April 23, 2014
SAUCIER, Mississippi - UT Arlington made a run at an NCAA Regional after holding leads at the Sun Belt Championship all three days of the tournament. The Mavericks, though, couldn't hold on and slipped to third after Wednesday's final round.
"We should have won the championship," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "We had the team total to 6-under par for the day. We left some shots out there. We did not take advantage of the par 5s overall.
"We made the turn and met our goal of everyone being in the tournament from 1-over par to 2-under par. I know a couple of the guys wished they could have played a couple of holes over again, but you get one shot."
The Mavericks, holding the lead at the turn at Grand Bear Golf Course, fell to 1-over-par to conclude play in the three-round championship. Georgia State claimed the conference title with a 1-under finish. South Alabama ended the tournament at even-par, shooting 8-under in Round 3.
Joss Gosling led UTA individually by finishing eighth at a 1-under-par for the tournament. Gosling was one spot ahead of teammate Brad Mason, who shot a 2-under 70 in Round 3 to end the tournament at even.
Jake Argento finished in 12th place after an even-par 70 in Round 3. Argento was 2-over for the tournament. Cash Wilkerson and Zach Galliford rounded out UTA's finishers. Wilkerson tied for 14th at 4-over-par, while Galliford was 5-over and tied for 19th.
"Brad Mason ended his career on a positive note with a 2-under-par 70," Rees said. "Another positive fact, all the guys finished in the top 20."
UT Arlington was leading the SBC Championship after the first round and had slipped to second after Round 2. The Mavericks have played in the final group of their conference tournament in each of the last four years, finishing first (2011 Southland), second (2012 Southland), second (2013 WAC) and now third.
"Overall, I'm proud of the effort and the way we represented UTA," Rees said. "We will be more experienced next year with our top players returning and out top-ranked freshmen coming in. I believe we can win a championship next year."
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