UTEP Women’s Golf Team Braves Frigid Temperatures, Finishes Sevent

KYLE, Tx – The UTEP women’s golf team overcame arctic-like conditions to place seventh in its first tournament of the spring, the Texas State Invitational on Tuesday in Kyle, Texas.

The Miners fired rounds of 306, 297 and 298 for a total of 901. The top six teams were Central Arkansas (297-293-282-872), UTSA (300-294-287-881), Houston Baptist (294-300-290-884), Texas State (305-300-287-892), Georgia Southern (302-294-298-894) and Lamar (306-297-297-900).

“The team played well for its first tournament in terrible weather,” coach Jere Pelletier said. “When we teed off this morning, the temperature was 35 degrees and the high today was 39. It was windy and foggy. It was tough to play in.”

Three Miners placed in the top-25 of the individual standings at the tournament, which featured a total of 17 teams participating. Abbie Anghelescu tied for 18th place with a 10-over-par 223 (77-73-73). Valeria Mendizabal finished 23rd (76-75-74-225), and Lily Downs tied for 24th place (79-75-72-226).

Rounding out the UTEP participants were June Ting (tied for 35th place, 74-77-79-230), Taylor Stone (tied for 52nd place, 81-74-80-235) and Crystal Wu (78th place, 85-81-76-242).

The individual champion was Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson, who shot a two-under-par 211 (76-68-67-211) and edged teammate Geraldine Wong (69-74-69-212) by one stroke.

The Miners’ next tournament is the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational March 13-14 in Honolulu.