Corner (right) finished tied for third after firing 2-over 215 (74-69-72), never falling out of the top-5 of the field, while Pihl (left) finished with a share of 11th place with a 6-over 219 (79-70-70) showing.
TUCSON, Az. – A second round surge by the UTEP men’s golf team helped it to a sixth place finish out of 18 teams at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson.
The Miners shot their tournament-low round two of 286 for a 34-over 886 (310-286-290) total. The sixth-place finish was UTEP’s highest placing at the Arizona Intercollegiate since 2015’s second-place showing.
Host Arizona shot its tournament-low round of 269 in round three to jump three spots in the field and claim the Arizona Intercollegiate title with a score of 10-over 862 (313-280-269). Texas A&M, Baylor, St. Mary’s (CA) and BYU rounded out the top-5, respectively.
The Miners bested multiple strong teams in their placing, including the Pac-12’s California (7th) and Washington (12th), and rivals New Mexico (T-8th) and New Mexico State (15th). The defending Conference USA champions also earned wins over league foes UTSA (T-8th) and Louisiana Tech (T-16).
Senior leadership was key for the Miners as Charles Corner and Nicklas Pihl were the top two finishers for their team. Corner finished tied for third after firing 2-over 215 (74-69-72), never falling out of the top-5 of the field, while Pihl finished with a share of 11th place with a 6-over 219 (79-70-70) showing. Corner strung together three very solid rounds, never doubling, and collecting 10 birdies and 32 pars. The senior’s par-5 scoring (4.56 avg./-4) was tied for second in the tournament. Pihl had a team-leading 13 birdies and nailed three in a row in round two to help his finish. Pihl only double-boogied once in his Arizona Intercollegiate run.
“Charlie finished tied for third and that is one of the best finishes we’ve had at this tournament, I’m very proud of him,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “Nicklas Pihl also had a really great tournament and Aaron [Terrazas] bounced back and finished strong. I’m pleased, there are a lot of good teams that we got very quality wins over. It helps as we get into the meat of our spring schedule.”
Junior Aaron Terrazas finished in a tie for 34 with a 11-over 224 (80-74-70) performance. Terrazas collected 10 birdies and 27 pars. His best round of the tournament in round three saw four birdies and only three bogies.
Settavut Paradee ended the tournament with a share of 60th after a 18-over 231 (78-75-78) showing that included four birdies and Santiago Castilla rounded out the scorecard with a score of 21-over 234 (79-73-82) that saw six birdies.
Among the Miner individuals, newcomer Oskar Ambrosius showed out in his Miner debut with a 13th place finish after firing 7-over 223 (77-77-69). Ambrosius, a freshman who joined the team this spring season, carded 11 birdies and 28 pars. Eduardo Gonzales earned a share of 22 with a 11-over 227 (78-75-74) performance. Gonzales shot UTEP’s lone eagle on a par 5 at hole no. 9 during round two and had nine birdies in his effort. Ben Getman ended his run in 44th place, shooting 32-over 248 (86-83-79) with six birdies and 25 pars.
As a unit, the Miners notched 43 birdies and 138 pars, while also posting the second-best par 5 score (4.82 avg./-8) in the field.
UTEP will have two weeks to prep for the John Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Kauai, HI, Feb. 15-17. Live stats for the tournament will be available via golfstat.com.