UNT Returns To Action In Arizona

Feb. 22, 2018

Omni Tucson National, Catalina Course | Tucson, Arizona

The North Texas men’s golf team looks to build on a strong showing in its spring season opener last week with a trip to Arizona to play in the N.I.T., a 54-hole tournament played over two days on Sunday and Monday. The tournament, which is hosted by Arizona, will be played on the Catalina course at Omni Tucson National.

THE EVENT: The Catalina course at Omni Tucson National is a 7,262-yard, par 72 course. The two-day tournament will see the teams play 36 holes on Sunday and 18 on Monday. Only the top four scores from each team count toward the team’s score for each round. Tee times both days will begin at 9 a.m. CST.

THE FIELD: There are 16 teams participating in the 2018 N.I.T.: No. 43 Arizona, No. 29 Arizona State, No. 21 Colorado State, Iowa State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Princeton, Rutgers, Sacramento State, No. 35 Santa Clara, San Diego, No. 46 UNLV, Utah, UTEP, Wyoming. The Mean Green are ranked No. 63 in the latest GolfStat poll.

REPRESENTING UNT: Competing for the Mean Green will be Ian Snyman, Thomas Rosenmueller, Jordan Sanders, Viktor Forslund and Vitek Novak. The tournament will mark Novak's first of the spring after the other four competitors opened their spring seasons last week.

RESULTS: Live results will be posted on Golfstat.com. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com at the end of each round.

LAST TIME OUT: North Texas finished in seventh place in a field that included five top-50 teams. Junior Thomas Rosenmueller got off to a scorching start at the All-American Intercollegiate in Humble, Texas, on Feb. 16, finishing the opening round in a tie for second place after going 5-under par in his first round of action. He ended up finishing the three-day, 54-hole event in a tie for 34th place in a stacked field. Junior Ian Snyman was the Mean Green’s best player of the weekend from start to finish, ending the tournament at 6-under par in a tie for 11th place, as the South Africa native finished the three-day event with a 69-71-70-210. Snyman had 12 birdies in the tournament.

C-USA'S BEST: Junior Ian Snyman was named the C-USA men's Golfer of the Week on Wednesday after his strong performance at the All-American Intercollegiate, when he shot a 6-under par 210 over the three days and finished in a tie for 11th place - never having a round above par.

SNYMAN TOP INTERNATIONAL: Snyman is one of UNT's five international players and is currently No. 16 in the Arnold Palmer Cup International rankings in advance of July's Arnold Palmer Cup, to be held at Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France. The event will pit the nation's top 12 college golfers from the United States against the nation's top 12 international collegiate golfers. The top six golfers receive automatic invites to the International team. The remaining six spots will be between the winner of the R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections and a coach's selection. The next ranking will be released March 8, with teams being announced March 15, during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

STRACKE SAYS: "Heading into the N.I.T., we have had limited preparation due to the rainy weather," UNT head coach Brad Stracke said. "However, we are fortunate to have an indoor facility on campus to keep the guys' games sharp. We're looking forward to competing Sunday and Monday."

UP NEXT: North Texas will take a couple of weeks before getting back to action in the Bob Sutton Invitational on March 12-14. The event is hosted by Oral Roberts and will be played at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, the former home of the AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour.

HOME SWEET MARIDOE: North Texas has enjoyed its first year in its new home – the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton. The course opened to members in July and gives the Mean Green a state-of-the-art home course with world-class facilities, including a fully-dedicated practice facility, complete with a two-ended driving range to account for many varying wind conditions, a sprawling three-acre short game retreat and indoor facilities with state-of-the-art hitting bays that provide tools the program has not yet had at its disposal.



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