They may not tee off for another year, but the women's golf program at UTA has already started to write its history.
Coach Stuart Deane has recruited Allison Wade and Rachel Phillips as the program's first-ever signees. The Lady Mavericks begin play in 2017-18 and the pair will redshirt their first year at UTA.
"When I met both Allison and Rachel, the thing that impressed me was their work ethic," Deane says. "They both have great golf games, and the fact that they were willing to come and redshirt their first year to get settled in the UTA way of life gives me a year to work on their game."
Phillips joins UTA after spending two seasons at McLennan Community College. She has competed on numerous tours, including the USGA Qualifiers, Women's Texas Golf Association, Texas Collegiate Amateur Tour, Collegiate Players Tour, and Northern Texas Junior PGA, where she became a champion in 2014.
"When we start out in 2017 in our first event, they'll both be leaders of the team," Deane says. "They will have been here, and as we fill a team with new recruits, they can set the standards for the golf program."
Wade, an Arlington Martin High School grad, is familiar with UTA and felt comfortable with the area, Deane, and the University itself. In her three-year career, she has already been accepted into the International Junior Golf Academy Training Camp and was named the individual champion in her district tournament in April.
"It feels amazing to be able to start a program that's going to be here for a long time," she says. "You don't get this opportunity very often, so I'm really excited."