MINERS
Men's Golf Team Snags Second Place in First Tournament of Season

Jacob Loya

Jacob Loya

Sept. 9, 2013

The UTEP men's golf team opened its 2013-14 season by securing a runner-up finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite on Monday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Miners were consistently strong in the two-day event, firing rounds of 288, 287 and 286 for a total of 861. Host Air Force was champion of the tournament, shooting 849 (278-285-286).

Freshman Frederik Dreier had an impressive debut for the Miners, carding a seven-under-par 209 (72-69-68) and tying for second place. The native of Birkeroed, Denmark landed five strokes behind the champion, Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland (67-68-69-204).

"Frederik played fantastic," UTEP coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "Being a true freshman you never know what to expect, but boy he played exceptionally well this week. He didn't make many mistakes. He made some putts. It was very impressive to watch. Air Force was just a little too much on their home course, but I was very pleased with how we played. Everybody played a key role in this."

UTEP also placed Jere Pelletier (ninth place, 73-69-72-214) and Martin Simonsen (tied for 25th place, 69-75-75-219) in the top-25 of the individual standings. Ian Patterson tied for 42nd place (77-74-71-222) and Jacob Loya finished 81st (74-76-84-234) to round out the Miners' scorers.

The Miners will next participate in the William H. Tucker Invitational Sept. 27-28 in Albuquerque, N.M.

"I was optimistic [about the team] coming into this year and I remain optimistic getting off to a nice start like that," Lieberwirth said. "We'll have a much tougher test in Albuquerque with a stronger field on a difficult golf course, but we have a little time to get back and practice and determine our starting lineup."