The UTEP women’s golf team has just two spring tournaments remaining prior to the Conference USA Championships, making next week’s Little Rock/A-State Invitational just a little more important as the Miners strive to be playing their best in April.
UTEP has participated in the Little Rock/A-State Invitational every year since its inception in 2015. The Miners tied for fifth in 2015, tied for sixth in 2016 and tied for third last year.
The tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,136-yard Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle, Ark. Thirty-six holes are scheduled for Monday, with 18 on Tuesday.
The field is composed of 10 teams – Alcorn State, Arkansas State, Evansville, Houston Baptist, Jacksonville State, Little Rock, Northern Illinois, Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington and UTEP. The Miners are the highest-ranked team in the field and, with a few breaks here and there, could challenge for their first tournament championship since October of 2016.
“The girls have been working hard and practices have been going well,” UTEP coach Jere Pelletier said. “We’re hoping to bring the same level of play from practice to this tournament, and we’re hoping for better weather than the last one. If everyone on the team plays up to their capabilities, we’ll have a shot to win this one.”
Sophomore Abbie Anghelescu has been the Miners’ top finisher in each of the first two spring tournaments. She tied for 18th place at the Texas State Invitational, and tied for 20th place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii.