PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Facing perhaps the deepest and most talented field of the season, the No. 33 North Texas men's golf team is tied for ninth place after the opening round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. The Mean Green shot an opening round of 5-over par 293 as the tournament features 11 teams ranked in the top-50 and six top-25 teams in the nation.
The field is tightly packed as North Texas is only three strokes away from No. 12 LSU in fourth place. Senior's Carlos Ortiz and Rodolfo Cazaubon are tied for 17th place after opening rounds of 1-under par 71. Both players had three birdies on the day
Marco Scarola had a 3-over par 75 as he posted four birdies in the opening round. Jason Roets was one stroke behind Scarola with a 4-over par 76. Curtis Donahoe shot a 78 in his first 18 holes of the tournament.
North Texas is tied for ninth place with No. 14 Arkansas, one shot behind No. 7 Florida, and one stroke ahead of No. 22 Tennessee.
No. 25 North Florida has the overall team lead after firing a 12-under par opening round. The second round continues tomorrow morning and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com