May 18, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Paul McConnell shot 1-over 73 Saturday in the final round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
"Paul played great all week," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "He played well enough to win the Regional. Paul birdied his last hole and finished his career on a positive note.
"Paul is one of the best to ever play at UTA. He will finish his degree next year and then will look to play professional golf. We will miss him."
McConnell completed the three-day tournament with an overall score of 3-over 219, which left him tied for 10th. He had 11 birdies for the week.
"It felt great to birdie the last hole of my college career," McConnell said. "I felt a calmnesss out there and I couldn't ask for a better way to go out."
Mario Clemens of SMU led all golfers with a total score of 213, just six stokes ahead of McConnell, while Illinois took the team victory with a 1-over 863. The Fighting Illini will be joined by Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kent State, who placed in the top five, respectively.
McConnell is the only Maverick golfer with two championships during his college campaign. He was a member of the 2011 Southland Conference championship team, as well as the 2013 Western Athletic Conference medalist.
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