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TEXARKANA, Ar. – The UTEP men’s golf team (288-295-292—875) finished four strokes behind fourth-place UAB (+7) and placed seventh.
The Miners shot 4-over par during the final round of stroke play to finish 11-over par at the Airforce Reserve Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship Tuesday afternoon at Texarkana Country Club (par 72/6,935 yards).
UTSA (292-283-289—864), defending champ Middle Tennessee (292-289-287—868), Charlotte (294-288-287—869) and UAB (291-289-291—871) will advance to Wednesday’s match play for a chance to advance to the NCAA Regionals.
UTEP finished two strokes behind WKU (287-292-294—873), which shot 6-over par and fell four spots to sixth place. Rice (293-292-287—872) shot 1-under par Tuesday afternoon, but finished in fifth, a stroke behind UAB.
UTEP sophomore Oskar Ambrosius (69-73-75—217) finished as the top Miner, placing tied for 10th at 1-over par. Senior Settavut Paradee (71-75-73—219) placed 24th, while junior Eduardo Gonzalez (73-74-74—221) and senior Aaron Terrazas (75-77-70—222) finished tied for 27th and 33rd, respectively.
Terrazas penciled in one of the lowest third-round scores on the day and moved up 12 spots. Senior Ben Getman (79-73-79—231) finished tied for 54th place.
Rice’s Jake Benson (70-68-73—211) won the individual title at 5-under par, while Middle Tennessee’s Cooper Sears (71-71-70-212), UTSA’s Sean Meehan (69-71-72—212) and Charlotte’s John Gough (71-71-70-212) finished in a three-way tie for second place at 4-under par.
The Miners concluded the 2018-19 campaign, winning the Pepsi-Cola Classic Oct. 21 and placing in the top five in three other events (second place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, tied third at the GCU Invitational and second place at the Bearkat Invitational).
Terrazas concluded his career with a team-leading 71.5 stroke average this season. The Mexico City, Mexico, native competed in 12 tournaments during his final season with the Orange and Blue. Ambrosius fashioned a 72.5 stroke average after competing in all 13 tournaments during his second and most successful season in the Sun City.
Terrazas earned a co-championship at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (Oct. 16), his first ever collegiate victory, while following with his first outright triumph at the Pepsi-Cola Classic (Oct. 21). Ambrosius registered five top 10 finishes, including his first collegiate victory at the Bearkat Invitational April 2.