GOLFERS OPEN AT NIKE/NORTHWEST COLLEGIATE OPEN
Sept. 11, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UTA will open the 2004 fall season with a return to Corvallis, Ore. for the 2004 Northwest Collegiate Classic. UTA last played on the Oregon State University campus course in 2001. Hosted by OSU, the 12-team tourney tees off with 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. (CT) Play concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Trysting Tree Golf Course.
Home Grown:Nine of the 12-member UTA golf team hails from Texas. Bryan Baker (Whitehouse), Marc Campbell (Southlake), Michael Douthit (Palestine), Chris Myers (Southlake), Jeff Murray (Odessa), Zack Reeves (Arlington), John Charles Carpenter (San Antonio), Taylor McNeely (Duncanville) and Josh White (Shoreacres) are all native Texans.
Summer Daze:If a UTA professor asks a member of the Mavericks golf team what they did during their summer vacation, they might be impressed with the responses. A number of golfers had big summers competing on the national level. Here are a few of the accomplishments:
Marc Campbell (Southlake, Texas) shot a three-over-par 216 to tie for sixth place at the Collegiate Players Tour Championship played at the Texas Star Golf Club in Euless Aug. 13. Campbell, who tied for 48th at the 98th Southern Amateur Golf Championship near Ooltewah, Tenn. last month, posted steady rounds of 73-72-71.
Campbell carded a final round 77 to finish in a tie for 48th place at the 98th Southern Amateur Championship at the Honors Course on July 17. He was one of nine Texas golfers to finish in the top 50. Ryan Posey was the top Texan, tying for fifth with a four round total of three-under-par 285. Campbell carded rounds of 77, 75, 72, and 77 for a 13-over-par 301.
Zach Reeves (Mansfield, Texas) , who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 79th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in July, fired a 78 on the final day after a 75-73 on the Euless course. His three-round total of 226 tied for 21st place with Dillon Gooch of Salado. Reeves fired rounds of 75 and 80 for a 15-over-par 155 for 139th place in the stroke play rounds of the 104th U.S. Amateur Championships on the historic Winged Foot Golf Club at Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Bryan Baker finished 99th at the 104th U.S. Amateur Championships at Winged Foot G.C. with rounds of 78 and 74 (152).
Senior Jordan Krantz (Vermillion Bay, Canada) finished in a tie for 40th place at the 100th Canadian Amateur Championship at Beaconsfield Golf Club here on Aug 10. Krantz qualified for the championship after winning the Manitoba Amateur Championship July 22 at the Pinawa Golf Club. He rallied with five birdies over six holes to win by one shot over reigning Canadian mid-amateur champion Garth Collings.
A Year Ago: After finishing forth in conference last season, UTA looks to make a run at the Southland Conference title. Solid returning starters coupled with new recruits, UTA's golf team could draw some attention this season.
Back in the Far West: UTA coach Jay Rees has made it an almost annual ritual to open the golf season out West. The Mavericks make a return trip to Corvallis where they competed at the NW Collegiate Classic in 2000 and 2001. In '01, UTA claimed fifth place with a 54-hole total of 859 at the Trysting Tree Golf Course. Former Mav standout Luke Main finished five-under-par 211 to tie for fifth place. A year earlier, Main tied for 14th place as the Mavs finished 15th out of 18 teams with an 872 total.
Head Coach Jay Rees:Now in his sixth season at UTA, Jay Rees has built the golf program back to one of the top programs in the region. UTA played its best golf of the 2003-04 season at the end of the year wth a fourth place finish at the 2004 Southland Conference Championships and an eighth place finish at the prestigious Maxwell Cup in Ardmore, Okla. to keep optimism high for tis season. Rees is the sixth golf coach in UTA history dating back to 1963. He guided the Mavericks to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2002.
A native of Emporia, Kan., Rees spent three years at Texas Lutheran University, where he helped lead both the Bulldog men's and women's teams to national prominence. After taking over TLU's men's squad in September, 1996, the team made three straight appearances in the NAIA national tournament, where the Bulldogs finished seventh in the nation in 1997, fourth in 1998 and sixth in 1999. TLU's women's golf team began play on the varsity level in 1997-98, and under Rees' guidance, finished ninth overall in the NAIA's national championship tournament in its first season before finishing second in 1999. In addition, TLU's Elizabeth Hoffman won the individual national championship that season. Following each of his last two years at TLU, Rees was named the District's Coach of the Year.
He was the assistant men's and women's golf coach at Arizona State University from 1994-1995, where the Lady Sun Devils claimed the 1995 national championship. He went to ASU after one year as an assistant for the men's team at Louisiana State University in 1993-94.