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UTEP men’s golf head coach Aaron Puetz announced the signing of two more new Miners. Incoming-freshman Kristjan Burkelca, and junior transfer Max Schliesing will be ready to tee off in the 2022 fall season.
Schliesing is a transfer and currently playing at the University of Houston-Victoria. He’ll have two years of eligibility starting in the fall. Burkelca is currently playing for his National Team in Slovenia and will come to UTEP as a true freshman.
A brief profile on the student-athletes, quotes from Puetz follow below.
Posted five victories during the 2020-21 season … won the Slovenian National Club Team & Individual Championship (71, 70, 69 – 210) … won three tournaments in a row at the 2021 Slovenian National Match Play, the 1.Sol Tour (68, 70, 69 – 207) and the 2020 Slovenian National Match Play … registered 12 top 10 finishes.
“We are so excited to have signed Kristjan to an NLI and he will join us this Fall as a true Freshman. Ranked 310th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the #1 ranked Junior Golfer in Slovenia, back-to-back Slovenian National Champion, as well as a member of their Olympic and National Team. Kristjan immediately makes us more competitive heading into next season. We can’t wait to get him here to El Paso and get to work.” – Coach Puetz
Junior (starting in 2022-23)
Univ. of Houston-Victoria
Currently plays at the University of Houston-Victoria … tied 15th at UHV Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate during the 2019-20 season … fired a low round of 72 in the first round of Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate … posted a trio of victories during the 2020-2021 season – at the Swiss Golf National Championship, the Pinecrest Invitational (68, 70, 75 – 213), and at the Zurich Championship (68, 73, 73 – 214) … registered 12 top 10 finishes.
“Max will join us in the fall transferring in from one of the best NAIA programs in the country, University of Houston Victoria. He has seen a lot of success in his time at UHV posting several wins this past year. Max is also a member of the Swiss National team and currently ranked 640th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. His experience will be a valuable asset in our goals to be among the top ranked schools in the country.” – Coach Puetz