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MG: UTA moves up to third at SLC Championship

Cash Wilkerson putts for birdie on the seventh hole Tuesday.
 
Cash Wilkerson putts for birdie on the seventh hole Tuesday.
 

April 24, 2012

McKinney, Tex. -

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On a tough weather day at the second round of the 2012 Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship, UT Arlington shot the second-lowest score and got back into the race for the title.

A strong south wind and a dried out course greeted the golfers Tuesday morning and the Stonebridge Ranch course showed its teeth as all 10 teams struggled around the par 72 layout.

The Mavericks carded a 13-over score of 301 Tuesday, and was just one of three team scores under 20-over par, and they did it with a comeback on the last few holes.

Jamey Taylor, who finished with an even par round of 72, hit his approach shot on the 18th hole into a foot and tapped in birdie. That effort followed a birdie by Cash Wilkerson, who drained a 15-footer for a three on the same hole to finish with a 75.

Taylor began the day in a tie for 14th but will enter the final round in a tie for third at just two-over par. After a solid start to his round, he birdied the par four sixth before suffering a double bogey on the next hole. The fifth-year senior then parred holes 8-17 before his ending birdie.

"I got off to a solid start and just tried to keep momentum going all day long," Taylor said. "I had to get up and down a lot and made some 8-10 footers for par when I needed to.

"The wind started getting up there and it was from the south which was the opposite from yesterday," he added. "It was a lot harder today than yesterday."

His round impressed is head coach.

"What a great round by Jamey," UTA head coach Jay Rees said. "He birdie on the last hole and kept the team score together and kept us in it. His 72 was a major lift."

Wilkerson's birdie on the 18th was his only one of the day and he will enter the final round in a tie for 12th at six-over par.

Cameron Hollek, who started off the tournament with a 73 Monday, registered a five-over 77 Wednesday. He was just one-over on his round before he triple-bogeyed the par 4 15th and then three-putted the par three 17th.

Paul McConnell recovered from his first round 81 with a 77 while Hunter Brown slipped to an eight-over 80 Tuesday.

"It is supposed to be really tough tomorrow with higher winds than there were today and 300 might be a great round," Rees said. "If that proves to be the case we might have a chance to win this championship."

The final round will begin at 8 a.m. at Stonebridge Ranch on Wednesday. Live stats are available for the final round on golfstat.com.

 

 

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