CARROLLTON, Texas – Paul Gonzalez
recorded the best finish of his young career with a tie for 6th place at the Maridoe Intercollegiate, leading the UT Arlington men's golf team in the final round of the inaugural event Monday at Maridoe Golf Club.
The sophomore signed for a final-round 73 to post a 54-hole 217 total (+7) on the extremely-challenging par-70 layout which yielded a winning score of +4 from Texas A&M's Walker Lee. Gonzalez paced UTA each day as the Mavericks closed out the tournament in 13th place after a 301 final round as part of a 915 total.
SMU ran away with the team title with an 861 total, finishing 14 shots clear of 2nd-place Texas A&M at 875.
finished 2nd in the Mavs' lineup with a 231 total after a final-round 74. Just one stroke behind him on the day and also for the tournament was Caleb Hicks
(75, 232). Zakary Jones
signed for a 79 on Monday as part of a 238 total, while Tanner Gore
finished with an 84 and a 245 total.
Play was delayed by approximately three hours from just after 3 p.m. local time to 6:15 p.m. due to lightning. That stoppage occurred with just two groups remaining on the course, including Gonzalez – who at the time was just two strokes out of 1st place. However, upon returning to the course, he had three holes to play and made an unfortunately bogey on the par-3 8th to knock him out of medalist contention.
However, the tie for 6th is still the best finish of the sophomore's career, surpassing an 8th-place showing last year at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate.
The Mavericks will now have a week break from competitive action – their only week off in a five-week stretch – before returning to the course at the Little Rock Invitational Oct. 22-23.