“Clearly Charlie did not play as well as he liked, but this is as good of a test as it is in college golf,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s difficult, but fair. Coming here (Karsten Creek) is just a completely new world. I’m very proud of Charlie and everything he’s done.” | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics
STILLWATER, Ok. – On college golf’s biggest stage, UTEP men’s golf senior Charles Corner finished his collegiate career in the top-100 of the field, firing a tournament total of 11-over 227 (79-74-74) at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72/ 7,460 yards).
Corner’s final round of 74 boosted him 32 spots up the leaderboard for a share of 96th place, but was eight strokes back of the last qualifying individual spot.
“Charles fought every day,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “On this course, the slightest mistake made, you paid dearly for, and we knew that coming in, but he continued to fight and play well. He has been a fantastic ambassador for our program.”
Corner was off to a steady start on hole No. 10 before carding his first birdie on hole No. 14 to bring him to 1-over par. He tacked on three more birdies to close out his round, including a birdie on his last shot. The Canada product finished the finals run with nine birdies and 28 pars.
“Clearly Charlie did not play as well as he liked, but this is as good of a test as it is in college golf,” Lieberwirth said. “It’s difficult, but fair. Coming here (Karsten Creek) is just a completely new world. I’m very proud of Charlie and everything he’s done.”
The top-15 teams making the cut to the final round of stroke play on Monday include Duke, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas A&M, Kent State, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Clemson, Arizona State, Illinois and North Carolina.
The nine individuals not on an advancing team who made the cut to the final round of stroke play are Broc Everett (Augusta), Philip Knowles (North Florida), Isaiah Salinda (Stanford), Norman Xiong (Oregon), Cole Madey (UCLA), Patrick Fishburn (Brigham Young), Shintaro Ban (UNLV), Justin Kim (UNLV) and Daniel Sutton (Kansas).
Corner finished his UTEP career as the first golfer in 14 years to advance to the finals.
The two-time Conference USA Second Team selection was the only conference player on the national stage and the first golfer in head coach Scott Lieberwirth’s career to advance to the finals. Corner finished at the top of the Miners’ scorecard in four of five spring tournaments and notched four top-five finishes this season.
Adding to his resume, he has earned two C-USA Golfer of the Week honors in his career and was one of five C-USA golfers named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team.
Corner, who earned his bachelor’s degree in finance on May 12, is a multi-C-USA Academic Honor Roll member, C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient and was a Golf Coaches Association of America Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in 2017.