UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal | Photo courtesy UTEP

UTEP’s Mendizabal claims Central American Championship

UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal brought some hardware back to El Paso recently after capturing the title while representing her home country of Guatemala at the 2020 Central American Ladies Championship at Club de Golf de Panamá.

“This tournament includes all Central American countries, so they select the best players from each country to represent them,” Mendizabal said. “This is the biggest tournament we have in Central America, so I was fortunate to get the opportunity to represent Guatemala, and even better, I was able to win. It felt great to do that and now it gets me off to a good start for this upcoming season and hopefully I can continue to play well moving forward.”

Mendizabal, who is a regular atop the leaderboard for the UTEP Women’s Golf team, finished in first place at the event, which is organized by the Panama Golf Association.

During stroke play, Mendizabal posted a three-round total of 216 (72-73-71) to finish with a final score of 108 at the championship event.

Along with Mendizabal, representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama had the opportunity to showcase their talents against some of the top golfers at last week’s event.

This past fall, Mendizabal became the first Miner to win multiple tournaments in a season since 2006-07.

UTEP junior Valeria Mendizabal | Photo courtesy UTEP

The junior was named the C-USA Women’s Golfer of the Week on three separate occasions during the fall season, while she compiled a career-best 71.1 stroke average in 15 rounds to rank first on the team.

Mendizabal will be back in action for the Miners this weekend when UTEP opens the spring slate at the GCU Invitational in Phoenix on February 22-23.

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