Jan. 14, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington golfer Tyrone Mordt became the first Maverick golfer to qualify for a professional tour event while still a collegiate when he qualified for the South African Airways Open to be held at the Erinvale Golf Club in Cape Town, South Africa on January 15-18.

Mordt, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, was the only amateur to come through the qualifying rounds by shooting a 68 at King David Golf Club on Tuesday.

"I am real excited for Tyrone," said head coach Jay Rees. "Regardless of the outcome this is a great achievement for him to qualify for such a prestigious event."

The field for the 72-hole tour event is limited to 156 players with 143 spots exempt from pre-qualifying. The field includes such professionals as Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood, defending champion Trevor Immelman, Tim Clarke, David Frost and Gavan Levenson.

Success on the South African tour is nothing new to Mordt as over the summer he not only qualified, but won the Zimbabwe Amateur by shooting 70-74--73-66 to win by four strokes at the Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club.

In 12 rounds during the fall season, Mordt had a 74.25 stroke average. His best performance came at the Louisiana Tech Invitational when he shot a 74-74-72=220 to finish in a tie for fourth place.

The Maverick golfers return to action on Feb. 9-10 when they travel to Houston for the Rice Invitational.




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