Mean Green In The Hunt For Spot In The NCAA Finals
NT Tied For Seventh Place, Only Three Shots Back Headed To The Final Round
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- In sports sometimes all you need is a chance, and the North Texas men's golf team has given itself that chance. The Mean Green is tied for seventh place after the second round of the NCAA Regional tournament, but trails No. 20 Oklahoma State by only three strokes headed into the crucial final round.
North Texas posted a score of 2-over par and is locked in a tie with Ohio State, but the real battle lays with the three other teams fighting it out for the final spot into the NCAA Finals. OSU is currently holds down the fifth and final spot at 10-over par, Iowa is one stroke back at 11-over par, then North Texas and Ohio State at 13-over par.
No. 32 San Diego State and No. 5 Vanderbilt have a little breathing room as they are tied for third place at 7-over par, but the final round has four teams separated by only three shots. A trio of players paced North Texas, Juan Munoz, Jason Roets and Alejandro Villasana each shot an even-par score of 70.
Roets had three birdies on the day and is tied for 17th place, while Munoz is tied for 21st place. Villasana turned in one of his best rounds of the year at the perfect time as he is tied for 50th place. Michael Cotton shot a 2-over par 72, but had the shot of the day with an eagle from 100-yards out on the par-4 fourth hole.
Cory Churchman had the roughest afternoon at 8-over par and he is tied for 58th place. The Mean Green has a chance to advance to the NCAA Finals for the first time in the modern era if they can finish in the top-five.
The final round begins Saturday morning and live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.