Lihu’e, Kaua’i, HI – Another solid round was turned in, but the UTEP men’s golf team stayed in 15th place out of 20 teams to end the John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course (par 72/6,991 yards) in Lihu’e, Kaua’i, HI on Saturday.
The Miners mirrored Friday’s low-round score of 291 to finish the tournament with a 17-over 881 (299-291-291) total. No. 4 Texas A&M won the title after firing 29-under 835 (283-278-274), while No. 28 North Carolina and No. 49 UNLV tied for second place with 12-under 852, and Virginia and No. 42 Arizona tied for fourth place with 6-under 858 to round out the top-5. The Aggies’ Chandler Phillips won the individual title after going 13-under 203 (69-67-67).
“We had three guys that shot even today, so that was a little more balanced,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We just struggled to get a top to bottom performance. We just never could get comfortable around the greens. I would have expected scoring to get a little bit better each round you play. I think we did a better job in the second and third rounds, but we dug ourselves in a hole we just couldn’t climb out of. We were so far back of passing a bunch of teams.”
Pacing the Miners, Charles Corner squeezed his way into the top-20 of the field after firing a round of 72 for a 1-under 215 (72-71-72) showing and a share of 20th place. The senior picked up four birdies in his even round for a team-leading 12 total throughout the tournament. It marked the third time the reigning Conference USA co-Golfer of the Week finished at the top of the UTEP card this season.
Juniors Aaron Terrazas and Settavut Paradee stayed at each other’s hips and climbed up 14 spots on the leader board, both tying for 64th place with 6-over 222. Both Miners shot even in round three, while Paradee shot his low round of 72 on Saturday, complete with four birdies including one to both start and end his day. Terrazas also had his low round of 72 while carding three birdies.
Senior Nicklas Pihl shot a round of 76 for a 9-over 225 (76-73-76) score and a share of 85th, while Prescott Mann was close behind with a round of 75 for a 10-over 226 (77-74-75) total, tying for 87th place to round out the Miner scorecard. Mann picked up four birdies while Pihl tallied two.
Playing as an individual, Chad Ahn carded two birdies on his way for a share of 98th after shooting 14-over 230 (77-77-76) in the tournament.
As a unit, the Miners totaled 43 birdies, 165 pars and one eagle in the tournament.
The Miners will return to action Feb. 26 and 27 when they compete at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.