MG: Mavs sit 15th after Tucker's first day
Sept. 27, 2013
William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. – UT Arlington men's golf is 15th after Friday's first two rounds of the 58th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The 17-team tournament, hosted by the University of New Mexico, concludes Saturday with the third round at the UNM Championship Course.
The Mavericks shot a combined 46-over-par 622 through two rounds. UT Arlington did improve from a plus-33 321 in the first round to a plus-13 301 in the second, which was the fourth-best team round.
"We will do our best to keep moving up in the standings tomorrow," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "Right now it is really tough for us, but we will get better."
The Mavericks' five-man team was led by junior Andrew Cornella, who is tied for 50th with a plus-10 154 through two rounds. Sophomore Riley Fleming (T59, 155), junior Joss Gosling (T61, 156), junior Cash Wilkerson (T67, 157) and senior Brad Mason (T93, 163) round out the squad.
"It was a cold, windy, tough day," Rees said. "By far the toughest conditions we have faced this year."
Rees was encouraged by the improvement in the second round.
"We did not adjust to the fast greens in the morning," he said. "We counted four 4-putts and 12 3-putts. We just had a bad round in brutally tough conditions.
"The boys kept grinding in the second round and we improved by 20 shots. That was a positive. We have to drive the ball better and get closer birdie opportunities."
Participating Teams: Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Colorado State, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, USC, TCU, UNLV, UT Arlington, UTSA, Wichita State, Wyoming.
Format: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes to be played on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.
Tee Times: On Saturday, tee times begin at 7:45 a.m. with a shotgun start.
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