Valeria Mendizabal | Photo by Michael Reese

UTEP Women’s Golf wraps up action in Hawaii

KANE’OHE, O’AHU – The UTEP Women’s Golf team closed out play at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on Wednesday afternoon with the Miners finishing in 12th place at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane’ohe, O’ahu.

As a team, the Miners posted a total score of 915 (305-301-309), while individually, UTEP was once again led by Valeria Mendizabal, who finished tied for 13th place with a three-round total of 219 (72-73-74).

In the opening round on Tuesday, the Miners shot 305 (+17) as a team to end the first 18 holes tied for 12th place. Mendizabal led the charge for UTEP in the first round, shooting even par (72) to tie for eighth entering the afternoon.

UTEP shaved a few shots off their score total in the second round on Tuesday afternoon after the team posted a score of 301 (+13) to improve one spot on the leaderboard. The Miners were paced by freshman Sophie Delfosse, who shot 1-under 71 in the round to close out the day in the top 20 individually.

The third and final round saw UTEP post a team total of 309 (+21) to wrap up the event in 13th place after three rounds of play. Mendizabal was steady for the Miners after leading the way with a third-round score of 74 to end the weekend at 3-over par and tied for 13th place.

Arizona State took home the team and individual titles at this year’s Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational after shooting 12-under par as a unit with Linn Grant leading the way for the Wildcats with a score of 209 (-7) to finish in first place.

In addition to Mendizabal’s performance on the island this week, Delfosse was UTEP’s second-highest finisher with a three-round total of 224 (76-71-77) to finish tied for 29th place.

UTEP’s Audrey Haddad closed out the tournament with a total score of 237 (+21) after posting rounds of 80, 81 and 76 over three rounds. Taylor Stone finished the event with a three-round total of 242 (+26) after shooting 81, 79 and 82 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Abbie Anghelescu competed for the Miners on Tuesday, shooting 77 and 78 in the opening two rounds, but the UTEP senior was forced to sit out the final day of action due to illness.

Next up, UTEP returns to the links March 30-31 when the Miners travel to compete in the Fresno State Classic at Copper River Country Club in Fresno, California.

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