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GOLFERS CRACK TOP-20 POLL

Michael van de Venter tees off during play at the UT Arlington Fall Classic, Oct. 1, 2007, at Waterchase Golf Club.
 
Michael van de Venter tees off during play at the UT Arlington Fall Classic, Oct. 1, 2007, at Waterchase Golf Club.
 

Oct. 3, 2007

A day after winning their own UT Arlington Fall Classic, men's head golf coach Jay Rees received the news he had been waiting for since taking over the Maverick golf program nine years ago - his team is ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

The men's golf program is ranked 20th according to a poll released by golfstat.com through tournament of October 3. The ranking is the highest in program history. Previously, the highest ranking was when the Mavs were ranked 25th in the nation March 26, 1999 in the Mastercard collegiate golf rankings.

"The last two weeks have been special for me," said Rees. "I would compare this to winning the conference championship three years ago and going to the NCAA. In my wildest dreams I never thought I'd see the day we would be ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

"I am very blessed with quality guys who have made sacrifices and want this to be a great golf team."

The Mavericks have won their past two tournaments - sharing the Texas Cup title with New Orleans and the Fall Classic with a 22-stroke win over Central Oklahoma. The margin of victory is the third largest in school history as UT Arlington set a school record with a 54-hole score of 851, eclipsing the old mark by three strokes.

UTA will compete at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate Tournament, Oct. 15-16, in Choudrant, La.

 

 

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