Last season, UTEP finished the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in a tie for ninth place with New Mexico, with both teams shooting 5-over 869 to end the tourney | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics
TUCSON, Az. – The UTEP men’s golf team finished the opening day of play at the Arizona Intercollegiate in sixth place out of 18 teams on Monday at the Sewailo Golf Club (par 71/ 7292 yards) in Tucson. The Miners shot 26-over 310 as a team through round one and 14 holes in round two before the round was suspended until Tuesday morning due to darkness.
Baylor leads the field after firing a team-total of 303, while Texas A&M, host Arizona, New Mexico and St. Mary’s round out the top-5. Baylor’s Braden Bailey tops the leader board with a 1-over 72 showing,
Leading the UTEP run was Charles Corner, who strung together a solid round one score of 3-over 74 to tie for fourth place. Corner tallied two birdies, including one to start the round, and led the Miners in pars with 20. Settavut Paradee’s round of 7-over 78 put him in a tie for 26th with a birdie, while Nicklas Pihl and Santiago Castilla both shot a round of 8-over 79 to tie for 33rd. Pihl leads the team in birdies with seven, while he and Corner are tied for third in par 3 scoring (3.00 avg. E). Aaron Terrazas’s opening round of 9-over 80 gave him a share of 49th. The junior had two birdies.
Among the individuals for the Miners, newcomer Oskar Ambrosius fired 5-over 77 to tie for 21st, tallying three birdies in the opening round. Eduardo Gonzales was a stroke behind with 6-over 78 to tie for 24th, his five birdies, including three consecutive from holes no. 2 through no. 4, coming to his benefit in round one. Ben Getman rounded out the UTEP showing, ending the opening round in 44th after shooting 14-over 86.
As a unit, the Miners ranked third in the field in birdies with 24 and collected 76 pars. The team’s par 5 scoring (4.96 avg./-1) was third-best in the tournament.
The suspended round two will conclude Tuesday morning, with the third and final round beginning after. Live stats can be found at golfstat.com.