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June 16, 2014

Texans golfer gearing up to play for UTA

Aaron Guanlao joins the program after capping his Northwest career with a fifth-place showing in this year’s state meet.

Aaron Guanlao has been getting it done at Northwest High School for the last four years, and after finishing fifth at the state golf tournament this spring, he is headed to UTA to show what he can do for their golf program.

Coach Mark Wendel, who is retiring after 33 years of coaching, said the contributions Guanlao has made to the Texans program are immeasurable.

“He was captain of our team, and his leadership skills were incredible,” Wendel said. “His work ethic is probably the number one attribute that made him what he is. He led by example, and all of the players just kind of followed suit.”

Guanlao won a district and regional championship this season and finished fifth at the state tournament, and the Northwest graduate said he is pretty pleased with how the season unfolded for him.

“I was satisfied,” Guanlao said. “I was very happy. I wanted to have my best season my senior year, and to do as well as I did this season was very satisfying. Of course, I wanted to get first at state, but you can't win them all.”

Guanlao said he would like to be remembered as someone who lead by the example of his work ethic.

“I just wanted to provide leadership, and show the younger players that it takes a lot of hard work,” Guanlao said. “I just tried to show that putting in that work can really pay off.”

Guanlao qualified for the regional tournament all four years of high school and said this summer, he is going to continue to try to improve his game in all facets.

“I just want to get better all the way around,” Guanlao said. “There is not really a big weakness in my game, so I just want to continue to get better at every little thing.”

Wendel said he encouraged Guanlao to continue to work on his short game this summer and said he believes Guanlao is a good fit for UTA.

“I think he is going to be a factor right away,” Wendel said. “This year, he tied for first in district, won the regional tournament in Lubbock by three shots, which is probably considered the hardest region in the state, and he finished fifth in Austin, which made him first team all-state.

“A couple of weeks after the state tournament, he tried to Monday qualify for the Byron Nelson Tournament, the professional tournament, and missed it by one shot. So he's got plenty of game, and I think UTA is lucky to have him.”

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