BANDON, Or.- The UTEP men’s golf team marked its fifth top-10 finish of the season after placing ninth out of 14 teams at the Bandon Dunes Championship on Tuesday in Bandon, Or.
The Miners shot 10-over 862 (283-289-290) in their inaugural run at the Bandon Dunes, while no. 22 Arizona State did not let go of its lead and won the title after firing 28-under 824 (273-278-273).
Clemson, ranked no. 15, took second with a score of 15-under 837 (278-282-277), while Washington State (-11), Utah (-8) and Santa Clara (-7) rounded out the top-5 of the field. The Sun Devils’ Chun An Yu won the individual title after going 13-under 200 (65-68-67).
Senior Nicklas Pihl topped the Miners’ scorecard for the first time this spring after firing a low-round of 70 on the final day to compile a 1-under 212 (71-71-70) tournament total and a share of 15th place. Pihl picked up three birdies, all on Par 5s, in the final run to bring his tournament total to a team-best 11 while also getting 34 pars.
Fellow senior Charles Corner finished in a tie for 33rd after shooting 3-over 216 (71-69-76), while tying for third in the field in Par 3 scoring (2.93 avg./-1 Sc.), picking up 32 pars, and totaling 10 birdies. Aaron Terrazas shot a final round of 75 for a 6-over 219 (70-74-75) total and a share of 48th. The junior finished the tournament with six birdies and 37 pars.
Five birdies helped Oskar Ambrosius shoot his low-round of the tournament for a 7-over 220 (72-79-69) total, tying for 53rd on the leaderboard. Ambrosius finished the tournament with seven birdies, 32 pars, and an eagle. Settavut Paradee finished in 63rd place with a tournament total of 10-over 223 (71-75-77). Paradee picked up 33 pars and seven birdies throughout the Bandon Dunes.
Together, the Miners led the field in pars with 168, while adding 41 birdies.
Next up for UTEP will be a trip to the Alamo City to compete in the Lone Star Invitational, hosted by UTSA, March 19-20. Live stats will be available via golfstat.com.