UTEP Men's Golf Team Takes Third at Herb Wimberly
Oct. 23, 2012
The UTEP men's golf team posted its best finish to date this fall season, landing in third place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday in Las Cruces.
UTEP shot 851 over three rounds (280-287-284). It marks the best 54-hole tally for the Miners since April of 2009, when they shot 842 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wichita State was champion of the 12-team event (283-282-276-841), followed by UNLV (281-285-284-850).
UTEP sophomore Martin Simonsen picked up his second top-10 finish of the season, and the fifth of his young college career, by tying for seventh place with a two-under-par 211 (71-70-70). Also tying for seventh place was Jere Pelletier, who competed as an individual (70-70-71-211). It was Pelletier's first top-10 showing.
"We played great all-around, really," UTEP coach Scott Lieberwirth said. "It was set up to where it was difficult to get on runs, but pars were pretty attainable and for the most part we did a good job taking care of that. We didn't get as many birdies as we would've liked. But all in all it was a solid week, with solid performances from top to bottom in the lineup. I'm very pleased with what we did and the direction that we're going."
Devin Miertschin tied for 15th place (76-68-70-214), Ross Rotwein tied for 20th place (68-74-73-215), Ian Patterson tied for 30th place (72-75-71-218) and Roberto Ruiz tied for 53rd place (69-79-76-224).
UTEP's other individual competitors included Jerry Castrellon (tied for 44th place, 74-73-75-222) and Jose Romero (tied for 66th place, 76-76-76-228).
The Miners will host the inaugural Price's Give 'Em Five Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26-27) at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. It marks their first home tournament in 14 years. Thirty-six holes will be played on Friday, and 18 on Saturday. Teams will tee off on Friday at 8:30 am. Joining UTEP in the 12-team field will be Idaho, Nebraska, NM State, Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, San Jose State, Seattle, Utah, UT Arlington, Weber State and Western New Mexico.