ARLINGTON, Texas -- Under the direction Stuart Deane, the UTA men and women's golf program made significant strides forward in 2016-17, looking ahead toward its aim to become one of the state's premier combined programs.
Deane, who completed just his second season in charge of the UTA men's team, was named the program's director of golf and oversaw the launch of the Mavericks' first-ever women's program. Junior transfer Rachel Phillips and freshman Allison Wade formed the team's first recruiting class and spent the season preparing for the program's first season of competition in 2017-18.
On the men's side, Deane's squad registered eight top 10 finishes during the season with a tie for runner-up at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic in Pearland during the fall.
Sophomore Tanner Gore earned second team all-Sun Belt Conference honors and led the team in scoring average. The El Paso native registered a season-high finish of fourth at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate.
In addition to building the Mavericks program, Deane continued to shine in competition as well. The Brisbane, Australia native earned medalist honors for the second time at the Northern Texas PGA Section Championship and earned an exemption into the AT&T Byron Nelson.
In June, he finished in a tie for 20th place at the PGA Professional Championship and won a playoff to qualify for the prestigious PGA Championships in August.
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