The UTEP Men’s Golf team will defend their title at the only home tournament of the season, the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational this weekend, Oct. 20-22, at the Butterfield Trail Golf Course (par 72) to close out the fall season.
The three-day tournament will play 18 holes each day, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (MT) on Friday and Saturday and an 8:15 a.m. (MT) shotgun start to finish out play on Sunday. Spectators can check out the action for free.
Now in its sixth year as the home of the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational, the Butterfield Trail Golf Club boasts numerous accolades, including being named the third-best municipal course in the nation by Golfweek magazine every year from 2009-2015. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course was established in 2007 and is located a short distance from the El Paso International Airport.
Last season, the reigning Conference USA Champions ran away with their home title for the first time after firing an impressive 35-under 829 (276-280-273). The team took the lead and never looked back through the three days. The top returner from last year’s Price’s tournament is Prescott Mann, who, playing as an individual last year, finished in a tie for third after firing a 10-under 206. Mann tallied up whopping 15 birdies and two eagles in his run.
Twelve teams will make their way to the Sun City to make up the competitive 13-team field with the Miners, including Air Force, Army, No. 22 Marquette, NM State, Oral Roberts, Pacific, San Jose State, Southern Utah, Texas State, UMKC, UTRGV and Western New Mexico.
“It’s going to be tough, there are some really good teams playing,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Marquette is a top-25 team, and a couple of the other teams have played well. We’re going to have to play our best tournament this year [to defend the title]. Our biggest issue has been putting a complete team score together. We did that in the final round in Las Cruces. If we do that, we can be dangerous.”
Defending the title for the Miners will be Charles Corner, Nicklas Pihl, Mann, Aaron Terrazas, Eduardo Gonzalez, Chad Ahn, Santiago Castilla, Ricardo Catalan, and Settavut Paradee.
Mann and Corner are both fresh off of top-10 finishes at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday, with Mann finishing in a tie for fourth with 4-under 209 (72-69-68) and Corner in sixth with 2-under 211 (69-72-70). Mann led the team in birdies with 12, while Corner notched 11 throughout the tournament. The senior duo’s scores helped keep the Miners under par with 2-under 850 (290-284-276) for a third place finish out of 12 teams at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
Terrazas also had another strong tournament, finishing tied for 14th after a 3-over 216 (74-74-68) showing at the Intercollegiate, tallying five birdies and leading the team in pars with 39.
“I think a big thing for us is managing our expectations,” Lieberwirth said. “Sometimes when you host a home event, for any team, the guys try so hard to score low, it can lead to impatience. So one thing I’m going to tell my guys is to stay patient, relax. If we do that then we have a good chance.
“The last day [of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate] we relaxed a little better and it showed on the team score. Hopefully we’re on to something to finish the fall on a high note.”
Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.