MOBILE, Ala. - The UTA women's golf team concluded its historic first-ever tournament today with an eighth place showing, while freshman Ava Schwienteck set the bar high with a tie for fifth place at the USA Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.
The Mavericks registered team scores of 302-300-302 for a 40-over par 904 to finish 14 strokes ahead of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and 21 in front of Samford. UTA also finished ahead of programs from Alabama State, Lipscomb and West Florida.
Tulane claimed the team title with a 7-under par 857, finishing 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Lamar University. Host South Alabama finished tied for third with UAB at 13-over with Troy, Western Kentucky and McNeese rounding out the top seven.
"I thought our team played fantastic this weekend, considering it was the program's first tournament and we had some nerves early," said UTA director of golf Stuart Deane. "Everyone played pretty consistent and we know what we need to do to improve. We now have a tournament under our belt and can go out and make progress from this point forward."
Schwienteck (Magnolia, Texas) turned in an eye-opening 3-under par in today's final round to finish the 36th hole event with a 2-under par 214. One of four true freshman on UTA's inaugural team, she turned in rounds of 73-72-69 for a 2-under par 214 to finish tied for fifth place in the 74-golfer field.
The 2016 Texas Class 5A state champion posted the field's second-lowest score of the final day and, over the three rounds, registered the second-lowest par 4 scoring average (3.97). Her 11 birdies tied for the third-highest total among golfers in the event.
"Ava played awesome throughout the entire tournament," said Deane. "She started a bit wobbly on the first day, but got better and better as the tournament went on. She showed she is capable of posting low scores and she has the confidence needed to be successful. Like many on the team, she had success in her junior golf career and has strong personal belief and a real lack of fear."
Lamar sophomore Eva Martinez-Calavia carded rounds of 72-66-69 for an impressive 9-under par 207. The Armstrong State sophomore transfer finished five strokes ahead of Western Kentucky sophomore Mary Joiner's 4-under par.
UTA redshirt freshman Allison Wade (Arlington, Texas) posted rounds of 74-75-77 to finish in a tie for 31st overall with a 10-over par 226. She registered the program's first-ever eagle when she holed out from the fairway on No 3, a 317-yard par 4.
Madigan Murray (McKinney, Texas) finished in a tie for 44th with a 15-over par 231. She rebounded from a difficult first day to post scores of 81-74-76 as the team's third-highest finisher.
Sydney Garber (Rockwall, Texas), playing as an individual, finished in sole possession of 52nd place at 19-over par. She turned in rounds of 80-76-79 to finish two strokes ahead of teammates Kate Tran (Arlington, Texas) and Rachel Phillips (Plano, Texas).
Tran posted rounds of 78-79-80, while Phillips went 77-80-80 for the tournament. Both golfers finished in a tie for 55th place at 21-over par.
The Mavericks return to action Sept. 25-26 at the ORU Shootout at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Designed by golf course architect Press Maxwell and re-designed in 1997 by Jay and Carter Morrish, the course has played host to numerous state and regional championships including the 2011 Oklahoma State Amateur and the 2016 Oklahoma Senior Stroke Play Championship.
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