Spring season will officially commence for the Golfweek No. 41 ranked UTEP men’s golf team as it heads to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in the Arizona Intercollegiate Jan. 23 and 24. The team is set to tee off for round one in a shotgun start at 8 a.m. MST with the second round commencing immediately after at the Sewailo Golf Club. Round three will begin at 8:15 a.m. MST on Tuesday.
The tournament will be 54 holes with 36 holes played on the first day and 18 holes on the second day with the low four of five scores counted each round for the team total.
The Miners will go up against an 18-team field, headed by host Arizona, along with BYU, California, Denver, Gonzaga, Iowa State, LA Tech, New Mexico, NM State, No. 28 Oregon, Pepperdine, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, No. 23 Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
“We need to start the spring off on the right foot,” UTEP men’s golf coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We did some good things in the fall and had a lot of success, but we need to build a good spring season. We begin building by having a good start in Arizona.”
Pacing UTEP will be senior Frederik Dreier, juniors Charles Corner, Nicklas Pihl, and Prescott Mann, and sophomores Andreas Sorensen and Ben Getman.
University of Oklahoma transfer Aaron Terrazas will make his Miner debut playing as an individual this tournament, though Lieberwirth said he would not be surprised to see him in the lineup very soon.
“As far as from a team chemistry standpoint, he’s been a great addition to our team,” Lieberwirth said. “Any time you have transfers that come in, there could be some angst amongst the team, but I think personality wise, he’s already proven to be a hard-worker. He’s fit in very well.”
The sophomore played one season for the Sooners as a freshman, participating in three tournaments during the 2015-16 campaign. He boasted a 74.25 stroke average and had his best finish as a Sooner at the Carmel Cup, his collegiate debut, in a tie for 34th place.
The Miners will look to build off a successful fall season where the team won three of the five tournaments they competed in.
“We know that our schedule gets quite a bit tougher in the spring,” Lieberwirth said. “But I feel the guys came back playing pretty well off the long break. I‘m pleased with some of the performances that we had in our qualifying, so I feel comfortable that we’re going to be as prepared as we can be going into such an early season event.”
Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
Monday Jan. 23-Tuesday Jan. 24
Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Arizona
Tournament field: Arizona, BYU, California, Denver, Gonzaga, Iowa State, LA Tech, New Mexico, NM State, Oregon, Pepperdine, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, UCLA, UTEP, Washington, Washington State
54 holes. 36 holes played on the first day, 18 holes on the second with the low four of five scores counted each round for the team total.
Practice round Saturday 10:30 a.m. MST
Round 1 begins at 8 a.m. MST on Monday Jan. 23 with round 2 starting as soon as the first round ends.
Round 3 begins at 8:30 am MST on Tuesday, Jan. 24
GolfStat will be conducting Live Scoring.