DENTON, Texas – Is the third time a charm? The No. 37 North Texas men’s golf team is hoping the answer is yes. The Sun Belt Conference champs tee it up Thursday morning at the NCAA Regional Tournament in hopes of making it to the NCAA Finals for the first time in the modern era.
The Mean Green tees off at 10:40 central time. North Texas enters the Pullman Regional as a seven seed after capturing its second straight Sun Belt title. It is the third straight regional appearance for the Mean Green who has been unable to advance past the regional round the past two years.
It is the 31st NCAA appearance in school history for the Mean Green. North Texas is making its third-straight NCAA appearance for the first time since 1970-72.
The Mean Green is going after its first NCAA Finals appearance in the modern era since finishing third at the championship in 1963. North Texas won four straight NCAA Tournament titles from 1949-52.
Washington State is the host and the teams will be playing at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club. The field consists of 14 teams and five individuals. The top-ranked team in the country headlines the regional as the Cal Bears enter as the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 TCU, No. 3 USC, No. 4 St. Mary’s, No. 5 Virginia Tech, No. 6 BYU and then North Texas.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The North Texas lineup will consist of four-time all-conference picks Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz. Fellow seniors Curtis Donahoe and Marco Scarola will be joined by second-team all-conference selection Jason Roets.
The Palouse Ridge Golf Course will play at a par-72 and at 7,308 yards. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.