UTEP Women’s Golf Team Heading to Las Cruces For Tourney

The UTEP women’s golf team will make the short trip up I-10 to participate in the Aggie Invitational Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 9-11) at the NMSU University Golf Course.

“My goal is for us to post three rounds under 300 in this tournament,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “And I’d like to see my top two players, June [Ting] and Lily [Downs], finish in the top 10 individually.”

The Miners have notched back-to-back top-five finishes to open the 2017-18 season. UTEP, averaging 301.3 per round, shot under 300 once (290) at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo.

Due to the short proximity to Las Cruces, Pelletier will be able to take every player on his roster to next week’s tournament. That means sophomore Crystal Wu and freshmen Shannon O’Dwyer and Taylor Stone will be making their season debuts.

“It will be a good test for the individuals who haven’t participated in college tournaments,” Pelletier said. “It will be interesting to see how they play, how they handle the course.”

As for the NMSU facility, Pelletier said “It plays tough. It can play long if the wind is blowing, and very tight. It’s a good challenge for us.”

Pelletier said two of his underclassmen, sophomore Abbie Anghelescu and freshman Valeria Mendizabal, have been making strides.

“They have been playing well and I expect them to do well up there,” he said.

Joining UTEP in the Aggie Invitational, besides host NM State, will be Cal State Fullerton, North Dakota, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, UTRGV and Weber State.