April 9, 2012
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Brad Lyle rebounded from a slow start in Monday morning's opening round to card a 3-under-par 69 in the afternoon's second round of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate.
Lyle's resiliency in bouncing back from a 75 is a trait the rest of the UT Arlington golf team is looking going into Tuesday's final round. The Mavericks shot a 10-over-par 586 and sit 12th after two rounds at The Woodlands Country Club.
"I played the same golf as the morning, but just hit it closer when I needed to," Lyle said of his second round. "I made more putts when I needed to. On courses like this, little things add up. Those little things were better in the second round."
Lyle heads into the third round tied for 26th with an even-par 144 total. Rounding out the Mavericks' contingent were Hunter Brown (146, T39), Paul McConnell (147, T48), Cameron Hollek (149, T58) and Jamey Taylor (156, T78)
UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said the goal coming into the tournament was to limit the big numbers and three-putts. After surveying the first day, he felt the Mavericks didn't take advantage of birdie holes.
"We have not been able to capitalize on the par-5s," Rees said. "We did have a couple of eagles and some birdies, but we also had some doubles and triples. But in this field with Arkansas being 20-under, we probably left 10 shots out there.
"If we were even-par that would have been a good day for us. If we're able to shoot even for the tournament that would be a tournament for us. We're going to try to get those 10 shots back."
Despite the six-shot swing from the morning to the afternoon, Lyle was the most consistent. The junior didn't have a three-putt or a double-bogey the entire day.
"He fought back from the morning round," Rees said. "He met the goal of not making anything more than a bogey in the morning or the afternoon. I feel that he got better and can go out tomorrow and build on the 69.
"We have to continue to prove that we can play the par-5s better and eliminate the big numbers."
Arkansas leads the team competition at 20-under. North Texas, Texas A&M, SMU and host Houston round out the top five. A&M's Geoff Shaw is the low individual at 8-under.
Tuesday's third round tees off at 8 a.m. Updates from The Woodlands All-American are available at golfstat.com, with and recaps at utamavs.com following the day's action.
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