MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Freshman Rodolfo Cazaubon flashed his talent throughout the golf season and today he was rewarded. He fired a 4-under par 68 in the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship and the North Texas freshman was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. Cazaubon earned all-conference honors as well as he finished in second place with a three-round score of 3-under par 213.
Along with Cazaubon, fellow freshman Carlos Ortiz was named to the Sun Belt All-Conference Team, marking the first time North Texas has ever had two freshman named to the all-conference team.
The Mean Green as a team fired a final round of 1-under par 287 and finished in fifth place.
Cazaubon is the first player in the program's storied history to be named Freshman of the Year.
His second place finish is the best showing by a freshman in the conference championship in nearly 40 years. Not since John Granger won the Missouri Valley Conference title in 1971 has a North Texas freshman had a better finish than Cazaubon. His final round of 68 was his second lowest of the season.
Ortiz, who shot an opening round of 64, had a final round of 4-over par 76 and finished in a tie for 21th place overall. Senior Peter Fallon, playing his last collegiate round of golf, ended with a bang as he shot a 1-under par 71.
Thompson, a four-year letterman who was also playing in his final tournament, shot a 1-over par 73. Freshman Marco Scarola shot a final round of 3-over par 75.
South Alabama won the team championship, overtaking Middle Tennessee with a final round of 282 to win by six strokes.