SANTA CRUZ, Ca. – The UTEP men’s golf team wrapped up its final regular-season tournament, finishing in 13th place out of 15 teams on Sunday at the 72nd Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. The Miners shot 48-over 1098 (368-362-368) at the Pasatiempo Golf Course (par 70/6,615 yards).
No. 20 North Carolina ran away with the title after firing 14-under 1036 (350-340-346) in the stacked field that included six top-25 teams.
Behind a spectacular round two score of 67, Aaron Terrazas paced the Miners in his 2-over 212 (72-67-73) showing, punching in a share of 26th place out of 96 competitors. The junior carded five birdies in round two, including four in his first seven holes, and only bogeyed twice for the team’s low round of the tournament.
Terrazas ended the Intercollegiate with six birdies total, tied for third in the field in Par 4 scoring (3.93 avg./-2 Sc.), and was second in the field in pars with a steady 40.
Santiago Castilla kept his rounds in the low-70s to finish in a tie for 56th place with 8-over 218 (72-73-73).
Castilla picked up seven birdies and 35 pars in his Western Intercollegiate debut. Charles Corner was one stroke behind his teammate, shooting 9-over 219 (74-69-76) for a share of 58th place. Corner totaled eight birdies, including four in round two, and 32 pars. Prescott Mann finished in 77th place after firing 14-over 224 (76-78-70). Mann led the team in birdies with nine, including three in his final round of 70 to lift him 11 spots up the leaderboard.
Nicklas Pihl came in next for UTEP, finishing in 85th place with 18-over 228 (74-78-76) and picking up 31 pars and five birdies. Settavut Paradee rounded out the Miners with 21-over 231 (78-75-78), tallying 34 pars and a birdie.
As a team, the Miners were second in the field in pars with 199 and totaling 36 birdies.
UTEP will now prepare to defend their title at the Conference USA Men’s Golf Championships, April 22-25 in Texarkana, AR.