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The new UTA women's golf program will have a fairly substantial presence at next month's 2017 Energy Producers, Inc. Texas Women's Open at Arlington's Rolling Hills Country Club.  Incoming freshman Kate Tran, redshirt freshman Allison Wade, junior Rachel Phillips and associate head coach Catherine Matranga are each expected to be among the 144 golfer field.

The July 12-14 54-hole stroke play event will cut to the low 50 scores and ties after 36 holes. The event's medalist will earn an exemption into the LPGA Tour's 2018 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

Results will be available online by clicking here.

Chloe Lewis

As part of UTA's Upward Bound Math & Science program, Maverick student-athletes participated in college planning break-out sessions, visiting with future collegiate students on Wednesday. 

UTA track & field/cross country student-athletes Chloe Lewis, Tobi Fawehinmi and Tori Shelton were among the UTA athletic standouts to visit with the Upward Bound program through a series of college prep sessions, joining Tim Kennedy, a former track standout who serves as one of UTA's dynamic student development specialists. 


In the last session of the morning, Lewis and Shelton touched on the importance of building relationships with faculty and students, and stepping out of a high-school comfort zone during the transition to college. The trio of Texas natives were able to answer questions and share experiences with the future college students.

The Upward Bound program has been active at UTA since 1982 and features potential first generation college students. The program focuses on equipping students with necessary skills to succeed, both academically and personally.


Former Maverick men's basketball student-athlete Dwight Gentry II hosted a "Work Like A Walk-On Skills Camp" last weekend at UTA's Physical Education Building.

In a story by Arianna Vedia in today's UTA Shorthorn, Gentry said he wanted kids to experience being on a college campus and working with professional and college athletes.  Originally a walk-on at UTA, Gentry played two years in the Mavericks program before head coach Scott Cross offered him a scholarship.  He uses that message to motivate and inspire young people to achieve their goals.

UTA men's golf incoming freshman Paul Gonzalez is among the 78-golfer field at the Byron Nelson Junior Championship this week at Lakewood Country Club.  Gonzalez will be looking to follow in the footsteps of 3-time tournament champion (oh, and Masters and U.S. Open champion) Jordan Spieth, who won the Byron Nelson Junior from 2008-2010.

Gonzalez, a native of Waxahachie, is enjoying a solid summer on the course.  He qualified for the prestigious U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and went 3-0 in match play last week to lead Texas to victory over Mexico in a Texas Mexico Cup at Hyatt Hill Country in San Antonio.

UTA baseball signee David Renning was selected All-Area by SportsDayHS

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound product of Sachse High School, Renning hit .455 with a 1.425 OPS as a senior in 2017, after belting 10 homers and hitting .300 as a junior. 

"David is a 6-foot-4, physical high school outfielder," UTA Coach Darin Thomas said about Renning when he signed in November. "He has an unlimited ceiling as a player. He has shown the ability to hit for power during the spring and summer and is really a relentless worker."

The newly-formed UTA women's golf team officially begins competition this fall with a roster comprised of pair of redshirts and a quartet of freshmen.  Jon Poorman, sports writer for The Courier of Montgomery County, posted this great story about Magnolia, Texas native Ana Schwienteck, one of the Mavericks' four incoming freshmen.

The 2016 Class 5A state champion, Schwienteck is honing her game in tournaments throughout the state in order to prepare for the step up to the level of Division I college golf. 

Monday she will joins future UTA teammates Sydney Garber and Rachel Phillips in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women's Amateur at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound.

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Joel Kuhnel - Dayton Dragons (-A) - Cincinnati Reds - Stats

John Lackey - Chicago Cubs (MLB) - Stats

Mark Lowe - Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) - Seattle Mariners - Stats

Dillon Gee - Rochester Red Wings (AAA) - Minnesota Twins - Stats

Matt McLean - Lowell Spinners (Rookie) - Boston Red Sox - Stats

Adam Moore - Columbus Clippers (AAA) - Cleveland Indians - Stats

Hunter Pence - San Francisco Giants (MLB) - Stats

Kadon Simmons - AZL Brewers (Rookie) - Milwaukee Brewers - Stats

Zach Thompson - Winston-Salem Dash (+A) - Chicago White Sox - Stats

Ryan Walker - Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) - Minnesota Twins - Stats

With Paul Gonzalez already qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and Andrew Lindberg posting a solid performance at the 108th Texas Amateur Championship, Jacob Massengale thought he'd add his name to the list of impressive summer performances for incoming UTA freshman golfers.

The Montgomery, Texas native carded a 1-over par 72 yesterday to finish in third place and claim first alternate status at a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at Champions Golf Club in Houston.  After making par on each of his first seven holes, Massengale slipped with a pair of bogeys before making the turn.  He quickly settled down to par the next seven holes before finishing strong with a birdie on the par 4 17th hole.  Chad Sewell of Conroe claimed medalist honors at 5-under, while Hong Kong native Shuai Ming Wong claimed the only other automatic qualifier spot with a 3-under par 69.

