MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (4/21/08) The old adage of “slow and steady wins the race” is certainly holding form for the North Texas men’s golf team after the first round of the 2008 Sun Belt Golf Championship. The Mean Green had four players shoot even-par 72 in the opening round and North Texas is alone in third place with a 288 after the opening day of the championship.
“We played a consistent round today and I like where we are,” said coach Jim Bob Jackson. “It’s up to us to keep the pressure on Denver and Louisiana-Lafayette tomorrow and put ourselves in a position to win heading into the third round”.
Defending conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette is the clubhouse leader after the first day with an 8-under par 280. Denver is four shots ahead of North Texas and four strokes behind the Cajuns with a first round of 4-under 284.
The combination of Anthony Broussard, Cole Howard, Michael Lee and Austin Welch all shot even-par rounds of 72 and they are tied for 14th place after the first day. The four are five shots behind the individual leader Michael McGrady from Troy who posted a 5-under par round of 67. Ben Smock was the only North Texas player over-par on the day with a 3-over 75.
On the women’s side the Mean Green found it tough sledding on the opening day shooting a 322. North Texas is alone in 9th place while four-time defending conference champion Denver is running away from the field after the first day. The Pioneers were the only team to shoot an even-par round of 288 and are 17 shots ahead of its nearest competition after the first day.
Halli Richards had the best round of the day for North Texas with a 7-over par 79. Janna Golden and freshman Chandra Alexander posted rounds of 80 while Maggie Noel and Jordan Rose shot first round scores of 83.
The second round of the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship continues tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.