Surging UTEP Women’s Golf Team to Play in Arizona Tourney

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After capturing their first team title of the season – and boasting their first individual champion in Abbie Anghelescu – the UTEP women’s golf team will return to action on Monday and Tuesday at the Cowgirl Classic.

While the tournament is being hosted by the University of Wyoming, it will be played at the par-72, 6,131-yard Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., about 35 miles outside of Phoenix.

A long-time participant in the tournament, the Miners won the title in 2010 with a 19-over-par 883 (299-295-289).

UTEP will join Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, NM State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Rutgers, Sam Houston State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, Southern Utah, Sacramento State, UT Arlington and Wyoming in a packed field this year. Four of the teams are currently ranked in the top-100 nationally by Golfstat – Sacramento State (no. 61), San Francisco (no. 78), Portland State (no. 82) and NM State (no. 96) – with UTEP currently rated no. 113.

The Miners rose eight spots in the rankings after winning the Little Rock/ASU Invitational a couple of days ago in Maumelle, Ark. Anghelescu broke a four-way tie atop the individual leaderboard by winning in a playoff; she shot a two-over-par 218. UTEP’s 878 team score was its lowest of the season, as it compiled rounds of 284, 300 and 294.

This will be the Miners’ final tuneup for the Conference USA Championships, which are about two and a half weeks away in Fort Myers, Fla.

Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Monday, with 18 more on Tuesday following a shotgun start each day. Coach Jere Pelletier’s lineup card will be composed of senior June Ting, junior Lily Downs, sophomores Anghelescu and Shannon O’Dwyer and freshman Valeria Mendizabal.

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