SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (4/10/07) The North Texas men’s golf team saved its best for last. Powered by its best round of the season the Mean Green shot a 1-under par 279 in the final round of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in the final tune-up before the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Junior Cole Howard and Austin Welch both fired final rounds of 2-under par 68 to lead the Mean Green’s surge in the final round.
North Texas finished in seventh place in a field of 23 teams after firing the second best round of the day among the teams. The 68 posted by Howard is a career-low round for the junior.
“I like the way that we came out and really competed hard,” said North Texas head coach Jim Bob Jackson. “We starting to put some things together and I feel really good about our chances at the SBC Championship next week”.
Howard finished in a tie for fifth place after posting a 1-under par 209 for the tournament. He finished four shots behind the winner Louie Bishop from UC-Davis. Welch had his best round of the season in the third round and closed with a tournament score of 214.
Freshman Dustin Thompson posted a 2-over par 72 in the final round and shot a 218 overall. Junior Anthony Broussard struggled in the last round with a 77 but shot a 220 overall. Harris Graham had his best round of the tournament with a third round of 1-over par 71.
The Mean Green now turns its attention to the Sun Belt Conference Championship on April 16-18. North Texas is looking for redemption after losing in a three-way playoff last season at the SBC Championship. The tournament will be held at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.