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Day 1 Results & Live Scoring

By Cassie Logan |

LELAND, N.C. -- UTA men's golf carded its best start to a 2016-17 tournament on Monday with a second place finish through two rounds on Day 1 of the Cape Fear International Collegiate.

Senior Zach Galliford was a driving force for UTA's success, earning a 3-over 147 to take sole place of second among the 95 golfers competing. Sophomore Tanner Gore was right behind him and tied for third, turning in a 4-over in the first and second rounds.

"It was a windy and cold day, but the boys hung tough to hang three shots back going into the final round," UTA coach Stuart Deane said. "We were led by Galliford one back of the lead, so we are looking for the double victory tomorrow with an individual and team win. Hopefully we can inspire the men's basketball team to get a victory of their own in the NIT tomorrow night." 

The Mavericks posted a total 27-over 603 (306-297) and sit three strokes behind leader Jacksonville State heading into the third and final round on Tuesday. Host and Sun Belt member Appalachian State trails UTA 32-over in the 16-team field.

Galliford opened his day with a 75 in Round 1 and lowered his overall total with an even par 72 in the afternoon. His second round included five birdies, four of which were hit on the front nine. A pair of bogeys on holes No. 16 and 17 lifted his score, but par on the final hole would even the mark.

Gore had a similar experience through his first pair of rounds in the competition. The sophomore compiled a 76 on the first go-around, but composed himself to mark a 1-under through the first nine of the second attempt. Two bogeys and a birdie in the latter holes earned him a 1-over to even his overall score in the second round. 

Junior Aaron Guanlao tied for 17th with an 8-over 152. His best round also came in second part of the day, finishing two strokes lower than his 77 in the first. Camilo Avila tied for 35th with a pair of 78s on the day. Josh Radcliff is in a four-way tie for 47th at 16-over, his lower score also marked in Round 2. 

Jake Greenspoon competed as an individual in his second appearance of the season. The junior is tied for 60th with a 163. His 79 in the second round was his best on Monday. 




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