Espericueta Paces Golfers At Louisiana Classic

LAFAYETTE, La. (3/11/03) -- Senior Freddy Espericueta stood at two-under par after the opening two rounds of the Louisiana Classic here Monday to lead the way as the North Texas men's golf team was in fifth place heading into Tuesday's final round.

Espericueta fired rounds of 72-70 in Monday's action at the par 72 Oakbourne Country Club and was among eight players tied for sixth place individually. As a team, the Mean Green finished with a two-round total of 586, which was 10 strokes over par and 18 strokes behind overall leader SMU (568). North Texas is just one stroke behind fourth-place Southern Mississippi.

Also in the top 20 individuals for North Texas was junior Thomas Kulcak, who ended Monday's first day of play with rounds of 76-69 for a 145 total.

Louisiana Classic
Lafayette, La.
Team Scores

1. SMU 281-287--568
2. Tulsa 295-277--572
3. Texas A&M 290-284--574
4. Southern Mississippi  291-294--585
5. NORTH TEXAS 299-287--586
6. Missouri 300-288--588
    Texas Tech 296-292--588
    Louisiana State 306-282--588
9. Louisiana-Lafayette 292-297--589
   Baylor 297-292--589
11. Texas-San Antonio 291-299--590
12. Kansas State 296-296--592
13. Rice 300-296--596
14. Colorado 303-295--598
15. Kansas 307-293--600

North Texas scores
T6. Freddy Espericueta (72-70--142)
T20. Thomas Kulcak (76-69--145)
T28. Brad Gibson (76-71--147)
T65. Brad Besler (76-77--153)
T74. Zach Atkinson (75-81--156)



North Texas Mean Green