Both the Miners men and women’s golf teams stocked up with new members ahead of the 2017-18 season.
UTEP Women’s Golf Coach Jere Pelletier announced that Valeria Mendizabal and Taylor Stone have signed national letters of intent to play for the Miners. Both will be freshmen beginning with the 2017-18 season.
“I’m really excited that Valeria and Taylor will be joining our program,” Pelletier said. “Valeria brings a lot of tournament experience and is really going to help us. Taylor has a great deal of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how much she can improve in a short amount of time while playing 12 months out of the year.”
Mendizabal is currently attending The Village School in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has won numerous tournaments over the course of her prep career, including the Central American Junior Tournament in 2014 and 2015.
Mendizabal also finished first at the 2015 Guatemalan Junior Open Championship, 2015 Enrique Santos Cordoba Cup at Ecuador, 2016 Mayan Open, 2016 Disney Junior Classic at Magnolia and 2016 National Games at Mayan Golf. She is an honor roll student.
Stone is a senior at St. Francis High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She finished runner-up at the Alberta High School Championship this year with a tournament-low, one-under-par 72. St. Francis High School won the title. Stone was also the 2015 Ladies Club Champion and Junior Girls Club Champion at Pine Brook Golf and Country Club.
She was the 2016 Alberta Provincials Juvenile Champion and tied for first, but lost in a five-hole playoff at the Calgary Ladies Golf Association’s City Junior. She was a part of the 2016 Calgary City Championships softball team and also plays basketball at St. Francis High.
Over on the men’s side, Coronado High School star Greg Yellin has signed a national letter of intent to play for the UTEP men’s golf team beginning with the 2017-18 season. Oklahoma transfer Aaron Terrazas has signed a financial aid agreement and will be joining the Miners for the spring 2017 campaign.
Yellin is rated the No. 1 golfer in El Paso by High School Golf Scoreboard and qualified for the U.S. Open Sectional Tournament this year. He won the Matt Hicks Paso del Norte Invitational in October, shooting 133 (68-65) to help the T-Birds to a fourth-place finish. Last year, Yellin was the medalist in the Matt Hicks Invite and the Far West Invitational. Yellin’s best round on 18 holes is 64 and his 54 best is 204. The reigning 2016 Sun Country PGA Champion, Yellin was also the 2015 El Paso Times Co-All City Golfer of Year.
Terrazas played one season for the Sooners as a freshman, participating in three tournaments for the 2015-2016 campaign. He boasted a 74.25 stroke average for the eight rounds played and had his best finish as a Sooner at the Carmel Cup, his collegiate debut, in a tie for 34th place. His personal records during his year at Oklahoma included his lowest 18-hole score of 72 and lowest 54-hole score of 221, both at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational.
Terrazas finished tied for 44th and the Sooners took home the title at the Ka’anapali Classic. Terrazas also teed off in The Maxell, in which only two rounds were played due to inclement weather, and tied for 62nd place.
A native of Veracruz, Mexico, Terrazas won the 2016 Mexican Amateur Championship and was ranked as the No. 1 junior golfer in Mexico for three years while in high school. Terrazas placed in the top 10 at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup three times and was a four-year member of the Mexican National Team.