MG: Strong summer for UTA golfers
Aug. 6, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington coach Jay Rees expects the upcoming men's golf team to be among the best in school history. So it should come as no surprise they're having one heck of a summer.
Though sophomore Riley Fleming has won a pair of tournaments, he's hardly the only Maverick enjoying success on the links during the months between the spring and fall semesters. Individual titles, club championships and top 10s have been the norm for UT Arlington golfers.
Fleming won the Alberta Men's Amateur Championship and the professional Alberta Open. Josh Cole finished second in the Collegiate Players Tour event in Oklahoma. Incoming freshman Zach Galliford won the Victory Shield, the most prestigious team event in Welsh Golf, and the Tucker Trophy.
Senior Brad Mason came in third at the Texas Collegiate Am at Trophy Club Golf Course in Southlake and qualified for the Southern Amateur. Senior Chris Lovell tied for fourth at the Texas Collegiate Amateur Tour Event at the Golf Club of Dallas
Junior transfer Andrew Cornella placed sixth at the Southwestern Amateur. Junior college transfer Jake Argento tied for second at the Falcon Amateur in Arizona. Incoming freshman Josh Radcliff narrowly missed qualifying for the Texas State Open. Joss Gosling competed in the British Amateur Championship.
Rees attributed the impressive results to the roster's overall talent, especially the newcomers.
"I feel like this could be the best recruiting class I've ever attracted to UTA golf," Rees said. "We are going to finally have depth and I think that's a big deal going into the Sun Belt."
Rees isn't shying from some lofty expectations going into 2013-14. The Sun Belt Conference championship going into UT Arlington's first year in the league is the goal.
"We have a team good enough to win the Sun Belt," Rees said. "And from the very first team meeting that will be our No. 1 commitment: winning the Sun Belt and not only advancing to the NCAA regionals again, but this team could have enough fire power to get to the National Championship.
"So, with a little bit of good fortune, and again you've got to have good fortune, with a little bit of luck, this team could be a top 25 team and be as good as any we've ever had."
Seven members of the UT Arlington golf team – Cash Wilkerson, Cole, Lovell, Gosling, Argento, Radcliff and Jaret Brewer – are competing this week in the Collegiate Players National Championship at Texas Star. The three-day tournament begins Tuesday and ends Thursday.