GOLF: UTA climbs rankings on Day 2 of spring opener

Feb. 18, 2017

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By Cassie Logan |

PALM DESERT, California -- UTA fired an even-par 288 to improve four spots into a tie for 15th after two rounds of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Saturday at Classic Club.

The team's effort continues to be led by sophomore Tanner Gore, who is now individually tied for 14th in the 123-golfer field. After digging a hole on Day 1 that saw the Mavericks in 19th place with a plus-22 performance, the squad shook off nerves and settled into a groove that instills confidence heading into the final round on Sunday.

"It was a really nice bounce back day today for the team," UTA coach Stuart Deane said. "After yesterday's poor start, the guys stuck to the game plan and came out and went 22 shots better. We are looking for something better tomorrow to get into the top 10." 

No. 10 Oregon remains in control of the standings at 23-under par 553. UTA is tied with Fresno State, each with an overall total of 598. Old Dominion stands one stroke behind at 23-over.

Gore used a successful Day 1 as fuel toward a 14-spot leap into a tie for 14th. A 3-under par 69 in round 2 puts him at 1-under par in the two-day total, a key score responsible for UTA's rise in the overall rankings. Seniors Zach Galliford and Josh Radcliff both turned in scores of 74's on Saturday. Radcliff improved one spot in the individual race and Galliford dropped three. 

Aaron Guanlao made the most movement, jumping 23 spots with his 1-under 71 on Day 2, however he still remains plus-10 in his total. Nick Barney shot 6-over for a total of 163. 

The Mavs close out their spring opener with the final round of the Wyoming Desert on Sunday. 




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