Colorado Springs, Colo.-Â The UTEP menâ€™s golf team tied for first place at the Gene Miranda Falcon InviteÂ on SundayÂ in Colorado Springs, marking the second consecutive year that the Miners have won a tournament title.
UTEP also took first place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in October of 2015 in Las Cruces.
The Miners shot 290 as a teamÂ on SundayÂ and wrapped up the two-day, 54-hole event with a total of 863 (286-287-290).Â UNLV also shot 863 (296-283-284), with Colorado landing two strokes back in third place (284-289-292-865).
â€śIâ€™m just real proud of how our guys played,â€ť head coach Scott Lieberwirth said.Â â€śWe had a few mistakes here and there, but all in all our guys competed extremely well.Â Hats off to UNLV for putting together a great round today.Â They played great coming from behind and tying with us.â€ť
Sophomore Andreas Sorenson led the Miners, firing a seven-under-par 209 (68-69-72) and finishing second overall behind UNLVâ€™s John Oda, who shot 10-under-par (70-67-69-206).
â€śHe was huge, he was a rock for us,â€ť Lieberwirth said. â€śHe didnâ€™t play poorly today but he just got beat by the kid from UNLV who had a great round and just passed him. For his first time playing this golf course, he played unbelievably well. For him to shoot seven-under-par in these conditions on a course he didnâ€™t know, thatâ€™s phenomenal.â€ť
Also placing in the top 10 was Frederik Dreier, who took seventh with 216 (77-70-69).Â Ben Getman shot 220 (73-73-74) to finish 16th, while Nicklas Pihl shot 222 (72-75-75) to tie for 19th place.
Prescott Mann tied for 30th place (73-76-76-225) and Chad Ahn tied for 77th place (81-80-76-237).
â€śWeâ€™re going to enjoy this win today and we have some good momentum to start off our season,â€ť Lieberwirth said.Â â€śWeâ€™ve got a very important tournament coming upÂ in two weeksÂ in Albuquerque.Â Itâ€™s really big for us to have a good showing there. It was a great start, the guys are excited so we have some confidence.â€ť
It was a stellar start to the 2016-17 season, one that will continue at the William H. Tucker InvitationalÂ Sept. 23-24Â in Albuquerque.