NICEVILLE, Fla.(4/21/03)- The North Texas men's golf team opened up the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in style shooting a seven-under par 281 to hold a ten stroke lead after the first day of competition. The Mean Green had four players shoot under par in the first round paced by Brad Besler who fired a three-under par 69 to end the day tied for the lead.
The leader board is packed with North Texas golfers as the Mean Green have four of the top six after the first round of play. Thomas Kulcak shot an opening round two-under par 70 thanks in part to a 33 on the back nine to sit in third place. Zach Atkinson and Freddy Espericueta both shot opening rounds of one-under par 71 to sit tied for fourth place after the first day.
North Texas holds a ten stroke lead over their nearest competition, the Denver Pioneers who sit at 291 after the first day. The Mean Green are going after their first Sun Belt Conference Championship and their first conference title since 1999.
On the women's side true freshman Andra Lancaster had a sensational opening round of one-over par 73 to end the day just one shot behind the leader. Lancaster sits in second place alone while senior Randi Gauthier is very much in the hunt after an opening day 75 to put her tied for sixth place.
As a team North Texas shot a first round score of 314 to place them in fourth after the first day. Defending conference champion New Mexico State is the overall team leader with a first round score of 298.
The second round of play continues tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. from the Bluewater Bay Resort Golf Course.
North Texas Scores
T1 Brad Besler 35- 34 69
3 Thomas Kulcak 37- 33 70
T 4 Zach Atkinson 37- 34 71
T 4 Freddy Espericueta 34- 37 71
T 22 Brad Gibson 41- 35 76
T 2 Andra Lancaster 36- 37 73
T 6 Randi Gauthier 38- 37 75
T 26 Laura Rakel 39- 44 83
T 26 Jaclyn Golden 45- 38 83
T 41 Kasey Hardin 45- 44 89