Sept. 19, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
UTA senior Tyrone Mordt recorded 12 birdies and finished the day 10-under-par 134 to lead the Mavericks to a fourth-place finish after the opening day of the 2005 Northwest Collegiate Classic at the Trysting Tree G.C. here Monday.
Mordt, a first-team all-Southland Conference returnee, played the par-4s at seven-under-par and the par-5s at six-under to shoot rounds of 68 and 66. The 66 is a career-best and ties for fifth best in the program's history. If Mordt can shoot 72 or better on Tuesday, he would match the lowest 54-hole score of 206 set by Shad Muth at the Cleveland Golf Championships in 2002.
UTA is two strokes behind tournament leader and host Oregon State (560) who leads Washington State and Long Beach State by one stroke. UTA is fourth at 562 followed by UC-Irvine (565), New Mexico State (573), St. Mary's of Calif. (578) and Oregon (579).
Sophomore Zack Reeves had a career-best round of 67 in the afternoon round to move into a tie for seventh at 139 (72-67).
"There are going to be conditions for people to put up numbers tomorrow" said UTA golf coach Jay Rees. "We need to go out and get better tomorrow."
Jeff Murray, Ryan Zamorano and Michael Douthit tallied 36-hole scores of 146. Murray and Douthit each had morning rounds of 72 and afternoon scores of 74 on the par-72, 7,070-yard course. Zamorano fired a 75 early in the day before regrouping for a 71.
Oregon State's Vincent Johnson had rounds of 67 and 66 for the individual lead by one stroke over Mordt. In all, 22 golfers fired sub-par scores through the first two rounds.
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