SAN ANTONIO – Three Miners finished in the top-20 of the field to boost the UTEP men’s golf team to a third place finish out of 15 teams at the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Course (par 72/7,247 yards) in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday.
UTEP shot 7-over 871 (290-288-293) in its highest finish of the spring season so far with one tournament left, the Western Intercollegiate, before the team defends its title at the Conference USA Championships in April. Oklahoma, ranked no. 11 in the nation, never let go of its lead and ran away with the Lone Star Invitational title after firing 15-under 849 (279-286-284), while Arkansas State slipped past UTEP and took second place with a score of 2-over 866 (288-290-288).
The Miners edged no. 36 Kansas by one stroke as the Jayhawks took fourth place with 8-over 872 (290-296-286), and Interstate-10 rival NM State rounded out the top-5 after shooting 13-over 877 (290-291-296).
“I think today and this week was a step in the right direction,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “I’m pleased with how we played and how we battled. We missed a lot of iron shots, our Par 3s were pretty rugged but we battled to save some shots.”
Charles Corner, Aaron Terrezas and Settavut Paradee all finished in the top-20, with Corner notching a top-5 performance as well. The senior finished in fourth place to led the team after firing 5-under 211 (69-72-70) while picking up five birdies along the way for 10 total in the tournament. Corner tied for second in Par 4 scoring (3.90 avg./-3 Sc.), third in Par 5 scoring (4.42 avg./-7 Sc.) and collected 34 pars. Terrazas came in with a share of 13th after shooting 1-over 217 (70-72-75).
Out of the four birdies Terrazas shot in the final round, he strung together three consecutive on holes no. 13-14. The junior also picked up 35 pars and nine total birdies in the tournament. Paradee finished in a tie for 18th after firing 3-over 219 (73-74-72), with his low round of 72 pushing him 15 spots up the leaderboard for his finish.
The junior tied for second in the field in par 3 scoring (3.00 avg./E Sc.) while also leading the team in pars with 37, and notching eight birdies total.
Prescott Mann finished with a share of 54th place with his score of 13-over 229 (80-73-76). Mann carded three birdies in the final round for 10 total for the tournament and also picked up 25 pars. Nicklas Pihl tied for 67th with 17-over 233 (78-71-84) with 26 pars and eight birdies total in the tournament.
UTEP individual Oskar Ambrosius ended the tournament with a share of 75th after shooting 20-over 236 (75-78-83) and carding six birdies and 31 pars in the Invite.
UTEP will return to the course April 7th and 8th when it partakes in the prestigious 72nd Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., hosted by San Jose State. It will mark the final regular season tournament before the C-USA Men’s Golf Championships beginning April 22nd.
Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.