MG: Mavs fourth at WAC Championships
April 29, 2013
Club Glove WAC Men's Golf Championship
Rio Secco Golf Club
HENDERSON, Nevada – UT Arlington is tied for fourth after the first round of the Western Athletic Conference men's golf championships. The Mavericks shot a 6-over par 294 at the Rio Secco Golf Club, eight shots back of leader New Mexico State.
Paul McConnell leads the five-man UT Arlington contingent with a 1-under 71 at the 7,313-yard, par-72 course. McConnell is tied for sixth, four shots back of leader J.J. Lindsey of UTSA. McConnell carded two birdies on both the front and back 9, but has hindered by a double-dogey and a bogey.
Hunter Brown (72) is tied for 11th. A bogey on the 18th cost Brown a chance at breaking par. Riley Fleming (75, T23), Brad Mason (76, T28) and Cash Wilkerson (76, T28) round out the UT squad. Wilkerson recorded UTA's only eagle on the day on the par-5 17th.
"We started really good, but five double-bogeys coming in kept us from our goal of low round of the day," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "We practiced after our round. I still feel our mind set is positive and strong. Our goal for the next two days will be low round of the day.
"Paul and Hunter are in good shape individually to win this championship as well. We must find a way to make it happen."
New Mexico State leads at 2-under par (286) after the first round. Lindsey carded the best score of the day with a 3-under par 69 to lead by one stroke. New Mexico State has three players in the top-six as Derek Baade and Willy Hogan each shot a 2-under 70, while Kenneth Fadke shot 1-under 71.
The highlight of day one came on the front nine where first-round leader Lindsey (-3) shot a 6-under par 30, with a birdie on six of the nine holes.
Utah State shot a 4-over par 292 on the day followed by UTSA at 293 (+5). Idaho and UT Arlington each finished at 6-over par and are in a tie for fourth place with a 294. San Jose State is in sixth with 296 (+8), Seattle U in in seventh at 297 (+9), Denver is eighth at 300 (+12), Texas State ranks ninth with 302 (+14) and Louisiana Tech is tenth at 305 (+17).
The three-day tournament continues on Tuesday with second-round tee times beginning at 7 a.m. MT.