April 1, 2008
WICHITA, Kan. - - The UT Arlington golf team battled windy conditions and a charge on the final day from Iowa State and Nebraska to hang onto fifth place at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic in Wichita, Kan., Tuesday afternoon.
UTA finished with a 31-over-par 288-295-300--883 in the 16-team field. In addition to holding off the Cyclones and Cornhuskers, the Mavericks finished ahead of Southland Conference schools Sam Houston State and UTSA. Host university Wichita State won the tournament with an 855, ahead of second-place SMU.
Even more impressive than the Mavericks overall team performance was the three-round score from UTA junior Kevin Carrigan.
Carrigan didn't make the Mavericks five-man squad in team qualifying for the Shocker Classic, but Mavericks coach Jay Rees wanted his newest team member to get some tournament experience, so Carrigan made the trip and competed as an individual. Carrigan, a transfer from Nevada-Las Vegas before the spring semester, competed Monday and Tuesday as a medalist and walked away as the individual champion.
Carrigan fired an even-par 71 on the final day for three-round score of 67-68-71--206. Carrigan was four strokes ahead of his nearest challenger, SMU's Kelly Kraft.
"It was windy out there, and I hit the ball pretty low, so it worked out well," Carrigan said. "It's kind of bittersweet because it didn't count for the team. But I'm happy with the way I played."
The Shocker Classic was the final tournament for the Mavericks before the Southland Conference Golf Championships scheduled April 14-16 in Lake Charles, La.
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