LIHUE, Hawaii.- The UTEP men’s golf team finished the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in a tie for ninth place with New Mexico at the Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii. Both teams shot 5-over-par 869 to end the tourney; the Miners shot rounds of 290-290-289 while the Lobos shot 295-282-292. After leading the field throughout the tournament, Virginia took the team title with a score of 29-under-par 835 (268-283-284) and Texas A&M’s Chandler Philips led all players with 15-under-par 201 (67-66-68).
“I thought we had the utensils to get higher up in each field,” UTEP men’s head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It’s not the finish we wanted. Nobody really played poorly, we just didn’t get a low score. Everyone was playing very similar golf, not great but not too bad either. We had chances to do much better, we just really couldn’t get on much of a roll.”
Sophomore Oklahoma transfer Aaron Terrazas finished with the top score for the Miners, firing 1-over-par 217 (74-71-72) for a share of 26th place. Nicklas Pihl and Andreas Sorensen were not far behind, ending the tourney in a tie for 40th after shooting 3-over-par 219. Pihl shot rounds of 72-71-76 while Sorenson fired 72-76-71.
Senior Frederik Dreier and junior Charles Corner both came in at 4-over 228 to mark a tie for 47th. Dreier shot rounds of 72-74-74 and Corner tallied up 74-74-72. Individual Prescott Mann rounded out the UTEP golfers with a share of 72nd. Mann shot 9-over-par 225 (77-76-72).
“It [tourney play] was just a matter of not really capitalizing on the good things we did,” Lieberwirth said. “We just couldn’t get on a run, it was just the story of this week.”
The Miners will lace up their spikes again February 27-28 for the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
“We’ve got about one week at home so we want to defiantly spend this week making the necessary adjustments,” Lieberwirth said. “The course we’re going to in Tucson has similarities to this one [Wailua Golf Course], we just need to adjust.”
Tee off at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course is set for 8 a.m. Live stats will be available at golfstat.com.