SAN ANTONIO, Texas. - It took just one round to shake off the rust as the North Texas men's golf team fired a second round of 289 and sits just six shots off the lead after the first two rounds of UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. Battling a top notch field that features four teams in the top 50 rankings, the Mean Green is alone in sixth place, one shot behind Iowa State, two behind Baylor, and six off the lead shared by Southeastern Louisiana and Texas Tech.
The 289 was the second best score of the day turned in by the field of 15 teams.
North Texas opened the spring season with four true freshman as Carlos Ortiz led the way. Ortiz shot a two-round score of 4-over par after rounds of 74 and 72 as he is tied for 14th place.
Rodolfo Cazaboun had one of the more adventurous 36 holes of the day as he shot an opening round of 77 but rebounded with a 1-under par 70. Cazaboun had a team-high six birdies in the second round.
The most intriguing rounds of the day were turned in by newcomer Marco Scarola. The big-hitting freshman, playing his first two rounds at the Division-I level, shot a 73 and a 74 and is tied for 22nd place after two rounds.
Dustin Thompson shot back-to-back rounds of 75 to fire a 150 while Curtis Donahoe shot a two-round score of 152 after a second round of 73.
As a team the Mean Green opened with a 299 but cut 10 strokes off that score in the second round with a 289 to shoot a 588. Texas Tech and Southeastern Louisiana posted two-round scores of 582. The Mean Green is in front of 50th ranked Wichita State after two rounds by six shots, along with Oklahoma, and host school UTSA.
The final round begins tomorrow morning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.