ORLANDO, Fla. - Freshman Carlos Ortiz didn't let any fatigue that might be setting in affect him in the final round as he fired a career-low round of 4-under par 68 and the North Texas men's golf team finished in third place at the Rio Pinar Invitational. The Mean Green, playing their sixth round of golf in the last five days, shot a final round of 289 to finish ahead of four Sun Belt Conference teams in a field of 18 teams.
North Texas has now finished in the top-5 in five of their last six tournaments.
Ortiz tied for the best round of the day at 4-under par as he shot up the leaderboard to post his second straight top 10 finish as he was tied for eighth. Ortiz carded an even-par score of 216 in three-rounds. It is only the second-time in his career that he has shot a round in the 60's.
Senior Dustin Thompson had a steady final round with a 2-over par 74 as he finished in 16th place. Freshman Rodolfo Cazaubon fell back a bit in his final round but still managed a top 25 finish with a third-round of 76. Cazaubon shot a 222 and was tied for 21st.
Senior Peter Fallon recovered nicely in the final round with a 1-under par 71 and shot a 220 to finish in a tie for 16th place with Thompson. Fallon was 3-under par in the final 36 holes of the tournament.
Ben Hargis shot a final round of 77 and posted a 232 in his three rounds.
North Texas has two weeks off to prepare for the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic on March 29-30.