HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR. – The UTEP women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season with another top-five finish on Tuesday, as the Miners took third at the Little Rock Classic in Hot Springs Village, Ar.
The Miners braved challenging course conditions as temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s for the final 18 holes.
“The course was very tough. The conditions today were really hard. The greens were as hard as we have ever played,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “Getting another top-five finish was good, but I was a little disappointed that we didn’t win.”
UTEP ended up five strokes behind champion Missouri State. The Miners shot rounds of 303, 302 308 for a total of 913.
Individually, three Miners placed in the top-20 as Lily Downs tied for fifth place (75-75-74, eight-over-par 224). Shannon O’Dwyer (77-76-76-229) and June Ting (77-76-76-229) were neck and neck the entire tournament and tied for 16th place.
“I was happy for Lily, she had a good tournament again,” Pelletier said.
Rounding out the UTEP competitors were Valeria Mendizabal, who tied for 28th place (74-75-82-231), and Abbie Anghelescu, who tied for 47th place (78-77-82-237).
Missouri State’s Verena Gimmy was the individual winner with a four-over-par 220. A total of 15 teams participated in the tourney.
The Miners placed in the top-five at all five fall tournaments. They’ll open their spring slate at the Texas State Invitational Feb. 12-13 in San Marcos.