MG: Mavs headed to Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational

Paul McConnell began his collegiate career at Colorado.

Sept. 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington golf team continues its season in the Third Annual Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational, hosted by the University of Colorado on Monday and Tuesday.

The 14-team tournament will take place at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, which is located about 12 miles east of Boulder. The championship layout is a 7,741-yard, par-72 configuration, and the greens feature bent grass.

The Mavericks are coming off a second place finish at Kiawah Island Invitational. The five-man team competing at the Mark Simpson is made up of Paul McConnell, Hunter Brown, Brad Mason, Riley Fleming and Cameron Hollek. Josh Cole is competing as an individual.

McConnell began his collegiate career at Colorado before transferring to UT Arlington before the 2011-12 season.

"I feel chemistry-wise we're starting to come together," UTA coach Jay Rees said. "With this being where Paul started, I hope it brings back positive memories and motivates him to lead this team to a win.

"If we play well, we can win the tournament. We're going to try to work together to get to the top, play efficiently and eliminate mistakes. Hopefully it will lead a good week. I exited to see is improvement from Kiawah Island."

CNGC has hosted previous U.S. Amateur qualifiers, Colorado PGA Section championships, the 2011 NCAA Colorado Men's Regional and the 2012 NCAA Women's West Regional.

Afternoon practice rounds are Sunday. Monday includes 36 holes of continuous play (foursomes) with a shotgun format start at 8:15 a.m. (MDT). Tuesday is 18 holes in a staggered shotgun format at 8 a.m. (top four teams will play in five tee times off No. 1; rest in a shotgun).

The other participating schools are Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Gonzaga, Houston Baptist, Kansas, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Texas State, Utah and Wyoming.

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