TUCSON, Ariz.– The UTEP men’s golf team fired a tourney-low 279 in round three to card its best finish of the spring at the National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The Miners kept the momentum from round two’s high finish to close out the N.I.T. at 16-under-par 848 (283-286-279).
Iowa State took home the team title at 32-under-par 832 (274-275-283) while Arizona State and UNLV tied for 2nd place at 27-under-par 837. Arizona State’s Chun An Yu won the individual title at 17-under 199 (68-67-64).
In last year’s N.I.T., the Miners shot 11-under par 853 (291-284-278) to finish in a tie for third.
“It was nice to have the low round of the day,” UTEP head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We were in fourth [place] going into the day, but those top three teams [Iowa State, Arizona State, and UNLV] yesterday afternoon all played so well, they pretty much just out ran the rest of the field. I felt we played reasonably well yesterday, just those guys [Iowa State, Arizona State, and UNLV] played great.”
Junior Nicklas Pihl put together his best three rounds of the season, finishing at the top of the UTEP scorecard at 5-under 211 (71-68-72) for a share of 11th place. Aaron Terrazas came in next for the team, ending in a three-way tie for 15th at 3-under 213 (67-76-70). Senior Frederik Dreier and junior Charles Corner both carded 18th place finishes at 2-under 214. Dreier shot rounds of 70-74-70 while Corner had a huge third round, finishing with 75-72-67.
“I thought we played very well, it was nice to have Charlie [Corner] put a real good round up as he did in this tournament last year,” Lieberwirth said. “These last 24-25 holes of the tournament, he [Corner] played just fantastic.”
Individual Prescott Mann finished with a share of 31st after shooting 1-over 217 (74-76-67) while Andreas Sorensen rounded out the UTEP card at 9-over 225 (79-72-74) for a 62nd place finish.
“It was a nice, balanced, team performance,” Lieberwirth said. “We were firing from all cylinders. We got a good, solid tournament under our belt and gained some momentum going into the meat of our spring schedule.”
The Miners will have just over a week to prepare for the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas on March 10. Live stats will be available via golfstat.com.