Mean Green Tune Up For Sun Belt By Winning ASU Tournament

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/15/03) North Texas entered the Arkansas State Indian Golf Classic as the highest rated team among the field of 19 and showed why as the Mean Green won the tournament by nine strokes over second-place Arkansas State on Tuesday.

It was the Mean Green's second tournament championship under second-year head coach Jim Bob Jackson and the first since North Texas claimed first place  at the Lamar Cardinal Classic on Oct. 22-23, 2001.

"It was a good win for us and it comes at a very good time," said Jackson.

Led by the third-place finish of senior Freddy Espericueta and junior Zach Atkinson's top 20 finish, the Mean Green are now gearing up for next week's Sun Belt Conference championship April 21-23 in Niceville, Fla.

The Mean Green entered the final round tied with Arkansas-Little Rock atop the team leader board at 575, but what started out as a calm wind in the morning became an equalizer in the afternoon. High winds blew the Trojans out of contention and all the way to tie Louisiana State for fifth.

North Texas claimed a nine-stroke win, finishing with a three-round total of 11 over par 875, ahead of ASU at 884.

Espericueta's third-place finish was the result of his firing a final round of 73 to go with Monday's two-round scores of 70-70. It was his highest finish in a tournament this year and his best since placing tied for sixth in the opening tournament of the year at the Mean Green Invitational on Sept. 16-17, 2002.

For Atkinson, his tie for 17th place marked his fifth top 20 finish in the last six tournaments. Atkinson shot rounds of 70-72-78 for a final 220.

The lowest round of the day came from Oral Roberts’ Luke Scrymgeour, who shot a 68 on Tuesday. No other golfer posted a round in the 60’s after seven rounds in the 60’s were posted on Monday.

North Texas scores
3. Freddy Espericueta: 70-70-73 -- 213
T17. Zach Atkinson: 70-72-78 -- 220
T21. Brad Besler: 71-76-74 -- 221
T43. Thomas Kulcak: 75-71-81 -- 227
T71. Brad Gibson: 76-82-75 -- 233

Other North Texas score
T82. Jason Lindgren: 79-79-81 -- 239

Final School Scores
1 North Texas, U. of 286 289 300 875 +11
2 Arkansas State U. 292 296 296 884 +20
3 Nebraska, U. of 293 292 301 886 +22
4 Iowa State Univ. 287 301 299 887 +23
5 Louisiana State U. 296 295 297 888 +24
Arkansas-Little Rock 285 290 313 888 +24
7 Missouri, U. of 295 294 300 889 +25
Rice University 292 296 301 889 +25
9 South Alabama, U. of 291 298 301 890 +26
10 Louisville, U. of 295 289 312 896 +32
11 So. Florida, U. of 297 296 307 900 +36
12 Oral Roberts Univ. 294 308 299 901 +37
13 Southern Mississippi 295 302 308 905 +41
14 SW Missouri St. U. 296 310 302 908 +44
15 Tulane University 298 300 312 910 +46
16 Middle Tennessee St. 303 307 305 915 +51
17 Northern Iowa, U. of 307 306 305 918 +54
18 Illinois State U. 309 306 311 926 +62
19 Louisiana Tech Univ. 299 317 321 937 +73


 

 

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