Men's Golf Finishes Third At Sun Belt Championship

HOUSTON, Texas (4/22/09) – North Texas closed out play at the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship with both the men and women shooting tournament best scores and the men climbing up the standings to take third place and the women staying in seventh place.

“Our guys stepped up and had their best two rounds of the spring the last two days,” North Texas men’s head coach Brad Stracke said. “This will help the guys next year. We’ve got two guys returning in Dustin Thompson and Ben Hargis, both of which got great experience in this tournament. Hopefully they can build on this and take it towards next year and we can get this program headed in the right direction by winning tournaments and championships.”

The men posted a final round score of 288 and finished third overall with a final tournament score of 873. North Texas finished only one shot back of second place Denver (872) and seven shots back of first-place Middle Tennessee (866).

Senior’s Clarke Kincaid and Nathan Sheen were named to the all-conference team as both tied for sixth place with a three day score of 218. Junior Dustin Thompson posted a tournament and team-best three under-par 69, including a birdie on the fifth hole and 11 pars.

Sheen shot a one-under par 71, connecting on 13 pars and Kincaid finished a third-round score of 75. Harris Graham (73) and Ben Hargis (78) followed respectively.

The NT women, led by junior Janna Golden and freshman Addison Long’s one over-par 73, shot a third round tournament-best score of 295 to claim seventh place for the tournament. It marked the second year in a row that the women finished in seventh.

 Junior Maggie Noel fired a 74 on the final day and finished with a score of 222 to lead North Texas. Jordan Rose shot a third round score of 75 to shoot a 234 for the tournament and junior Kelsie Gray rounded out the championship scoring with an 86 on Wednesday for a final score of 252.

For the sixth consecutive season Denver (859) finished ahead of the field and was 14 shots better than second place UALR (873). Middle Tennessee finished third (907).




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