GUADALAJARA, Mexico The North Texas men’s golf team finished the final day of the Club de Golf Santa Anita North Texas Classic in the same place it began the day sixth. The Mean Green shot a team score of 299 on the final day, to finish with a three-round score of 892 (300, 293, 299). The University of Houston won the tournament with a team score of 865.
Senior Andreas Kali led North Texas with a three-round score of 218, which tied him for 11th place overall. Kali shot a final-round score of 2-over-par 74, which dropped him from the 10th place finish he had after the first day. Kali’s three-round score was only one stroke off his personal best at North Texas.
“I thought the team played well for the first tournament of the season,” head coach Jim Bob Jackson said. “This course required very accurate shots and it penalized the players who were too aggressive.”
North Texas sophomore Austin Welch had his best round of the tournament Monday, firing an even-par 72 to finish with a three-round score of 225. Welch had the team’s low score on Monday. Senior Jason Lindgren shot a 76 on the final round, followed by Raul Lemus and Anthony Broussard who both shot 77.
“Some of our guys were having a hard time reading the speed of the greens,” Jackson said. “With the weather as dry as it has been in Texas, they were used to very fast greens and they came up a little short on a lot of putts.”
Pablo Acuna of Houston was the medalist of the tournament, shooting a final-round 68 to finish with a 210. Jorge Campillo of Indiana also shot a 68 Monday finishing the tournament one stroke behind Acuna with a total of 211. As a team, Indiana also finished in second place with a score of 868.
North Texas hosted 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 prior to the tournament, teaching fundamentals to more-than 30 kids from the ages of 5-16.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for our kids to experience a unique culture while also bringing some exposure to the University of North Texas and the game of Golf to the people of Guadalajara,” Jackson said. “We are tremendously thankful for the terrific hospitality that the people of Club de Golf Santa Anita have shown all of the participants during our stay.”
The Mean Green returns to action Feb. 27-28 at The All-American tournament in Houston.