LAKESIDE, Cal. - It was a red-hot start to the Barona Collegiate Cup for the No. 37 North Texas men's golf team as four players shot in the 60's and the Mean Green is tied for third place midway through the second round. Play was suspended late in the second round due to darkness.
North Texas shot a season-low 16-under par in the first round and sits at 13-under par, tied for third place with No. 10 USC, but in front of No. 38 TCU by six strokes and No. 9 Georgia Tech by 11 shots. San Diego State leads the field at 23-under par, followed by No. 26 Kent State at 14-under, then the Mean Green and Trojans just one stroke back.
North Texas is looking for its third and possibly fourth win over a top-25 team this season in USC and Georgia Tech. In addition the Mean Green has sizeable leads over No. 34 St. Mary's by 13 and No. 41 Illinois by 24 strokes.
North Texas has four players in the top-20 led by Ty Spinella and Rodolfo Cazaubon who are tied for eighth place at 5-under par. Spinella carded a season-low 6-under par 66 in the opening round, which is also a season-low for an individual this season for North Texas.
Spinella scorched the course with a flawless round, posting 12 pars and six birdies. He is 1-over through 16 holes on his second round with but has three birdies in his last five holes before play was stopped.
Cazaubon shot a 4-under 68 in his first round that saw him card seven birdies in a stretch of 13 holes. He is 1-under in his second round with three holes left to play.
Curtis Donahoe and Marco Scarola also were in the red figures in the opening round at 3-under par 69. Both scores are season-lows for Donahoe and Scarola. Donahoe was 1-over par after nine holes, but closed at 4-under to shoot the opening round of 69. He has been steady in his second round at 1-over par with three holes left but 2-under for the tournament.
Scarola was more adventurous in his first round as he was 4-under at one point, but dropped back with three straight bogeys before ending with a couple of birdies to post a 69. He is 1-over par with three holes to play in the second round.
Carlos Ortiz is 1-over for the day after an even-par round of 72 in the first round. He is 1-over in the second round with two holes to play, tied for 37th place.
Jason Roets was 4-over par in the first round and is 4-over par through 15 holes of the second round. The field had an opening round opportunity with a shorter course and favorable pin placements, but the second round saw the course lengthened by more than 300 yards and the pin placements more difficult.
The teams will finish out the second round tomorrow morning before beginning the final round. Live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com