April 28, 2009
KERRVILLE, Tx. - The UTA golf team will have some work to do in Wednesday's final round of the Southland Conference Tournament as they find themselves five shots behind Lamar after Tuesday's second round.
Lamar entered the day six strokes behind the Mavericks and went back-and-forth with UTA during the opening six holes but were still down by a half dozen at that point. But Lamar played the final 12 holes at 9-under-par while UTA toured the same stretch at 2-over-par, with the big swing coming in the final six holes when the Cardinals played them at minus-seven. At the end of the round, the Cardinals turned in a score 11-under par while the Mavericks were even
Some low scores were to be had at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas Tuesday as the Mavs and third place Southeastern Louisiana each were at even par but Stephen F. Austin shot a six-under 282 and UTSA had a three-under 285.
"Lamar made up six shots on us today and we go into the final round just five back," UTA head coach Jay Rees said. "We are in position to have a chance and that is all we can ask for. It should be a good day of golf between two good teams.
"We will be playing with them again tomorrow," Rees added. "Our guys have been in this position before. We just have to eliminate mistakes and then we will all see what happens."
UTA's Zack Fischer still leads the tournament at nine-under 135 after following his career-low 67 Monday with a four-under 68. He holds a four shot lead over UTSA's Kyle Collins headed into the final round. Fischer's round tied for the second-lowest of the day as Stephen F. Austin's Chad Spencer had the low round of the day with a 67.
Bobby Massa followed his opening round 70 with a three-over 75 and is in a tie for ninth at one-over 145. Bryce Easton improved from a 74 to an even par 72 Tuesday and is in a tie for 11th at two-over 146. Michael Van deVenter and Kevin Carrigan will both enter the final round in a tie for 20th at four-over 148 after shooting 73 and 75 respectively.
Wednesday's final round on the par 72, 7,126-yard course will begin at 8 a.m. The Mavericks will be paired with Lamar and will start at 9:20 a.m. Live stats are available from the tournament on golfstat.com.
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