Sept. 20, 2010
Arlington, Tex. - Mavericks head coach Jay Rees won't have to walk far to watch all 10 of his golfers in Tuesday's final round of the UTA/Waterchase Invitational.
Why? Because both his Blue and Orange teams shot identical six-over totals of 582 in Monday's first two rounds to finish the first 36 holes in a tie for sixth and will play together in Tuesday's final round.
"We got off to a slow start today but both teams improved in the afternoon round and I hope we can take that momentum into the final round and see what we can do," Rees said. "We just didn't make enough putts today but hopefully that will chance tomorrow."
It was the Blue team which made the bigger improvement as they turned a nine-over 297 into a three-under 285 in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Orange team followed their first round 293 with a one-over 289 in the afternoon.
The Blue team was led by Zack Fischer who followed a one-under first round 71 with a four-under 68 for a five-under 139 which is in a tie for fifth for the individual title.
Wes Worster and Brad Lyle each started the tournament with rounds of 78 but each shot an even par 72 to help the Blue team move up the team charts. Transfer Paul McConnell finished with a one-over total after going 73-72 Monday.
Freshman Jess Gibson led the Orange team on the warm day at the Waterchase Golf CLub as he shot 71 in the morning and 72 in the afternoon. Cameron Hollek improved an opening round 75 to a 70 in the second round while Jamey Taylor shot 72 in the afternoon after carding a 78 in the morning. Enrique Livas began his Maverick career with a three-under 69 in the first round but then shot 77 in the afternoon.
North Texas will take a 10 shot lead into Tuesday's final round after carding a 20-under total of 556 which included a blistering 12-under total of 276 in the first round. Southern Mississippi is second at 10-under while Santa Clara is the only other team under par at two-under.
Texas Wesleyan's Armando Villarreal and Southern Mississippi's Derek Plucienski are tied for the individual lead at 11-under. Both players carded a 65 and 68 Monday with Villarreal posting those scores in the first and second rounds respectively while Plucienski did so in the reverse order.
Tuesday's final round begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Admission is free.
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