PEARLAND, Texas -- Freshman Paul Gonzalez led the UT Arlington men's golf team with a top 15 finish on the first day of competition at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic today at Golfcrest Country Club.
The Waxahachie native registered a 2-under par 70 in the morning round and turned in a 2-over par 74 in the afternoon to finish at even par after 36 holes. He is tied for 15th place among the 84-golfer field heading into tomorrow's final round.
As a team, UTA sits in 13th place in the 15-team field at 19-over par 595. Arkansas State leads the field at 7-under par, followed by Lipscomb just one stroke behind. The Mavericks sit three strokes behind Lamar University, four behind Little Rock and five back of the University of Nebraska.
Graduate transfer Nick Thornton (Boerne) carded rounds of 74-76 and sits in a tie for 51st at 5-over par 150.
Junior Tanner Gore (El Paso) suffered through a tough back nine in the morning round, going 6-over par during a 5-hole stretch. He rebounded with seven pars, a birdie and a double bogey to go 1-over on the front, but finished the round with an 8-over par 80. He rebounded with a consistent round of even par 72 in the afternoon, and is teid for 61st at 8-over after 36 holes.
Freshman Andrew Lindberg (Coppell) is also tied for 61st place, while senior Aaron Guanlao (Haslet) is tied for 68th. Guanlao also struggling in the morning before rebounding in the afternoon round. He finished with scores of 78-75. Lindberg, playing in his first "A" team event as a Maverick, fired consecutive rounds of 76.
The field returns to 7,254-yard, par 72 Golfcrest Country Club tomorrow morning for the tournament's final round. Live results are available online via Golfstat by clicking here. UTA is scheduled to start off the 10th tee beginning at 8:54 a.m. and is paired with golfers from Southern Mississippi and Houston Baptist.
Following the Bayou City Collegiate Classic, UTA returns to action on Monday, Oct. 23 at the Little Rock Intercollegiate at Chenal Country Club. The Mavericks conclude their fall season Nov. 6-8 at the Saint Mary's Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Club in Pebble Beach, Calif.
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