Feb. 11, 2003

HOUSTON, Texas... Brandon Mullen finished in a tie for 10th place and Anthony Estorga tied for 12th to lead The University of Texas at Arlington, but a poor third round doomed the Mavericks as UTA finished eighth at the Rice Intercollegiate at the BackHorse North Golf Club in Cypress today.

The Mavericks shot rounds of 297, 298 and 310 in the tournament to finish at 41-over par 905, 40 strokes behind tournament victor Northwestern.

Texas-Arlington entered the afternoon's final round in fifth place, but the second worst third round score pushed the Mavericks back three places. Missouri and UTA both shot 310 over the final 18 holes, better only than host Rice's 316 final round.

Following Northwestern, which shot one-over par 865 easily outdistanced second place North Texas, which shot 883, 18 strokes behind the Wildcats. UNT's 293 was the best team score of the third round. The Eagles were followed by Missouri (+30, 894), Coastal Carolina (+33, 897) and San Diego (+34, 898) in the top five. The second five consisted of Kansas State and Mississippi, which each shot 40-over-par 904, UTA, Virginia (+44, 908) and Rice (+45, 909). Texas-San Antonio (+55, 919), Louisiana-Lafayette (+57, 921) and Tennessee (+66, 930) rounded out the 13-team field.

Individually, the Mavericks received solid play from their top two players, Mullen and Estorga. Mullen fired a 75-71-75=221 to tie for 10th place, while Estorga shot 75-72-76=223 to tie for 12th. Jordan Krantz tied for 25th with a 70-80-77=227, Garry Antunes shot 77-75-83=235 to tie for 54th and Tyrone Mordt rounded out the UTA scoring with an 80-81-82=243 to tie for 65th.

Northwestern's Scott Harrington won the individual medal by shooting seven-under-par 209 with rounds of 68, 68 and 73. Harrington was one stroke better than Missouri's Chris Happ, who shot 70-68-72=210.



The Mavericks return to action Feb. 28-March 2 at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.



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