The summer has been kind to UTA golf with the incoming freshman trio providing a glimpse into the future of the program, rising junior Tanner Gore making the cut at the prestigious Southwestern Amateur and head coach Stuart Deane continuing his impressive playing career with a victory at the Prize Possessions Eastern Championship, nearly making the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson and making the cut for today's final round at the PGA Professional Championship in Oregon.

UTA director of golf Stuart Deane fired a 2-over par 74 today and appears poised (as of 4:45 p.m. PDT) to place among the top 70 individuals and advance to the final round of the 2017 PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

Deane, who narrowly missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson and just last week claimed medalist honors at the Prize Possessions Eastern Championship, turned in rounds of 73-72-74 for a 4-over par 219. The low 70 scorers and ties following Tuesday's third round will compete in an 18-hole finale Wednesday. The final 36 holes will be conducted at Crosswater Club.

The low 20 scorers following Wednesday's final round earn a berth in the 99th PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

UTA director of golf Stuart Deane carded a steady even par 72 yesterday to make the cut at the 2017 PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

Deane registered 16 pars, one bogey and a birdie and is tied with 12 other golfers for 52nd place at 2-over par after 36 holes.  Deane is scheduled to start today's third round at 1:05 p.m. (CDT). 

The field of 312 in the largest all-professional national championship was trimmed to the low 90 scorers and ties, with 108 advancing at 4-over-par 147. The low 70 scorers and ties following Tuesday's third round will compete in an 18-hole finale Wednesday. The final 36 holes will be conducted at Crosswater Club.  Leaderboard

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Tuesday approved extending the coach's box to 38 feet for the 2017-18 men's basketball season.

The coach's box was 28 feet, but NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee members believe this will allow coaches to improve communication with their teams, especially when the teams are at the opposite end of the court.

The panel also approved a rule permitting a reset of the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the frontcourt after a foul by the defense. If more than 20 seconds remains on the shot clock, the shot clock will not be reset.

Also, next season fans will notice that throw-in spots will occur from more consistent spots in the frontcourt when the offensive team retains possession after a nonshooting foul or other stoppages in the game.

The location of all throw-ins in the frontcourt will be determined by an imaginary line drawn from the corner of the court to the intersection of the lane line and the free-throw line. If the stoppage of play is inside this area, the throw-in will occur on the end line 3 feet outside the lane line.

If the stoppage occurs outside this area, the throw-in will be at the nearer sideline at the 28-foot mark. Deflections will continue to be put back in play at the nearest out-of-bounds spot. Throw-ins in the back court will continue to be at the nearest spot.

Fresh off his recent appearance at the AT&T Byron Nelson, UTA director of golf Stuart Deane is back in tournament action in each of the next two weeks.  Monday and Tuesday, he will be looking for his third career Prize Possessions Eastern Championship title when he joins 87 golfers from six different countries at Hurricane Creek Country Club in Anna, Texas.

The following week, June 18-21, Deane will be among 312 golfers competing at the 50th PGA Professional Championship. The tournament will be played on the Crosswater and Meadows Golf Courses at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. 

The 2017 PGA Professional Champion receives exemption into the 2017 PGA Championship and six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.  The low 20 scorers in the Championship earn a berth in the 2017 PGA Championship, Aug. 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

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UTA men's basketball coach Scott Cross appeared with hosts Brett Lovell and Ken Cross (no relation) today on Marching to Madness, a podcast focused on college basketball.

Photo Credit: University of Arizona Athletics.

Story By Damien Alameda, Sports Director, Tucson News Now

SB: Kristie Fox - National Champion

As Oklahoma and Florida battle it out in the Women's College World Series final - including playing 17 innings in Game 1 on Monday - Tucson News Now Sports Director Damien Alameda caught up UT Arlington Softball head coach Kristie Fox on when she helped lead Arizona to a national championship, including a walk-off homer during the run. 

Read the full story at Tucson News Nowhttp://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/35592405/the-last-queens-of-the-diamond

Below - Fox knocks a walk-off home run over Baylor

SB Nation's popular mid-major college basketball website MidMajorMadness.com recently updated its "Way Too Early Power Rankings" and the UTA Mavericks have moved up to fifth in the nation.  #MavCity ranks ahead of Nevada, Middle Tennessee and BYU and behind Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), Rhode Island and Vermont.

Although UTA loses three starters off last year's team that won the regular season Sun Belt Conference title and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals, the returning group is talented.  Kevin Hervey, the Sun Belt's player of the year and its male student-athlete of the year, is considered a strong NBA prospect.  And, it would be difficult to find a more dynamic point guard among any sized program in the country than Erick Neal.

Members of the UTA athletics staff and head coaches conducted a leadership retreat Monday at the Plano offices of the department's multimedia, licensing and sponsorship partner, Learfield. Athletic director Jim Baker led the group through a number of activities and discussions designed to help the staff continue to support UTA's student-athletes in a top-class manner and build the Mavericks into the country's top NCAA Division IAAA athletics program.

The group was also introduced to members of the Learfield staff and learned more about how the company helps drive revenue and brand recognition through its partnership in sponsorship sales, trademark licensing and broadcast operations.



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