ARLINGTON, Texas -- After competing in the program's first-ever tournament just less than a week ago, the UTA women's golf team returns to competition Monday when it opens play at the ORU Shootout, presented by Mark Allen Auto Group, at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The 17-team field includes programs from Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, ULM, McLennan CC, McNeese, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, host Oral Roberts, Oklahoma Christian, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, UTEP, Utah Valley and Wichita State.
The teams are scheduled to begin play Monday at the 6,013 yard, par 71 Meadowbrook CC golf course with the first of two rounds beginning with an 8 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start. The tournament concludes Tuesday with a final round that also begins at 8 a.m. The low four individual scores count toward the team's score for each round.
For the tournament's first 36 holes, UTA is paired with golfers from Sun Belt Conference rival Arkansas State and former Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin.
As is expected the entire season, UTA will be represented with a lineup consisting of its entire 6-person roster. With most tournaments counting the four low scores among five designated golfers, one UTA golfer per tournament will be entered as an individual with her score not counting toward the team's totals.
UTA roster consists of Sydney Garber (Rockwall), Madigan Murray (McKinney), Rachel Phillips (Plano), Ava Schwienteck (Magnolia), Kate Tran (Arlington) and Allison Wade (Arlington). Phillips will compete as an individual.
The UTA women's golf program opened its inaugural season with an eighth place finish earlier this week at the USA Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala. Freshman Schwienteck led the team with a tie for fifth place at 2-under par.
"We were really pleased with both our team result and the way the ladies played in their first ever college tournament," said UTA director of golf Stuart Deane. "I was very happy with each player's consistency. They all coped with adversity in different ways and I think they were a little more nervous than they anticipated.
"We have only had one tournament, which provides a snapshot of what each person is capable of. But, we can't jump to any quick conclusions. We did the analysis of each golfer's performance to see what types of trends we might start seeing and address that with each person. Once we get through two or three events, I think we'll start to see if there are any issues we need to address."
Labeled as Tulsa's "Friendliest Private Club," Meadowbrook Country Club was designed by golf course architect Press Maxell and redesigned by Jay and Carter Morrish in 1997. The course features thick stands of mature trees with gently rolling fairways, manicured greenbs and picturesque water features. Meadowbrook served as the host to the 2011 Oklahoma State Men's Amateur and the 2016 Oklahoma Senior Men's Stroke Play Championship.
Lamar University enters this week's event as the defending team champion, taking home last season's title by 13 strokes over host Oral Roberts. A pair of Cardinals also claimed a tie for medalist honors at 8-over par.
Following the ORU Shootout, the UTA women's golf team has a short turnaround as they travel to Palm Desert, Calif. for the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Classic Club. The team concludes its fall schedule with a pair of tournaments in Arkansas, the Fred Marx Invitational on Oct. 16-17 in Little Rock and the Little Rock Women's Golf Classic on Oct. 29-31 in Hot Springs Village.
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