El Paso -

     The UTEP men's golf team opened its 2013-14 season by securing a runner-up finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite on Monday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

     The Miners were consistently strong in the two-day event, firing rounds of 288, 287 and 286 for a total of 861.  Host Air Force was champion of the tournament, shooting 849 (278-285-286).

     Freshman Frederik Dreier had an impressive debut for the Miners, carding a seven-under-par 209 (72-69-68) and tying for second place.  The native of Birkeroed, Denmark landed five strokes behind the champion, Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland (67-68-69-204).

     UTEP also placed Jere Pelletier (ninth place, 73-69-72-214) and Martin Simonsen (tied for 25th place, 69-75-75-219) in the top-25 of the individual standings.  Ian Patterson tied for 42nd place (77-74-71-222) and Jacob Loya finished 81st (74-76-84-234) to round out the Miners' scorers.  

     The Miners will next participate in the William H. Tucker Invitational Sept. 27-28 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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