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MAVS ADD FALL CLASSIC HARDWARE TO MANTLE

Michael van de Venter
 
Michael van de Venter
 

Oct. 2, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - The UT Arlington men's golf team captured its second straight tournament title with a 54-hole record score to easily outdistance the field at the UT Arlington Fall Classic at Waterchase Golf Club here Tuesday.

UTA fired a final round six-over-par 294 for a 54-hole total of 13-under-par 51. The old record was 54 set twice at the Cleveland Golf Classic in 2002 and the Henry Griffits Invitational in 2001.

For UTA, the tournament win is the second of the fall season and the first back-to-back title since UTA won the Squire Creek Invitational and the SMU Stonebridge Invitational in the fall of 2003.

"I think all our hard work is starting to pay off," said UT Arlington Head Golf Coach Jay Rees. "Today the pins were in difficult positions and the wind kicked up. (The conditions) made par a very good score. This is a special group of guys. They all played well this week and did some things they can build upon. The chemistry on this team is the best I've had. I feel this can be a very special."

With the win, UTA will see if they can move up the rankings. The Mavs, ranked 34th in the nation according to golfweek.com, will try to move into the top 25 for the first time since 1999, the only time the programs has been ranked in the top 25.

Sophomore Michael van de Venter tied for second with a final round 74 and a three-round total of four-under-par 212. Arkansas State's Lloyd du Preez won with a final round 70 to finish six-under-par 210.

"I knew the tougher the conditions (over the final nine holes) was an advantage for me," said van de Venter. "My goal was to make as many pars as possible today. I had a good birdie on No. 15 and good pars on 16 and 17 before the up-and-down on 18."

In all eight Mavericks finished in the top 25.

Besides van de Venter, sophomores Bobby Massa and Bryce Easton tied for fifth with three-round totals of 215. Easton had 16 pars and birdies on the par-5 Nos. 3 and 6 for a two-under-70. Massa finished with a 74 after rounds of 73 and 68 on Monday.

 

 

Senior Zack Reeves had a 76 on Tuesday to finish at 216 (71-69-76) and tied for ninth.

Playing as medalists, Zack Fischer and Kevin Varrichio had totals of 218 to tie for 12th.

Fischer, a freshman from Texarkana ( 70-73-75=218) posted his first top-20 finish in his career. Varrichio played steady for two days with rounds of 73, 72 and 73. Senior Michael Douthit had his best showing of the season, tying for 14th with a 74-70-75=219.

Senior Buddy Wilkins ballooned to an 80 on Tuesday after rounds of 73 and 68 Monday, but still finished tied for 21st.

UT Arlington will travel to the Squire Creek Invitational in Choudrant, La., Oct. 15-16.

NOTES: The 22-stroke win is the third largest victory margin in school history.

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