MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - A second-round surge has put the No. 27 North Texas men's golf team in the lead after 36 holes of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship. The Mean Green was the only team to shoot under-par in the second round and all five players are in the top-10 as North Texas holds a seven-stroke lead over Middle Tennessee heading into the final round.
Ty Spinella remains the overall individual leader of the tournament with a 1-under par 143. He is the only player in the field under par after shooting a second round of even-par 72.
North Texas shot a 6-under par 282 and sit with a score of 4-over par 580 after 36 holes. The Blue Raiders are seven shots back at 587, while Louisiana-Lafayette is the next closest team at 19 shots behind.
Curtis Donahoe had the best round of the day at 3-under par 69 and climbed to a three-way tie for seventh place. Donahoe was flawless after 13 holes with four birdies and nine pars, but bogey's on 14 and 16 were his only mistakes on the day. Donahoe is 3-over par for the tournament at 147.
Carlos Ortiz was 2-under par for the day with a 70. Ortiz, the defending conference champion, had three birdies on the day and only the 18th hole tripped him up as he carded his only bogey of the round on the final hole. Ortiz is tied for fifth place, three strokes behind Spinella heading into the final day.
Rodolfo Cazaubon is tied for seventh place after an even-par round of 72. Cazaubon was 2-over par after nine holes, but three straight birdies on 15, 16, and 17 got his round back to level-par.
Jason Roets also made his move into the top-10 with a 1-under par 71. Roets, much like Ortiz and Donahoe, played the first 17 holes mistake free. He was 3-under par heading to the 18th hole, where a treacherous hole location had Roets end with a double bogey for the day. He is tied for seventh place at 147.
Spinella has a one-shot lead after two rounds as he looks for his first collegiate tournament title tomorrow. North Texas is looking for its first Sun Belt Conference title since 2003 and first tournament title win since 2010.
The final round for the Mean Green begins at 8:45 a.m. and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com.