Golfers host UTA/Waterchase Invitational
Sept. 16, 2010
Arlington, Tex. - The UTA golf team begins its 2010-11 season as they host their only regular season tournament of the year at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational.
The annual tournament takes place next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 21 at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. The par 72 course will play to a yardage of 7,304 yards. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 holes Tuesday. Tee times start at 8 a.m. each day.
The Mavericks will have two teams in the tournament and joining UTA will be Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls, North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, Santa Clara, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, UT Pan American, UTSA, Texas Weselyan and Wichita State.
Rice is the defending champion of the tournament as they shot a team score of six-under 858 last year. Dustin Garza of Wichita State was the individual champion last year as he finished with an eight-under total of 280.
UTA head coach Jay Rees has some familiar faces heading into the season but some newcomers will also be seeing their first action as a Maverick at the tournament.
"We are still finishing our qualifying for this tournament," Rees said. "But there are going to be some newcomers in there next week along with some of our veterans." Senior Zack Fischer, who was a first team All-Southland Conference performer last year, is the top returnee for the Mavericks. Last year he led the team with a 72.50 stroke average.
Rees also welcomes back sophomore Hunter Brown, who posted the third best stroke average on the team at 74.61 and was an honorable mention all-conference selection last year.
Senior Wes Worster was the Southland's Newcomer of the Year last year after finishing with a 74.81 stroke average.
"These three are our top returnees," Rees added. "I'm looking for them to have a great year and help the younger guys out during the year." While this tournament is the only regular season appearance at home for the Mavericks, they will be hosting the Southland Conference Tournament on the same course in late April.
"Hosting the conference tournament makes this tournament even more important for us," Rees said. "We obviously want to get off to a good start, but we want to make sure we start preparing for the conference tournament on this course with this tournament."
Admission is free for everyone on both days at Waterchase.