The UTEP men’s golf team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 49th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Tee time is set for 7:30 a.m. at the UNM South Championship Golf Course.
This year’s tourney boasts three teams ranked in Golfweek’s collegiate Top 25 – no. 23 San Diego State, no. 25 UNLV and no. 24 Washington. Also participating are host New Mexico, Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, LA Tech, NM State, Pepperdine, San Diego, Washington State and Wyoming.
“We know there are historically great teams in the field, which is good for us,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It’s an important tournament, good competition.”
The Miners will send Frederik Dreier, Andreas Sorenson, Nicklas Pihl, Ben Getman and Charles Corner, four of whom are already familiar with the course having participated in last year’s event. It will mark the first time that Corner will tee off in the William H. Tucker invite.
“Charles is starting, he had a little stronger week than some of the other guys,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s the exact same five guys we played all spring, it was a lineup that we relied on last year.”
Fresh off a Co-C-USA Golfer of the Week honor, Sorenson will lead the Miners in their second tourney of the 2016 campaign after finishing second overall for co-champion UTEP at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo. two weeks ago. Sorenson fired a seven-under-par 209 (68-69-72). Dreier finished in seventh place with 216 (77-70-69) and Getman, Pihl and Mann rounded out the top 30 with 16th, 19th and 30th place finishes, respectively.
“The golf course is tougher than the last one [Eisenhower Golf Club], so the scores will be higher,” Lieberwirth said. “But we have guys with experience on it.”
Live stats will be provided at golfstatresults.com.