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The UTEP men’s golf team, after coming off a second-place finish at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate and an Aaron Terrazas co-championship at NM State Golf Course, will drive back to Las Cruces to host the Pepi-Cola Classic Oct. 20-21 at Red Hawk Golf Club. (par 72/7,523 yards).
“It’s a big, long golf course, but it’s a course we’re familiar with. We get to go there, and play and practice regularly,” UTEP men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “I’m really excited about this and it’s a great challenge. I know the scores are probably going to be a little bit higher just with the conditions that we’re going to be playing in. It will be a great test of golf.”
Saturday’s first and second round action will tee off with an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start, while Sunday’s final round will also begin at the same time.
After playing in snow in Denver a few weeks back and chilly conditions at the Herb Wimberly, the Miners may face windy conditions during the two-day event.
“I don’t think we’re going to deal with the cold quite as much for this tournament and we are the wind – Saturday especially,” Lieberwirth said. “We play an outdoor sport and we will get conditions that are challenging. The sooner we accept that, the better we move forward.”
The Miners will be joined by Grand Canyon, NM State, Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, UMKC, UTRGV and Western New Mexico.
Traveling for Lieberwirth will be Oskar Ambrosius, Santiago Castilla, Cole Donielson, Eduardo Gonzalez, Marcus Khaw, Settavut Paradee, Terrazas, Nattapol Udomrat and Greg Yellin.
The Miners (287-298-293—878) shot a season low during the first round to put themselves in position to compete for victory on day two. Despite NM State winning the overall team trophy, UTEP placed second, its highest finish of the fall thus far.
Terrazas registered his first collegiate victory when the senior was honored as co-champion at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with the Aggies’ own Mike McGilton. Terrazas (71-72-73—216) and McGilton (74-67-75—216) finished atop the player leaderboard at 3-over par.
Khaw (71-73-73—217) registered his best outing as a collegiate player. The true freshman finished a season-best tied for third, his first top 10 finish at 4-over par. Khaw recorded a season-low score of 71 during the first round, finishing with a season-best 217.
Ambrosius (70-73-75—218), who started the final round on Tuesday tied for second, finished sixth at 5-over par. For the sophomore, it was his second consecutive top 10 finish. Ambrosius finished tied for 10th and was the top UTEP performer at the Paintbrush Invitational in Denver. Ambrosius also led the field the most birdies (13) at the Herb Wimberly.
Paradee (73-77-70—220) placed ninth at 7-over par, his first career top 10 finish. The senior shot a season-low 70 in the final round to move up the leaderboard.
Castilla (73-76-76—224) placed tied for 23rd at 11-over par, Eduardo Gonzalez (74-75-77—226) finished tied for 36th at 13-over, Donielson (76-77-76—229) made his season debut, finishing tied for 46th, Udomrat (76-79-75—230), a true freshman who’s competed in the last four tournaments, placed tied for 52nd and Yellin (73-80-81—234), a redshirt freshman, made his collegiate debut, placing tied for 65th.
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