SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Facing some top flight competition to start the spring season, the North Texas men's golf team answered the challenge at the first day of the Oak Hills Invitational. The Mean Green, ranked No. 28 in the nation, is alone in second place after the first 36 holes, trailing only No. 20 Texas Tech for the top spot.
North Texas shot rounds of 8-under par 276 and 2-under par 282 in the second round to card a 36-hole score of 10-under par 558. North Texas is six shots ahead of both No. 40 Tulsa and No. 49 Oklahoma, while crushing No. 50 Baylor by 25 strokes.
All five players for North Texas are in the top-20 after 36 holes. Sophomore Ty Spinella blistered the course in the second round with a season-low round of 6-under par 65 and he is alone in sixth place. Spinella's 65 is the lowest round of the season for North Texas and the best round by a Mean Green player since Carlos Ortiz shot a 64 last season at the SBC Championship.
Spinella's second round featured four birdies, one eagle, 13 pars, and no bogey's. Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz are tied for ninth place at 1-under par after 36 holes. Cazaubon shot a 1-under par 70 in the first round and an even-par round of 71 in the second round. Ortiz posted a 3-under par round of 68 in the opening round for the Mean Green.
Marco Scarola and Josh Jones are both tied for 20th place at 1-over for the tournament. Jones had a 3-under par 68 in the first round while Scarola posted a 1-under par first round as well. Jones fell back a bit in the second round with a 75 and Scarola had a 73.
Freshman Peter Eiler, playing as an individual, shot a 75 and a 76 to post a 151 through 36 holes.
The Mean Green starts the final round out tomorrow eight shots behind Texas Tech, who leads the tournament with a score of 550.
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