UTEP's Greg Holmes tees off
Greg Holmes | Photo courtesy C-USA

UTEP Men’s Golf to open season, Aaron Puetz Era at Gene Miranda Invitational

The UTEP men’s golf team, under the guidance of new head coach Aaron Puetz, will open the 2021 fall season at the 52nd Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Sept. 10-12.

The three-day event is hosted by Air Force and will be played at Eisenhower Golf Club – Blue Course (par 72, 7,541 yards) at USAF Academy, Colorado.

“We are so excited to head to Colorado to play in the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational hosted by Air Force to get our fall season started,” Puetz said. “The team came in ready for the season and we have seen that over six rounds of qualifying to prepare us for the first event. It has been extremely competitive in practice and qualifying which for a new coach is exactly what you look for. The guys are focused and ready for a big year. We have a very tough schedule and I could not be more excited to get started!”

Making the trip for the Miners are Danny Daniels, Greg Holmes, Marcus Khaw, Remy Miller and Greg Yellin.

Daniels, a senior from Cheshunt, England, played in four tournaments (12 rounds) during the 2021 spring season and ranked second on the team with a 74.0 average. His low round was a 70 in the third round at the Conference USA Championships.

Holmes, a redshirt freshman from Wigan, England, played in all five tournaments (15 rounds) in the spring season. Holmes’s 74.8 averaged ranked third on the squad. His low round was a 69 in the third round at the C-USA Championships.

Khaw, a junior from Burlington, Ontario, played in three tournaments (nine rounds) in the 2021 spring season after not competing during the 2019-20 season. Khaw averaged a 74.7, with a low round of 72 in the third round at the Western Intercollegiate.

Miller, a freshman from Cheshire, England, will open his collegiate career on Friday.

Yellin, a redshirt junior from El Paso (Coronado High School), played in all five tournaments and averaged a team-best 73.5, while his low round was a 69 in the first round at the Western Intercollegiate during the 2021 spring season.

Along with UTEP and host Air Force, the 21-team field includes Army, Cal-State Northridge, Colorado, Denver, George Washington, Nevada, NM State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, San Jose State, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, Southern Utah, UC Davis, UNLV, Utah State, Utah Valley, Weber State and Wyoming.

Friday and Saturday tee times are set for 8:30 a.m. MT, while Sunday’s tee time will begin at 7:15 a.m. MT. Live stats are on www.golfstat.com.

2021-22 SCHEDULE

DATE               EVENT                                                             LOCATION/HOST

Sept. 10-12      Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational                  USAF Academy, Colo./Air Force

Sept. 24-25      William H. Tucker Intercollegiate                   Albuquerque, N.M./New Mexico

Sept. 27-28      Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational              Boulder, Colo./Colorado

Oct. 18-19       Little Rock Invitational                                    Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock

Jan. 24-25        Arizona Intercollegiate                                   Tucson, Ariz./Arizona

Feb. 11-12       Wyoming World Match Play Championship   Palm Desert, Calif./Wyoming

Feb. 17-19       John Burns Intercollegiate                              Honolulu, Hawai’i/Hawai’i

March 5-6       Desert Mountain Intercollegiate                    Scottsdale, Ariz./Michigan

April 4-5          Seattle U Redhawk Invitational                      University Place, Wash./Seattle U.

April 11-12      Bayou City Collegiate                                     Conroe, Texas/Rice

April 25-28      Conference USA Championships                    Texarkana, Ark.

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