A New Season And Era Begins For Mean Green Golf

DENTON, Texas (2/23/09) A new era in North Texas men’s golf begins today as the Mean Green open the Spring season a the All-American Classic in Houston. Head coach Brad Stacke is making his debut as he looks to build momentum for North Texas in his first season leading the Mean Green.

“Our goal for this spring season is to get better each day, strive for excellence and win championships,” said Stracke.   

Stracke arrives at North Texas with a championship background and pedigree and will have some of the best talent in the Sun Belt Conference to work with this spring. That talent produced one of the lowest rounds in recorded history at North Texas and two top five team finishes in the fall.

Three senior’s give the Mean Green a wealth of experience this season led by three-year letterwinner Harris Graham. He had the third lowest stroke average on the team in the fall this season and a fifth place finish at the Cobb/Ferrell Mean Green Classic.

Newcomer Clarke Kincaid has been an instant shot in the arm to the North Texas lineup as he fired the second lowest stroke average in the fall for the Mean Green. Kincaid had three top 25 finishes in the fall and was one of the most consistent and durable players for North Texas. He had his best round of the year in California at the Del Walker Intercollegiate with a five-under 67.

Nathan Sheen turned in perhaps the best fall season of all the Mean Green golfers with a team-low stroke average.  Sheen, who had previously played in only two tournaments, was a model of consistency for North Texas posting four top-25 finishes in the fall. He had a fourth place finish at the Kansas Invitational and three-rounds of under-par golf.

Junior Dustin Thompson is looking to return to his all-conference form of his freshman season. He struggled last season but with Stracke at the helm, Thompson is poised to return to the potent player he has shown he can be.

Lance Byars is another weapon at the disposal of Coach Stracke. The hardworking walk-on competed in three tournaments this fall and shot a season-low round of 71 at the Del Walker Intercollegiate.

The story of the fall for the Mean Green was the 18-holes played by sophomore Michael Lee at the Bill Cullum Invitational. Lee shot an 11-under par 62 in the second round at the tournament to break the Course and Tournament records for lowest round.

Lee’s round of 62 was the fourth lowest in the nation turned during the fall and the lowest documented score in school history. Lee had his best finish of the season at the tournament by taking 8th place.




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