NICEVILLE, Fla.(4/22/03) - For the second consecutive day the North Texas men's golf team blistered the course at the Bluewater Bay and Resort to extend their lead at the Sun Belt Conference Championship to 14 strokes after two rounds. The Mean Green fired a three-under par 285 powered by two rounds of 68 from Brad Besler and Zach Atkinson.
North Texas sits at 566, ten-under par after two rounds of play. The closest competition to North Texas is the Denver Pioneers who have a two round score of 580.
Besler is the overall leader at seven-under par 137 after he followed up his first round 69 with a tournament best 68 in the second round. Atkinson jumped to second place with his second round score of 68 and sits just two shots behind Besler for the tournament lead at five-under par 139.
Freddy Espericueta remains in the top 10 as he sits tied for eight place at two-over par after firing a second round 75. Thomas Kulcak and Brad Gibson are both in the top 20 as Kulcak fired a second round 78 to drop to 15th place and Gibson shot a second round 74 to climb to 17th place overall.
On the women's side Randi Gauthier and Andra Lancaster remain in the top five after the second round of play. Gauthier and Lancaster both fired a second round score of 75. Lancaster sits in fourth place with a two-round total of 148, just five shots off the lead. Gauthier is at 150 after two rounds and is alone in fifth place and only seven shots behind the leader Alena Sharp of New Mexico State.
As a team North Texas remains in fourth place after shooting a second round score of 313, one shot better than the first round. North Texas is only two shots behind Denver for third and six shots behind second place Arkansas-Little Rock. Defending champion New Mexico State is the overall leader after two rounds with a commanding 28 stroke lead heading into the final round.
The final round of the conference championship is tomorrow with play beginning at 8 a.m.
North Texas Scores
1 Brad Besler 69 68 137 -7
2 Zach Atkinson 71 68 139 -5
T8 Freddy Espericueta 71 75 146 +2
15 Thomas Kulcak 70 78 148 +4
T17 Brad Gibson 76 74 150 +6
4 Andra Lancaster 73 75 148 +4
5 Randi Gauthier 75 75 150 +6
27 Laura Rakel 83 81 164 +20
39 Kasey Hardin 89 82 171 +27
T40 Jaclyn Golden 83 90 173 +29