Mean Green In Fifth After First Round Against Nation's Best
Cotton Leads Late Charge For North Texas In John Hayt Invite
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Facing off against the deepest and perhaps the most talented field of the year, the North Texas men’s golf team is off to a good start after an opening round of 302 at the John Hayt Invitational.
The Mean Green, ranked No. 70 in the nation, is fifth in place in a field that features eight teams ranked in the top-50 in the country. NT leads five of the top-50 teams after the first day..
Sophomore Michael Cotton led the late round surge for the Mean Green as he is in eighth place after a 1-over par 73.
Cotton finished with two straight birdies and played the back nine holes at 2-under par. He had six birdies on his round.
Cory Churchman is tied for 18th place after a round of 3-over par 75. He was 2-under par after eight holes, but fell off the pace as he was 4-over par on the back nine holes.
The field is tightly packed with North Texas in front of No 23 UCLA by one stroke. The Mean Green is also in front of No. 38 UAB, No. 43 East Carolina, No. 48 Liberty and No. 50 Tennessee.
No. 37 North Florida has the early clubhouse lead at 5-over par, taking a six stroke lead over Jacksonville into the second round. The second round begins Saturday morning and live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.