ARLINGTON, Texas -- After taking a little more than two weeks off, the UT Arlington men’s golf team returns to action next week at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland.
Competition opens Monday with the first of consecutive rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start at 7,254-yard, par 72 Golfcrest Country Club. Golfers will start Tuesday’s final round off holes 1 and 10 beginning at 8 a.m.
The 15-team field includes programs from hosts Houston, Rice, Sam Houston State, as well as Abilene Christian, Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Lipscomb, Little Rock, Nebraska, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, UTA and UTSA.
UTA, which is ranked among the top 100 programs nationally in the most recent Golfstat ratings, will feature a lineup consisting of graduate transfer Nick Thornton (Boerne), Tanner Gore (El Paso), Aaron Guanlao (Haslet), Paul Gonzalez (Waxahachie) and Andrew Lindberg. The Bayou City Collegiate Classic will mark Lindberg’s Maverick debut at an “A” team event.
At last year’s Bayou City Collegiate Classic, Zach Galliford registered a final round 4-under par 68 to lead the Mavericks to a tie for runner-up honors with co-host Houston. At the time, the result equaled the best finish for a UTA men’s team team since claiming the Southland Conference championship in 2011.
The Mavericks surpassed that runner-up finish with a team victory earlier this season at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Opened in 1927, the original Golfcrest Country Club golf course measured only 6,000 yards. In 1932, Golfcrest became one of the first clubs in the nation to experiment with night golf when it installed floodlight on the front nine holes. However, the concept was discontinued in 1932 due to slow play.
The club purchased 200 acres of undeveloped land, 12 miles away in Pearland and sold the old club to Dallas-based Unit, Inc. in May 1969. Famed architect Joseph S. Finger built a new 6,900-yard layout that is much tougher than the original course. He moved 160,000 cubic yards of the sandy loam soil to create mounds on the fairways, elevated the greens and strategically fashioned lakes and ponds. The new course opened on January 2, 1971.
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