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UTEP Women’s Golf Team Nabs Second Place in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Lily Downs tied for fourth place, leading the UTEP women’s golf team to second-place showing at the NM State Aggie Invitational on Wednesday in Las Cruces.

“I’m happy we got second,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said.  “We played well.  I’m really happy for Lily.  She is becoming a really good player.”

Downs carded a two-over-par 218 (71-71-76).  She ended up five strokes behind tournament champion Kiselya Plewe of Weber State (71-71-71-213).

The Miners have finished third, fifth and second in their first three tournaments of 2017-18.

June Ting finished 10th for UTEP (75-73-73-221) and freshman Audrey Haddad tied for 11th (71-77-74-222).  Abbie Anghelescu (77-82-75-234) and Valeria Mendizabal (77-80-77-234) tied for 33rd place.

The Miners’ team score was 893 (294-301-298).  Sacramento State won the title (287-298-288-873).

“June played well today, Abbie came back and played real well and Audrey is showing some signs,” Pelletier said.

UTEP also received some positive results from three players competing as individuals.  Shannon O’Dwyer tied for 29th place (73-78-80-231), Crystal Wu tied for 33rd place (81-79-74-234) and Taylor Stone tied for 36th place (76-82-77-235).

“Shannon got off to a great start, Taylor played well for two rounds and Crystal had a good round today,” he said.  “It’s good to see her playing well again.  A lot of positive things in this tournament.”

The Miners will play in the FAU Fall Invite next Monday and Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fl.