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Maverick Open

Annual event raises more than $50,000 for athletics

Maverick Open

UTA Athletics hosted its annual fundraising effort, the Maverick Open, in September at Texas Star Golf Course, bringing together a full field of golfers for an afternoon of fun and raising resources for scholarships and department enhancements. Presented by Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Arlington, the event raised more than $50,000 for the Maverick Club.

The field of 105 golfers teed off in the scramble format shortly after 1 p.m. on a sun- and fun-filled day at one of the Metroplex’s best courses. Golfers had the opportunity to win prizes and giveaways throughout the day, including a car courtesy of Carlisle Chevrolet.

“It was great to see and catch up with our alumni and former student-athletes who helped get us to this point,” says Jim Baker, director of athletics.

Central to the fundraising efforts is the Nancy Baker Memorial Women’s Golf Endowed Scholarship, which is named after Jim Baker’s late wife. The scholarship was established in 2015 to honor Nancy through an opportunity for a UTA student-athlete to obtain an education and follow her dreams.

The department has a goal to grow the endowment to $500,000, which will provide a full scholarship for a member of the women’s golf team. Please contact Alex Ware ( if you are interested in making a donation.

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