UTEP Men's Golf Ties For Second at Utah Invitational
Oct. 8, 2013
Buoyed by a fourth-place showing from freshman Frederik Dreier, the UTEP men's golf team picked up its second runner-up finish in three tournaments, tying for second place at the Utah Invitational on Tuesday in Park City, Utah.
The Miners shot 1,086 as a team (352-367-367-1086) in a tournament where five individual scores were counted as opposed to the usual four. Boise State was champion of the nine-team event, shooting 1,076 (364-356-356).
"We finished up reasonably well, but all in all it was disappointing because it was a tournament we should've played much better in," UTEP coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "Not to take anything away from Boise State, because they played extremely well the last two rounds. But we didn't have the kind of depth we needed in this type of tournament."
Dreier carded a three-under-par 210 (69-68-73), finishing behind Utah State's Seokwon Jeon (67-71-68-206), Boise State's Ty Travis (69-68-69-206) and Utah Valley's Noah Cook (67-71-71-209). Jacob Loya (68-74-73-215) and Prescott Mann (70-74-71-215) tied for 11th place. Roberto Ruiz tied for 22nd place (69-76-72-217), Martin Simonsen tied for 26th place (71-74-74-219), Ian Patterson tied for 38th place (73-75-79-227), Jere Pelletier tied for 47th place (77-76-77-230) and Ryan Fioretti tied for 52nd place (83-78-73-234).
"We had two guys struggle and that hurt us on the team end," Lieberwirth said. "Frederik played well, and Prescott played well in his first college tournament. Jacob Loya played well this week after a couple of tough tournaments at Air Force and New Mexico. But he was playing as an individual so he didn't count towards the team score."
The Miners will continue their fall season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Oct. 21-22 in Las Cruces, prior to hosting the Price's "Give Em Five" Invitational Oct. 25-26 at Butterfield Trail Golf Club.