PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The UT Arlington men's golf team will be looking for a resume-building finish tomorrow as the Mavericks enter the final round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.
The Mavericks finished today's second round in 10th place at 8-over par after 36 holes, just two strokes behind ninth place TCU and three behind eighth place Wyoming.
Individually, UTA senior Aaron Guanlao (Haslet, Texas) remains the Mavericks' low finisher. He owns rounds of 69-72 and his 3-under par is tied for 15th place in the 135-golfer field. Guanlao enters tomorrow's final round just one stroke behind 14th place Yannik Paul of Colorado and two behind five golfers tied for 9th at 5-under.
The Cal Bears continue to prove to be the class of the tournament with three of the top 7 individuals. The 19th ranked bears pulled farther away from the field today with a 14-under par 274 to move to 27-under after 36 holes. Cal enters tomorrow's final round 15 strokes ahead of 9th ranked Texas Tech and 16 in front of third place Colorado. No. 21 UCLA and 36th ranked Kansas are tied for fourth at 3-over par.
The 54-hole event concludes tomorrow with golfers starting on hole No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. (CST) at 7,322-yard, par 72 Classic Club. UTA will go off the first tee, along with golfers from TCU, Southern Illinois and Little Rock.
The low four scores from each team's five designated golfers count toward the team total each round. A team champion and individual medalist will be awarded following Sunday's final round.
UTA freshman Paul Gonzalez (Waxahachie, Texas) improved by four strokes over yesterday's finish. He has turned in rounds of 74-70, is at even par and is tied for 32nd with Nebraska's Jace Guthmiller, Texas Tech's Wes Artac and Wyoming individual competitor Carl Underwood.
Graduate transfer Nick Thornton (Boerne, Texas) improved his score by three strokes from yesterday, finishing at 1-over par 73. He is 5-over for the tournament and tied for 68th. Junior Tanner Gore (El Paso, Texas) is tied for 76th at 6-over park, while senior Jake Greenspoon is tied for 100th at 9-over.
Following the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, UTA returns to action on March 11-12 at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate in Leland, N.C. The team will play five regular season spring events prior to the annual Sun Belt Conference Championships, which are scheduled for April 22-24 at Raven Golf Course in Miramar Beach, Fla.
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