JONESBORO, Ark. (Ridge Point C.C.) (4/16/02) The North Texas men’s golf team shot a final-round 301 on Tuesday at the Arkansas State Indian Classic to wrap up the tournament with a combined three-round score of 889 and a fifth-place finish among 13 teams.
North Texas never could match its opening-round score of 291, slipping to 297 for the second round and 301 for the final round. The Mean Green’s top individual finisher, Brad Besler (Jr.; Blessing, Tex.), tied for eighth place with a score of 218 (76-70-72), but his scores didn’t count toward the team total since he was competing as an individual.
The five remaining North Texas golfers were led by Zach Atkinson (So.; Irving, Tex.), who finished tied for 11th place with a score of 219 (76-68-75). Atkinson’s 11th-place finish was the third best of his career.
Also finishing among the top 25 leaders for the Mean Green were Michael Pruitt (Sr.; Idalou, Tex.) and Thomas Kulcak (So.; Needville, Tex.). Pruitt claimed a tie for 19th place with a total score of 223 (70-77-76), while Kulcak finished tied for 24th place with a combined score of 224 (69-77-78). Pruitt, who didn’t finish his first five tournament’s better than tied for 31st place, has now finished the last three North Texas outings tied for 24th place or better. Competing in just his fourth tournament of the season, Kulcak shot a career-best 69 for the opening round.
Three of the top four finishers at the tournament were Sun Belt Conference schools. Arkansas State was crowned the tournament champion with an 869, South Alabama took second place with an 870 and Arkansas-Little Rock finished fourth with an 885. Missouri, which finished third (872), was the only school to finish in the top five that wasn’t a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
North Texas will be at the Sun Belt Golf Championships next week, April 22-24. The tournament will be played at the Bluewater Bay Golf Club in Niceville, Florida.
NORTH TEXAS FINAL RESULTS & STANDINGS
Place, Name (Round 1-Round 2Total)
5, North Texas (291-297-301889)
T8, *Brad Besler (76-70-72218)
T11, Zach Atkinson (76-68-75219)
T19, Michael Pruitt (70-77-76223)
T24, Thomas Kulcak (69-77-78224)
T36, Freddy Espericueta (76-78-73227)
T49, Brad Gibson (80-75-77232)
*Competed as an individual