NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The five-year drought is over and the North Texas men's golf team is back atop the leaderboard. Led by senior Peter Fallon the Mean Green captured the J. L. Lewis Intercollegiate title with a two-round score of 585 to win by seven strokes over 42nd ranked Rice.
The tournament was shorted to 36 holes due to weather.
Fallon captured the individual title with a 36-hole score of even-par 142 as he was two strokes better than UTA's Zack Fischer. The tournament title is the first for Fallon at the Division I level.
The championship is the first team tournament title for North Texas since 2005. The individual title by Fallon is the first championship by a player since the 2005 season.
Fallon raced out of the gates early on as he shot a 3-under par 68 in the first round. Fallon carded five birdies in his opening 18 holes. Carlos Ortiz finished in 11th place after an opening round of 1-under par 70. Ortiz had two birdies and one eagle in the opening round.
Fellow freshman Marco Scarola was one shot behind Ortiz with a 75 and 74. Scarola, who shot a 75 in his first round, recovered from a rare quadruple bogey with three birdies. He finished tied for 13th place.
Dustin Thompson recorded the fourth top 20 finish for the Mean Green as he shot a two-round score of 151. Thompson shot a second round of 3-over par 74 and notched three birdies in his second round of play.
Rodolfo Cazaboun bounced back after an opening round of 79 with a second round of 73. His two rounds featured seven birdies on the day.
North Texas returns to action on March 5-6 at the Border Olympics.