GUADALAJARA, Mexico The North Texas men’s golf team is in sixth place after the first day of the Club de Golf Santa Anita North Texas Classic. North Texas finished the day with a team score of 593 (300 and 293) which trails co-leaders University of Houston and Indiana University by 15 strokes heading into the final day. The 11-team field played 36 holes Sunday and will conclude with 18 Monday morning.
Senior Andreas Kali shot a three-under par 69 on his second 18 holes to help him record an even-par 144 for the two rounds and a tie for 10th place. Kali’s score tied his personal best at North Texas which he set at the Del Walker Intercollegiate tournament in 2005. He birdied five holes on his final round Sunday.
North Texas also received a solid round from sophomore Anthony Broussard, who shot a 3-over par 147 despite battling flu-like symptoms all day. Broussard shot a 74 in his first round, followed by a 73 on his final 18.
Hometown favorite and North Texas sophomore Raul Lemus tied for 28th overall, shooting 77, 75 for a two-round total of 152. Austin Welch (153) and Jason Lindgren (156) were the other North Texas finishers. Lemus was playing in front of several family members, many of which live on the Club de Golf Santa Anita. Lemus had the advantage of course familiarity, having played here since he was five years old.
The first two rounds were played in near-perfect weather, with very little wind, sunny skies and a temperature of 85 degrees. Michael Smith of Louisiana-Lafayette and Bobby Hutcherson of Texas State were the co-leaders in the clubhouse after the first day with identical scores of 139 (69 and 70). Houston had three golfers shoot 142, to finish in a four-way tie for third place with Santiago Quirarte of Indiana.
North Texas is hosting the tournament in association with the members of the Club de Golf Santa Anita to help promote the sport in Mexico. All 11 teams took part in holding a youth clinic Saturday, teaching fundamentals to more-than 30 kids from the ages of 5-16.