MAV GOLFERS CLAIM THIRD AT BORDER OLYMPICS
March 18, 2006
LAREDO, Texas - The UT-Arlington men's golf team withstood windy conditions to shoot six-over-par 294 and claim third place at the Border Olympics Saturday afternoon.
UTA led the tournament with five holes to play, before finishing 12-over-par down the stretch to match their best finish of the season.
"We accomplished our goal of the week and that was to beat Houston and Lamar," said UTA Head Golf Coach Jay Rees. "It is disappointing to know we were so close to winning the tournament, but we are going to look on the bright side and realize we took care of business and give ourselves a chance at an at-large berth (in the NCAA Tournament)."
UT-Arlington finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 867, 12 strokes behind winner Baylor (855). Memphis (860) took second. New Mexico State had a final round of 300 to fall to fourth at 869. Lamar (873) rounded out the top five. Houston (883) was sixth with Rice (886), Notre Dame (888), Southeastern Louisiana (889) and South Alabama (891) rounding out the top 10.
Memphis' Keven Fortin-Simard won medallist honors at 13-under-par 203 to finish a stroke ahead of Baylor's Ryan Baca. UTA's Zack Reeves (71-70-69-210) and Lamar's Oliver Bekker, competing as a medalist, tied for third at 6-under-par 210.
Marc Campbell, competing in his first tournament of the spring, posted a final round 74 to go along with Friday's rounds of 73 and 75 to card a 222 and a tie for 32nd.
Senior Tyrone Mordt struggled all weekend, posting a season-high 80 on Saturday and finished the tournament (75-76-80-231).