DENTON, Texas - The run to the NCAA Championship begins tomorrow morning for the No. 26 North Texas men's golf team as they begin play in the Bowling Green Regional as the No. 5 seed. After capturing the 2012 Sun Belt Conference title, the Mean Green is making its 30th appearance in the NCAA tournament and first back-to-back appearances since 1974-75.
No. 3 UCLA is the top seed in the Mean Green's region, followed by No. 11 Arkansas, No. 15 Texas A&M, and No. 21 Clemson as the teams will play at The Club at Olde Stone golf course.
North Texas enters the regional tournament ranked No. 26 in the nation by Golfstat.com and No. 28 by Golfweek.com. Individually Carlos Ortiz is ranked 99th in the nation and Rodolfo Cazaubon 123rd, while 2012 Sun Belt Conference champion Ty Spinella has climbed to 162nd in the rankings.
It is the highest North Texas has been ranked this late in the season since the national rankings began in 1998.
The Mean Green captured the 2012 Sun Belt Conference title three weeks ago to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Spinella won the individual title, while Ortiz and Cazaubon were named to the all-conference team. Curtis Donahoe and Jason Roets will make up the rest of the five-man team for North Texas at the regional.
Roets had a career-best finish at the SBC Championship when he finished in sixth place, while Donahoe has two straight top-20 finishes, including a second place at the All-American Invitational.
North Texas has finished in the top-5 this season in nine of the 10 events this season. Last season the Mean Green fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championship at the NCAA West regional finishing in ninth place.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The finals will be played May 29-June 3 at Rivera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
Live stats can be found tomorrow morning at www.golfstat.com.