ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UTA men’s golf program looks to continue building toward national prominence this fall with a fall schedule of tournaments against some of the top programs in the country.
Beginning in mid-September, the Mavericks will play a total of five events over nine weeks, starting with the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss. and culminating with the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Pebble Beach, Calif.
“We have a challenging schedule that should test the boys on a variety of different courses and help them develop their games throughout the fall,” said UTA director of golf Stuart Deane. “Our five tournaments in the fall feature some familiar opponents, as well as several that are from programs outside of our region. Competition against top programs helps continue to build our program’s ranking and reputation.”
UTA opens its fall season on Sept. 11 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate at Hattiesburg Country Club. ULM won last year’s event by four strokes over host Southern Mississippi, while Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and Rice rounded out the top five.
Ten days later, the Mavericks travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the 63rd annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. Hosted at the University of New Mexico’s South Course, the tournament featured five nationally ranked programs among its 16-team field in 2016. San Diego State claimed a 10-stroke victory over Colorado State, while BYU, Washington, the host Lobos and Colorado finished close behind.
The Mavericks return to the Bayou City Collegiate Classic at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland on Oct. 9-10. UTA tied co-host Houston for runner-up honors last season, the Mavericks’ best team finish since claiming the Southland Conference title in 2011.
The Little Rock Intercollegiate, which has typically taken place in the spring season, is scheduled for Oct. 23-24 at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark. The Mavericks finished in third-place in last season’s event.
UTA joins some of the country’s strongest programs at the annual Saint Mary’s (CA) Invitational Nov. 6-8 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. The event has featured team champions from Baylor, California, Notre Dame, Oregon, Saint Mary's and San Diego State and is expected to feature several Pac-12 programs as well as other nationally ranked teams.
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