PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (4/19/06) The North Texas men’s golf comeback bid fell short on the second playoff hole, as both the men and women took second place at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
In fourth place by 12 strokes heading into the final round at the PGA Village, the Mean Green men fired off the day’s low round of 291, sending the team into a three-way playoff with Western Kentucky and South Alabama.
Led by All-Sun Belt golfer Austin Welch, the Mean Green survived the first playoff hole, but overall champion Brett Long of Western Kentucky sank a 25-foot put on the second playoff to give the Hilltoppers the title.
Welch led the charge for the Mean Green by shooting the day’s low round of 71, finishing tied for third place at two under par for the tournament. The sophomore, who finished three strokes behind Long, earned his first all-conference nod.
The rest of the Mean Green weren’t far behind Welch, with each member of the team shooting a 75 or better on the final day. Anthony Broussard shot a final round 72 to finish the week at one over par. The sophomore finished tied for seventh place.
Andreas Kali slipped to 13th place after shooting a 75 on Wednesday. Tied for seventh after two rounds at minus one, the senior finished the tournament on a down note and ended at plus two.
Raul Lemus and Ben Smock each tied for 34th place after saving their best rounds for last in Port St. Lucie. Lemus, a sophomore, and Smock, a junior, both shot a final round 74.
The Mean Green women also managed a second place finish at the conference championships.
North Texas, which carried a two-shot lead into Wednesday, was edged out by Denver’s tournament-best final round of 295.
Andra Lancaster earned All-Sun Belt honors after finishing tied for fourth. The senior shot a final round 77, and ended the tournament at nine over par.
Tara Lambright also managed a top 10 finish after rallying for a third round score of 71. Lambright, a junior, finished tied for seventh place.
Halli Jo Richards and Jaclyn Golden earned 24th and 28th place respectively. Richards, a sophomore, finished 19-over par, while the senior finished 21 over.
Senior Brooke Tanner finished with her best round of 79, tied for 33rd place.