GOLFERS HEAD TO BAYLOR
Sept. 17, 2004
WACO, Texas - This Week: UTA tries to build off a second-place finish at the NIKE/Northwest Collegiate Classic when they compete at the 2004 Baylor University Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Bear Ridge Golf Club.
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.
Record-Breaking Numbers: UTA got off to a fast start in their season opener in Corvallis, Ore. The Maverick's second place finish was the best finish since winning the Beau Chene Classic on Feb. 20, 2002... UTA's second-round score of 283 tied for the ninth lowest round in program history... The 54-hole total of 859 ties for the fifth lowest score in school history, matching the score of the Long Beach Invitational in 2000 and the Northwest Collegiate Classic in 2001... Tyrone Mordt's 213 score ranks among the top 10 all-time tournament performances at UTA.
More Numbers: The UTA leads NCAA Division I in par-4 scoring with a 3.95 average after the opening week of play. The Mavericks eliminated mistakes last week with just four double bogeys during the tournament and averaged 2.80 bogeys per round. The 2.80 bogeys per round ranks fourth nationally. The score of 286 on the opening round was the seventh lowest score recorded the year, according to golfstat.com.
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.
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.