Golf: Mavericks place 12th at The Woodlands Intercollegiate
April 10, 2012
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The Mavericks struggled with consistency over the two days of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate and it resulted in a disappointing 12th-place finish Tuesday.
UT Arlington carded a three-round total of 15-over-par 879, finishing 38 shots behind tournament-winning Arkansas. The 15-team event was played at The Woodlands Country Club.
"At times we competed really well and were making our goals, unfortunately at the end of the day we had to endure some big numbers, we had to endure some three-putts and we had to endure leaving shots out on the par-5s," UTA coach Jay Rees said. "Did we make our goal this week? No. Am I disappointed? Yeah, I'm disappointed.
"I felt like that we needed a good week and we were unable to get it done. I attribute that to experience and maturity. These guys are trying their hearts out, but with only having only one senior in the lineup (Jamey Taylor), coming up short on these goals comes from maturity and lack of experience."
Taylor had the strongest finish for the Mavericks, closing with a 1-under 71. That third round proved a nice bounce back after shooting an 80 and 76 during Monday's opening rounds.
"The pins were tougher. I just came out with a purpose," said Taylor, who tied for 70th individually. "I didn't play good well the first two days. I came out with a nothing to lose attitude, starting hitting good shots and I got 4-under pretty quick."
"We haven't been finishing as well as we want to," Taylor said. "We don't know the golf course and it's a tough golf course. We played well at times as a team. We have room for improvement."
If that improvement is going to show, the next opportunity comes at the Southland Conference Championships beginning April 23 in McKinney.
"The No. 1 thing I have to find out is if Pierre Carlsson is going to be able to play," Rees said. "If he can that could be a major lift. If we get things straightened out with Hunter and Paul, we can have a great week. Then we have to decide who are the next couple of guys that have the best heads on their shoulders.
"I'm dealing with guys that have not been there and have not done that. We have to take the best of what we've got and try to make the most of our opportunities. The conference is probably deeper than it's ever been."