Former UTEP golf standout Gerina Piller is tied for eighth place through two rounds at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Women’s Olympic Golf
First Round Notables:
1. Inbee Park (South Korea) -10
T8. Gerina Piller (USA/UTEP) -6
T28. Ursula Wikstrom (Finland/NMSU) -2
T32. Alena Sharp (Canada/NMSU) -1
T41. Gwladys Nocera (France/NMSU) +2
Piller shot a four-under-par 67 in the second round for a two-day total of 136. She is four strokes back of individual leader Inbee Park of South Korea (66-66-132).
Piller is one of two Americans in the top-10 with Stacy Lewis in second place (70-63-133).
The third round will be played on Friday with the final round slated for Saturday.
A native of Roswell, N.M., Piller played for the Miners from 2003-07. She put together a banner senior year, winning the Conference USA championship. She was named the C-USA Player of the Year and first team All-League.
Piller led Conference USA in scoring average that year (72.8) with four tournament titles. She began her pro career on the Futures Tour before earning full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2011.