HOUSTON, Texas (4/21/09) – The North Texas men’s golf team climbed three spots and is a three way tie for fourth place after shooting a combined 288 during Tuesday’s play at the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship.
Senior Clarke Kincaid led the charge by shooting a one-under par 72 and is now tied for fifth for the overall lead, three shots by Denver leader Espen Kofstad (-4). North Texas also received a brilliant performance from senior Harris Graham, who shot an even par 72. He is now tied with teammate Nathan Sheen with a 147 and 13th place.
Freshman Ben Hargis (72) and junior Dustin Thompson (74) also improved upon their first day scores to help lead the Mean Green into contention for Wednesday’s pivotal action.
“We had our best round of the spring,” North Texas men’s head coach Brad Stracke said. “Anytime you can play the way we did today on a firm and fast course like this one you’ve had a good day. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and play good and win a championship.”
North Texas will enter play tomorrow trailing first place Middle Tennessee (582) and Denver (582) by three strokes. South Alabama sits alone in third place with a 584.
On the women’s side the Mean Green rebounded on the second day by posting a 302, 16 strokes better than day one and tied for the day’s third best score, to move into seventh place overall with a two day score of 620.
Freshman Addison Long recorded the best round of the day and tournament for North Texas with an even-par 72, climbing into a tie for 16th place. She trails teammate Maggie Noel, who after a first-day score of three-over 75 on Monday, responded with a 73 on Tuesday to remain tied for eighth.
Jordan Rose (159), Janna Golden (161) and Kelsie Gray (166) rounded out the lineup for the Mean Green after Tuesday’s play.
"This is our low round of the year and it couldn't come at a better time,” North Texas women’s head coach Jeff Mitchell said. “This shows our potential and it gives us some much needed energy and enthusiasm. Hard work does pay off."
Denver continues to lead the women’s championship, increasing its lead to 16 strokes after firing a four-under par 72 on Tuesday.
The third round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.