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The Miners return to competition for the first time in a month, as they play in the second of four spring tournaments in the 34th Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kanae’ohe Klipper Golf Course (par 72/6,099 yards) hosted by the University of Hawai’i.
The Miners will play 36 holes on Tuesday with a shotgun start at noon MT.
UTEP took ninth place in its first tournament of the spring, the Texas State Invitational Feb. 11-12 in San Marcos. The Miners shot 891 (294-286-311) as a team led by senior Lily Downs, who tied for 18th overall with a 12-over par 219 (72-70-77).
Downs will once again lead the Miners along with Audrey Haddad, Shannon O’Dwyer, Valeria Mendizabal and Crystal Wu in coach Jere Pelletier’s lineup for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. The Miners claimed a 10th-place showing at last year’s event.
The Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational is a long-time staple on the Miners’ schedule. The 2019 field features Gonzaga, Hawai’i, Houston Baptist, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Seattle, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, UC Irvine and Washington State.
The Kanae’ohe Klipper Golf Course, located on the windward side of the island of O’ah, has served as home to the tournament every year except 200 and 2001, when it moved to Olomana Golf Links. The Kilpper is known for its majestic views of the Ko’oalu Mountain Range and raging surf of the Pacific Ocean. The course is par 72 and it has a slope rating of 130 Bermuda grass.
UTEP’s ninth-place showing at Texas State snapped a run of six consecutive top-three finishes in tournaments this season. Overall, the Miners have landed in the top three at six of the last seven tournaments in 2018-19.
The Miners will compete in two more tournaments before the Conference USA Championships at Fort Myers, Florida, next month.