UTEP Finishes 3rd, Aggies 10th at Herb Wimberely Invitational

UTEP Finishes 3rd, Aggies 10th at Herb Wimberely Invitational
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 3:09pm

The New Mexico State men's golf team wrapped up play at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon at the par-71, 7074-yard NM State Golf Course. The Aggies carded a team score of 23-over par, 875 for the three rounds, while the UTEP men's golf team posted its best finish to date this fall season, landing in third place.

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).

Brett Walker, who played as an individual in the tournament was the low Aggie. Walker carded a three-round score of 1-under par, 212, tying him for 12th overall. Justin Shin led the Aggies in the team scoring with a three-round score of 2-over par, 215, placing tied for 20th.

Willy Hogan recorded a 5-over par, 218 for three rounds and tied for 30th, while Derek Baade was 8-over par, 221 for the tournament tying for 41st. Miko Alejandro had his best round of the tournament in the final round with a 2-over par, 73. He placed tied for 62nd with a 14-over par, 227.

The Aggies will play one more tournament this fall at the Price's Give Em Five Miners Intercollegiate, Oct. 26-27 in El Paso, Texas.

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