USAF Academy, Co. – The UTEP men’s golf team opened its fall season with an eighth-place finish (out of 21 programs), while El Paso product Greg Yellin placed fourth during Sunday’s final round at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite at Eisenhower Golf Course hosted by Air Force.
Yellin, who carded a career weekend, shot 9-under par, 207 (67, 68, 72). Yellin shot under par for the first time during his UTEP career, penciled in a career-best low round of 67 on Friday, recorded a career-best 207 on 54 holes and had a career-best finish on the leaderboard at fourth.
Yellin shot 7-under par on par 5 holes and recorded 14 birdies.
“I am really proud of Greg Yellin’s performance this week. We fell just short of achieving our goal of getting the individual win, while this experience will help Greg achieve that goal soon,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Aaron Puetz said.
“Overall, as a team, there were way more positives than negatives. We have a lot of work to do, but this week will help us narrow in on what it will take to win as a team. Our effort was there and with more work the execution will come. Looking forward to the next one, and go Miners!
UTEP shot 7-over par, 871 (291, 291, 289). The Miners were 16-under on par 5 holes, and registered 49 birdies.
Marcus Khaw (223), Danny Daniels (224), Remy Miller (225) and Greg Holmes (225) rounded out the order of finish for the Miners. Khaw recorded UTEP’s lone eagle on hole no. 11 (par 5, 568 yards) during the first round and birdied 10 holes. Miller recorded nine birdies, while Holmes and Daniels birdied eight apiece.
UC Davis ran away from the competition, shooting a tournament-record 33-under par, 831 (279, 272, 280). Nevada (-9, 855) and Denver (-8, 856) finished in second and third, respectively. UC Davis’ Thomas Hutchison won the individual title, carding a tournament record 15-under par, 201 (68, 62, 71). Weber State’s Reese Fisher (-10, 206) and CSU-Northridge’s Blake Brothers (-10, 206) finished tied for second.
Up next, UTEP will head up I-25 to play at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate hosted by the University New Mexico in Albuquerque on Sept. 24-25.