Golf leads by one after second round of SLC Championship
April 26, 2011
by Art Garcia - Special to utamavs.com
Fort Worth, Tex. - The first-round lead UT Arlington authored held up for another day, as the Mavericks came out of Day 2 of the 2011 Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship still on top. But bringing home the title won't be easy.
UTA improved on Monday's plus-3 showing with a 6-under Tuesday to get to 3-under overall. But the Mavericks weren't the only team to make a move with the conditions not as harsh as the first round, when a strong wind played havoc on a number of holes.
Defending conference champion Southeastern Louisiana also too advantage of a cool, calm day by firing a 10-under round to nip at the Mavericks' heels at just one shot back. Stephen F. Austin, Lamar and UTSA round out the top five.
"There are a lot of good teams out here," UTA coach Jay Rees said. "Southeastern Louisiana went out and shot the low round of the day. That was a our goal. We had a competitive round and it's going to come out down to tomorrow who can deal with the conditions, and if the wind blows like they say it is we have a chance.
"Right now we still have the lead. At the end of the day if we're standing here with a one-shot lead, it'll be a great day."
Wes Worster led the UTA charge with a 6-under 66 to climb to a tie for second individually at 4-under. Zach Fisher and Paul McConnell are tied for 10th at even-par, with Hunter Brown just a shot back and tied for 13th. Carson Kallis is tied for 43rd.
The Mavericks' second-round total of 282 tied the program's lowest ever in a conference tournament. UTA also shot a 282 in 2005 on its way to the SLC title. The Mavericks probably don't need to go that low to hold off Southeastern Louisiana in the final round with the wind expected to pick back up.
"We're leading," said Fischer, who shot a 1-under 71. "They still have to catch us somehow. The wind is supposed to be howling tomorrow, which is going to be an advantage for us. I think we'll have a good day tomorrow and maybe we'll win by about 10. That would be nice."
Rees thought the more tranquil conditions on Tuesday allowed a number of golfers to post much better scores than the opening round.
"If the win doesn't blow here, a lot of people can shoot a good number," he said. "A lot of good players in this field, so it didn't surprise me a bit. We want it to be tough tomorrow and for the wind to blow."
Should the Mavericks prevail Wednesday, the conference title would be the fourth overall and first since '05.
"We just need to go out tomorrow and find a way to shoot the low round of the day and wrap this thing up," Rees said. "We got better. We got better today from yesterday. It all boils down to if we can make that goal, it'll be a great day. I know they can do it. I'm glad we're on our home course and I hope the wind blows."