The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 7, 2002 Page: 5 of 8
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The Rambler February 7, 2002 5
University of Dallas
University of Dallas
Tennis teams serve up a new season
Couch Diego Benitez, a
graduate of Texas Wesleyan and a
tennis player, had his hands full
this season as the head coach of
two tennis teams.
The men's team consists of
six men. However, nine are
needed, and he hopes to he able
to fill all nine spots.
The team will play in the
American South Conference, the
ASC. Teams include schools
from Texas, Louisiana,
Oklahoma and Mississippi.
The team must play four
matches from schools within
their conference, and must play a
minimum of 10 matches to meet
the NCAA requirements.
Benitez said he feels that his
toughest competition will come
from outside the conference from
teams like Cameron University in
Golf team ranks 7th in nation
Texas Wesleyan go
ranked number seven ir
Much more is
expected out of the team
this season, and Coach
Kevin Millikan said he
is very excited about
getting the season start-
The team consists
of 12 players. Les
Ledingham, a senior, is
ranked sixth in the coun-
try for Division 11 golf
and has a 72.0 scoring average
which computes to even par.
Gabe Alcala, another senior,
has also played well for the team.
College golf is a team sport
so there is no one individual who
stands out more than the others.
When the score is added up it all
counts for the entire team.
Anthony Astorga, a junior
from Fort Worth, and Ryan Craig,
a sophomore, are the top four
players for the team.
They played every
spring and fall.
explained that he
plays five players in
If the top four
aren't playing up to
par, some one else
might be starting in
The other four players have
separated themselves from the
pack so the remaining eight have
to compete for the vacancy.
Texas Wesleyan's golf team
finished 2()th last year in NCAA
Division II golf. Last year
Ledingham and Astora, both won
tournaments. Millikan, a gradu-
ate of Wesleyan, also played golf
for the Rams. After graduation,
he remained at Wesleyan as assis-
tant coach for two years.
This year will be his third
year as head coach. He said that
golf has probably been around at
Wesleyan since 1940.
The number one school right
now is California State at
Wesleyan's main practice
field is the Academy at
Waterchase, just off 1-30. As far
as golf couses, the team uses
about 15 through the city, includ-
ing a few country clubs.
Millikan gives his old caoch
Bobby Cornet much credit for his
success at Wesleyan. The golf
team will begin play at the
Pfieffer Invitational on Feb. 25 at
the Pine Needles Golf Course, in
Southern Pines, N.C.
The baseball game against Howard Payne University, originally scheduled for
Feb. 5, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Rams' next home game
will be Feb. 16, against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
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Wesleyan tennis will be like
all other sports, playing in
Division III Most schools they
play against will also be Division
III with a few exceptions.
On the men's team, Alan
Biel, a senior, will be expected to
be a leader. Biel played for
Wesleyan last year and is the only
remaining player of last year's
team since all scholarship players
transfered to other schools.
He is from Fort Worth and
has quite a few years experience
playing tennis. He goes from
sixth man last year to the number
one man this season and is
expected to be a great leader for
the men's tennis team.
Biel also teaches at 'lexas
Christian University and the
United States Tennis junior clin-
The season starts for
Wesleyan this Saturday in Piano
at the Colin County Invitational
Benitez says that for this par-
ticular tournament he will be tak-
ing only nine players, five men
and four women. However, his
goal in the future will be to take
six each, men and women. The
season for. the leani will last all
the way through April.
Jennifer Barnes is expected
t.) lead the ladies, tennis team.
Barnes is a junior and was on
scholarship, but she decided to
stay at Wesleyan and compete.
Barnes also was one of the
main six players on last year's
team, so she is ready to play, and
is expected to be a great mentor
to up and coming players.
The Wesleyan tennis team
does not have scholarships, but
are welcoming walk-ons to try
out for the team.
All interested individuals
should contact Benitez at (817)
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Manning, Melanie. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 7, 2002, newspaper, February 7, 2002; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253267/m1/5/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.