Golf tees it up at Fighting Irish Classic
Oct. 2, 2009
Arlington, Texas - Fresh off a second place finish at their own UTA/Waterchase Invitational, the UT Arlington golf team is back in action with their first-ever visit to the campus of Notre Dame.
The Mavericks are playing in the fourth annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic which will take place Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6 at the Warren Golf Course on the Notre Dame campus. The course will play to a par of 70 and 7,023 yards.
After a disappointing tie for 11th in their first tournament of the year at the end of August, the Mavericks regrouped for that second place finish two weeks ago. They narrowly lost the tournament as Rice edged UTA by two strokes to claim the title.
"We played better at the Waterchase and we had a chance to win but didn't get it done," UTA head coach Jay Rees said. "There was improvement from all of the players from the first tournament but we still need to keep getting better every tournament we play."
The Mavericks will have a slightly different look this tournament as four of the five players from the Waterchase will tee it up again in northern Indiana. Zack Fischer, Bobby Massa, Hunter Brown and Bryce Easton will be joined by Donald Dowie who is replacing Michael Van deVenter who is out with a hamstring injury.
"The first team did well enough to get back in there this week," Rees said. "It's unfortunate that Michael is out but Donald played well in the Waterchase and had the next best score."
This tournament also features the opportunity for the team to see the Notre Dame-Washington football game Saturday.
"I think that is something everyone is looking forward to," Rees said. "That's a great perk of this tournament.
Besides the Mavericks and host Irish, other teams playing the tournament (with their current Golfweek rankings in parentheses) include: Arkansas (20), BYU (23), Cincinnati (123), Colorado (102), Georgetown (169), Houston (100), Iowa (32), Lamar, Miami (OH) (109), Missouri (76), Ohio State (67), San Francisco (112) and Saint Mary's (CA). The Mavericks are 74th in the latest rankings and Notre Dame is 56th.