MG: Mavs open season at Northern Intercollegiate
Sept. 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The men's golf team opens its fall season with experience, talent and great expectations. The first stop is the Northern Intercollegiate for a Friday-Sunday tournament at Rich Harvest Farms golf course in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
UT Arlington's five-man squad consists of junior Cash Wilkerson, junior transfers Jake Argento and Andrew Cornella, sophomore Riley Fleming and freshman Zach Galliford. Brad Mason, senior, is competing as an individual.
Set up at 7,236 yards and playing as a par 72 this weekend, Rich Harvest Farms provides a stern challenge. The home of the 2009 Solheim Cup, the 2015 Palmer Cup and the LPGA International Crown in 2016, Rich Harvest Farms was rated No. 58 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2011-12. Rich Harvest Farms will host a NCAA Men’s Golf Regional this coming spring, May 15-17, 2014.
"It's a great opportunity on a great venue," UT Arlington coach Jay Rees said. "There are some really good teams to start the year with. The guys have qualified well and I feel that we're excited to compete to win.
"Obviously, that's going to be our goal. I think this weekend is a great opportunity for us to get the year started with these new guys and some top returners."
Maverick golfers are coming off a strong summer. Fleming won the Alberta Men's Amateur Championship and the professional Alberta Open. Wilkerson won the Collegiate Players Tour National Championship at Texas Star Golf Course.
Galliford won the Victory Shield, the most prestigious team event in Welsh Golf, and the Tucker Trophy. Mason came in third at the Texas Collegiate Am and qualified for the Southern Amateur. Cornella placed sixth at the Southwestern Amateur. Argento tied for second at the Falcon Amateur in Arizona.
"When they have had a summer like this, you know you're going to see some great scores and we're going to start building that momentum and start building that chemistry," Rees said. "I'm extremely excited about the team this year, but for the first time since I've been here, I feel like we're going to have depth and that's awesome."
The Northern Intercollegiate marks the first events as Mavericks for Argento, Cornella and Galliford. Rees believes a talented recruiting class, plus the returning letter winners, sets UT Arlington up for a special year.
"With a little bit of luck, this team could be a top 25 team and be as good as any team we've ever had," he said. "They're used to winning, that's all we talked about is preparing to win and making the adjustment, what it's going to take to win."
Course: Rich Harvest Farms (Sugar Grove, Ill.)
Tournament Field: Ball State, Central Florida, Houston, Indiana, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), North Texas, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, San Diego, St. Mary's, UT Arlington, Virginia.
Schedule of Play
Live scoring: Golfstat.com