March 15, 2011
San Diego, Calif. -
The UT Arlington used their month off from competition to good use as the Mavericks finished the first day of the San Diego Intercollegiate in second place.
The Mavericks were tied with SMU after the first 18 holes Monday but just fell off the pace in the final 18 holes and they find themselves with a team total of seven-over and just three shots off the lead, held by the Mustangs, heading into Tuesday's third and final round.
"We played well today," UTA head coach Jay Rees said. "Since our last tournament we had a number of good practices over the last few weeks and it paid off today. We have put ourselves in a position to have a chance to win Tuesday."
The round was highlighted for the Mavericks by a hole in one by Zack Fischer. The senior aced the par 3, 158-yard 11th hole in the first round for his first career collegiate ace.
Fischer carded rounds of 72-73 and is in a tie for eighth after the first two rounds with a one-over 145.
The leading UTA player on Monday was Paul McConnell who shot an even par score of 144 after he was consistent all day as he shot 72 in each round.
Wes Worster joins Fischer in a tied for eighth giving the Mavericks three players in the top eight. The senior shot 74 in the first round but then a one-under 71 in the second to shoot one-over 145.
Brad Lyle is in a tie for 11th after carding a two-over 146 after rounds of 71-75.
UTA individuals will be chasing a pair of leaders Tuesday. SMU's Kelly Kraft and San Diego's Alex Ching are the leaders after the first day at five-under 139.
Tuesday's final round starts at 8 a.m. Pacific time and live results can be found on golfstat.com.
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