LAKESIDE, Calif. - It was another final round surge for the No. 37 North Texas men's golf team but their bid to top two of the nation's highest ranked teams fell short in the final round of the Barona Collegiate Cup.
The Mean Green shot a 7-under-par final round and a score of 20-under par to finish in third place, just a few strokes behind No. 12 San Diego State and No. 10 USC.
The Aztecs won the team title at 29-under par, enough to hold off the Trojans and Mean Green who finished two and nine shots behind.
North Texas did beat five other ranked teams in the field, including No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 26 Kent State, No. 34 St. Mary's, No. 38 TCU, and No. 41 Illinois. It is the third top-25 win of the season for North Texas this season.
The final round was once again fueled by Ty Spinella who turned his second flawless round of the tournament. Spinella shot a 4-under par 68, and was bogey-less for the second time of the tournament. Spinella had four birdies and 14 pars on the day and finished in a tie for 9th place at 9-under par 207 for the tournament.
Rodolfo Cazaubon was just as good as Spinella with a 9-under par score after a third round of 3-under 69. Cazaubon had seven birdies on the afternoon and 18 birdies in all three rounds. It is the first top-10 finish for Spinella this season and the second for Cazaubon.
Marco Scarola was 1-over par for the day with a 73 but 2-under for the tournament as he notched a top-25 finish in 22nd place. It is the second best finish of Scarola's career.
Carlos Ortiz shot his best round of the tournament with a final round of 2-under par 70. Ortiz was nearly mistake free posting 13 pars, four birdies, and only a double bogey on the 18th hole held his score back. He finished in a tie for 31st place.
Curtis Donahoe and Jason Roets shot 73 and 74 on the afternoon. Donahoe finished tied with Ortiz for the tournament at even-par 216 while Roets was at 227 for his three rounds.
The top-5 finish for North Texas is the seventh in eight outings this season and the sixth straight dating back to the fall.
North Texas has one final tune-up before the Sun Belt Conference title as they play at the Woodlands All-American April 9-10.