Sept. 20, 2004

WACO, Texas - The UTA golf team let a first-round lead slip away with an afternoon team score of 301 to stand in a tie for second place after the opening day of the 2004 Baylor Invitational played at Bear Ridge Golf Course here Monday.

Gusty winds blowing 25 miles-per-hour played havoc on the Mavericks' scores in the afternoon as no player shot better than 74 following a morning round where no player shot worse than a 73.

"We let some shots slip away (in the afternoon)," said UTA Head Golf Coach Jay Rees. "We had some triples that we had to count. Bottom line is you can't shoot 300 at this level. We needed to grind out a 295-296 in conditions like this afternoon. We will have to come out and player well tomorrow in order to finish as high as we can."

UTA is tied with Southland Conference foe Louisiana-Monroe at 582, 15 strokes behind leader Lamar who carded steady rounds of 283 and 284-567.

UTA led after the morning round following a sparkling seven-under-par 281. All four players who scores were counted shot par or better. Jordan Krantz fired a three-under-par 69 for the best round of the day by a Maverick. Junior transfer Jeff Murray carded a 70 and redshirt freshman Zack Reeves a 70. Marc Campbell carved out a 72 on the 7,250-yard course while Tyrone Mordt finished with a 73.

The afternoon was a different story. Mordt had a 74 for the team's best score. Reeves and Campbell shot 75s, Murray a 77 and Krantz ballooned to a 79.

Baylor stands in fourth place (588) followed by Southeastern Louisiana (589), Southwest Missouri State (592), Arkansas-Little Rock (595), Rice (599) and Texas State (604).

Final round action begins Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.


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