UTEP Women’s Golf Set for Hawaii Trip
The Miners return to competition for the first time in a month, as they play in the second of four spring tournaments in the 34th Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kanae’ohe Klipper Golf Course (par 72/6,099 yards) hosted by the University of Hawaii.
The miners will play 36 holes on Tuesday with a tee shot at noon MT.
UTEP took ninth place in its first tournament of the spring, the Texas State Invitational Feb. 11-12 in San Marcos. The Miners shot 891 (294-286-311) as a team led by senior Lily Downs, who finished tied for 18th with a par of 12 of 219 (72-70-77).
Downs will once again lead the Miners along with Audrey Haddad, Shannon O’Dwyer, Valeria Mendizabal and Crystal Wu in Coach Jere Pelletier’s lineup for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. The Miners earned a 10th place finish at last year’s event.
The Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational has been a longtime staple of the minors calendar. The 2019 field includes Gonzaga, Hawai’i, Houston Baptist, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Seattle, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, UC Irvine and Washington State.
Kanae’ohe Klipper Golf Course, located on the windward side of the Isle of O’ah, has hosted the tournament every year except 2000 and 2001, when it moved to Olomana Golf Links. The Kilpper is known for its majestic views of the Ko’oalu mountain range and the raging waves of the Pacific Ocean. The course is par 72 and it has a grade rating of 130 Bermuda Grass.
UTEP’s ninth-place finish at Texas State ended a streak of six straight top-three finishes in tournaments this season. Overall, the Miners have placed in the top three in six of the last seven tournaments in 2018-19.
The Miners will compete in two more tournaments before the Conference USA Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., next month.