Feb. 24, 2014
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The retooled game of junior Jason Roets took another leap forward as he shot a career-low round of 7-under par 65 and the North Texas men's golf team shot up the leaderboard after two rounds of the John Hayt Invitational.
Roets caught fire and shot a bogey free second round with seven birdies to climb to third place while the Mean Green had the lowest round of the day in the second round at 10-under par as a team to move into fourth place.
After the first round was completed early in the morning due to weather delays on Sunday, North Texas was in ninth place at 11-over par. The Mean Green took advantage of the famed TPC Sawgrass course in the second round with their best score of the year at 278 and the lowest score of any team in the field in the two rounds of play.
North Texas roared past No. 27 Liberty and No. 47 Tennessee and trails only three teams ranked in the top-15 in the nation, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 6 UCF and No. 13 UAB heading into the final round.
The 65 by Roets is the lowest score by a Mean Green golfer since 2010. He got rolling in the second round with four straight birdies on Holes 2, 3, 4 and 5. He tacked on three more birdies to finish at 7-under par. The 65 came on the heels of an opening round of 73 and Roets is at 6-under par 138 for the tournament, three strokes off the lead.
Gonzalo Rubio is in the top-20 after two rounds of play at 1-over par 145. Rubio shaved five shots off his opening round score to 75 to post a 2-under par 70 in the second round to move into a tie for 20th place. Juan Munoz is tied for 36th place after an even-par round of 72 on the first 18 holes and then a 4-over par 76.
Freshman Andrew Hudson and Cory Churchman both rebounded nicely in the second round after first round struggles. Hudson shot an even-par score of 72 in the second round after a 79, while Churchman was 1-under par in the second round after a score of 85 in the first round.
The final round begins tomorrow morning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.