ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men’s golf team makes the only local appearance of its fall season next week when it participates in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
The tournament is scheduled to begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Monday. The 72-golfer field will play two rounds on Monday, followed by a single round on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8:15 a.m. Admission to the event is free to the public and live results will be available throughout the three rounds via Golfstat.com.
The 11-team field includes tournament host Baylor, Charlotte, Houston, Iowa, Kent State, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pepperdine, SMU and UT Arlington. Six golfers will compete for each team with the low five scores counting toward the team total each round.
Royal Oaks Country Club will be configured at 7,068 yards and par 71 for the tournament. The J. Press Maxwell, Don January and Billy Martindale design was carved out of thick forest and opened in 1969. It continues to receive acclaim as one of the classic traditional layouts in the Southwest.
Last year’s event was cancelled due to heavy rains that made the course unplayable. Oklahoma State won the 2014 tournament by one stroke over host Baylor with Oklahoma, Houston and New Mexico rounding out the top five.
UT Arlington finished in 10th place in its first appearance at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in 2013 and improved to an eighth place finish in 2014.
”Royal Oaks is a great golf course,” said Galliford, who registered a top 10 finish in the 2014, event with a 2-over par 215. “The course is similar to the one we played in Houston recently and it suits the way our team plays. Accuracy, both off the tee and in the fairway, will be important because the greens are tough and fast. Some of the pin placements can be in very difficult positions and there is not much room for error with approach shots.”
The Mavericks are coming off a second place finish two weeks ago at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland. UTA turned in the third lowest team score on the final day to surpass Rice and McNeese State in the team standings and finish in a tie for runner-up with co-host Houston.
Galliford registered the best finish of his collegiate career with a tie for runner-up honors with a 6-under par 210. The Borth, Wales native turned in the only score below 70 among the 75-golfer field on the final day.
Program enhancements, such as the team’s new indoor and outdoor practice facilities and clubhouse, appear to be paying off for second-year head coach Stuart Deane. Four of the five golfers who have played each of the team’s first two tournaments have significantly lowered their scoring average. Galliford and Aaron Guanlao have each posted a top 10 finish this season.
”There are a lot of factors that have helped our program continue to make positive strides forward,” said associate head coach Casey Devoll. “Our first-class practice facilities, the TrackMan swing analysis system, our practice styles and systems and the experience of our guys are all important to growing our program. The more we improve, the better our players perform and the more confident they become. We all feel good about the direction and the potential of our program.”
Following the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, the Mavericks will play their final tournament of the fall season Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark. The team will play six regular season tournaments during the spring, prior to the April 23-25 Sun Belt Championships in Miramar Beach, Fla.
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