ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UT Arlington men's golf team returns to action Monday for the first two rounds of the 24th annual Little Rock Invitational at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.
The 10-team field is scheduled to begin the first of Monday's two rounds with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (CDT). A final round will take place Tuesday at the same start time. Each team will compete in the 54-hole event with five golfers with the low four scores each round counting toward the team's total.
The Little Rock Invitational features golf programs from Arkansas State, Bradley, Central Arkansas, Dayton, Houston Baptist, Illinois State, host Little Rock, Oklahoma (individuals only), Seton Hall and Stephen F. Austin.
UTA will be represented by a lineup featuring grad transfer Nick Thornton (Boerne), freshman Paul Gonzalez (Waxahachie), senior Aaron Guanlao (Haslet), junior Tanner Gore (El Paso) and senior Jake Greenspoon (Houston). Junior Camilo Avila will also participate in the Little Rock Invitational as an individual. His scores will not count toward the team totals, but he will be eligible to place in the medalist competition.
The tournament began in 1994 with Oral Roberts taking both the team medalist (Paul Friedlander) titles in the inaugural event. Since that time, the host Trojans have claimed seven team championships, including last year's event that saw Little Rock's Zach Coats claim individual honors.
UTA won the 1998 event with the seventh lowest score in the tournament's 23-year history.
Chenal Country Club is configured at par 72 and 7,326 yards for the tournament. The club was founded in 1990 and features a pair of golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. - the Founders Course and the Bear Den Course. Both courses are described as imaginatively conceived, dramatically beautiful and extraordinarily challenging.
Jones, the creator of more than 125 of the world's best courses, including Monterey and Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif., preserved the integrity of the rolling, wooded terrain of western Little Rock while developing two majestic courses. The Zoysia fairways offer an exceptional lie and the Bentgrass greens present the highest putting surface available.
Following the Little Rock Invitational, UTA will conclude its fall season Nov. 6-8 at the Saint Mary's Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. The Mavericks will open their spring season on Feb. 16-18 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif. The annual Sun Belt Conference Championship is scheduled for April 22-24 at Raven Golf Club in Miramar, Fla.
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