered the second-best score of the day behind champion Middle Tennessee (284).

Middle Tennessee captured its second consecutive league title (296-296-284-876).  Old Dominion was second (300-293-296-889), Southern Miss third (300-303-293-896), UTSA (306-303-298-907) and WKU (305-304-298-907) tied for fourth, FIU sixth (299-313-300-912), Marshall tied for seventh (309-306-313-928), UAB ninth (312-319-304-935), Florida Atlantic 10th (307-325-312-944) and North Texas 11th (312-326-311-949).

The individual medalist was FIU’s Meghan MacLaren, who shot three-under-par both Wednesday (69) and for the tournament (213).  She edged runner-up Hanley Long of Middle Tennessee (215) by two strokes.

As for the Miners, they had three individuals shoot one-over or better on the final day.  June Ting finished in 30th place (77-82-73-232), Sofia Castiello tied for 31st place (83-79-71-233), Alisa Rodriguez finished 33rd (83-76-75-234), Amber Herrera tied for 35th (86-78-72-236) and Lily Downs tied for 41st (81-80-78-239). Castiello matched her career-low round as a Miner.

UTEP Women’s Golf Struggles on Day One of C-USA Championship

FORT MYERS, FLA. — The UTEP women’s golf team shot 324 collectively on day one of the Conference USA Championships on Monday, leaving the Miners in last place with 36 holes remaining.

Middle Tennessee is in first place (296), FIU second (299), Southern Miss and Old Dominion tied for third (300), WKU fifth (305), UTSA sixth (306), Florida Atlantic seventh (307), Marshall eighth (309), North Texas and UAB tied for ninth (312), and UTEP 11th with 18 holes complete at the Verandah Club in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Miners were led by June Ting, who shot a five-over-par 77.  That leaves her tied for 26th place, seven strokes back of the leader, Southern Miss’ Valentina Haupt (70).

UTEP has four players stacked between 42nd and 53rd place in a field of 55 golfers.  Lily Downs is tied for 42nd place (81), Sofia Castiello and Alisa Rodriguez are tied for 49th place (83), and Amber Herrera is in 53rd place (86).

UTEP Women’s Golf Ties For Sixth at Little Rock/ASU Invitational

MAUMELLE, ARK. — The UTEP women’s golf team tied for sixth place at the Little Rock/ASU Invitational on Tuesday in Maumelle, Ark.

The Miners shot 308 on the final day of the tournament for a 54-hole total of 927 (313-306-308).  Central Arkansas finished first (299-295-308-902) out of nine teams, with Wichita State second (296-304-306-906) and Missouri State third (302-304-311-917).

Sophomore June Ting posted her best finish of the season, taking 11th place with an 11-over-par 227 (80-70-77).  Alisa Rodriguez also notched a top-20 showing, landing 18th with 231 (79-75-77).

Sofia Castiello tied for 24th place (73-82-79-234), Lily Downs finished 36th (83-83-75-241) and Patricia Rico-Avello tied for 37th place (81-79-82-242) for the Miners.

Missouri State’s Verena Gimmy held on to first place with a three-over-par 219.

UTEP’s next tournament will be the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic April 4-5 in Maricopa, Ariz.

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