SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Perhaps playing with four freshman brought out the best in Dustin Thompson. The senior fired a career-low round of 67 in the final round of the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational to lead the Mean Green to a fifth place finish. North Texas climbed the leaderboard one spot to fifth place and was only five shots behind the winner, 11th ranked Texas Tech.
North Texas was just two shots behind 41st ranked Baylor and three behind 49th ranked Southeastern Louisiana. The Mean Green shot a final round of 292 and finished ahead of 50th ranked Wichita State, Iowa State, and Oklahoma among others in the field of 15 teams.
Thompson's 4-under par round came on one of the cleanest rounds of golf as he posted four birdies, 14 pars, and had zero bogeys. It was the lowest round of golf by a North Texas player since November of 2008.
His round of 67 was the second lowest round turned in by any of the 81 players in the field during the three rounds. He finished in seventh place, only six shots behind the tournament champion. a
While Thompson blazed the course, the rest of the Mean Green followed close behind. Carlos Ortiz posted a final round of 74 and finished in 16th place with a 217. Marco Scarola shot a 75 and posted a 222 in his first three rounds of golf at the Division I level.
Rodolfo Cazaboun had two birdies on the final day but shot a 5-over par 76. Cazaboun was one shot behind Scarola with a 223. Curtis Donahoe struggled on the afternoon with an 82 and finished with a 234.
The Mean Green returns to action next week at the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate.