Mean Green Men At Sun Belt Golf Championships

MeanGreenSports Coverage of the Sun Belt Men's Golf Championships

Follow The Mean Green At The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men's Golf Championships

Sun Belt Conference Golf ChampionshipsThe 2012 Sun Belt Conference Men's Golf Championships will take place April 23-25 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Fighting Joe course in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Denver looks to defend its title in its final year in the conference, but North Texas comes into the tournament off back-to-back second-place tournament finishes, seven straight top-five finishes and six victories over top-25 teams this year. The Mean Green is looking for its first conference title since 2003, and was runnerup to Denver in the Sun Belt Championships a year ago.


Steven Bartolotta is covering the event for and will provide news and updates throughout the three-day tournament. Links to stories, photos and blogs from The Shoals will be posted here.

And click here for live results from the Sun Belt Conference.


North Texas enters the Sun Belt Championships as the No. 26 team in the nation according to and No. 31 by, and will go with its fivesome of Rodolfo Cazaubon, Curtis Donahue, Carlos Ortiz, Jason Roets and Ty Spinella, who have been playing their best golf of the year leading up to the the conference tournament in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

They capped their spring with strong showing at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate tournament two weeks ago, finishing one stroke behind No. 10 Arkansas while besting No.14 Texas A&M, No. 19 Clemson, No. 27 Baylor and No. 44 SMU. The team's three-round score of 842 was the Mean Green's second lowest tournament score since 1998.


The site for this year's Sun Belt tournament is the par-72, 8,092-yard Fighting Joe, a links-style course on the Tennessee River and one of the longest courses in Alabama's famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The course boasts a pair of 600-yard par 5s, which are dwarfed by the 716-yard par-5 12th hole. 

For more on Fighting Joe, visit the course's website.


Links golf is the oldest style of golf course, and it stems from early courses built in Scotland on largely treeless areas near the coast, sandy ground with high salt content in its turf that was unsuited to either housing or farming.

In the United States, the term is often applied to long, predominantly treeless courses which typically feature lots of sand hazards, thick roughs, frequently windy conditions and uneven fairways and greens creating odd bounces. 


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