PULLMAN, Wash. – The opening day at the NCAA Pullman Golf Regional saw lots of red figures and the North Texas men’s golf team took advantage of the low scores firing a season-low 11-under par 277.
A late round surge fueled by senior Marco Scarola, who had a career afternoon as he posted a career-best 6-under 66, Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz moved the No. 37 Mean Green into a tie for eighth place with No. 25 Virginia Tech.
The top-five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Finals and the Mean Green is three strokes behind Pacific who currently holds the last of the five spots. No. 12 TCU and Memphis are one shot ahead of North Texas in a tie for sixth place. No. 1 ranked Cal is the first round leader after posting a 23-under par.
Scarola’s round got off to a sluggish start as he was 1-over making the turn after nine holes. A birdie on the 11th got him to even par and then on the 14th hole he turned in perhaps the best five-hole stretch of his career. Scarola notched three straight birdies, an eagle on the 17th hole and closed with another birdie on the 18th to shoot a 29 on the back nine and a 66 for the round. He is tied for eighth place after 18 holes.
Cazaubon was steady on both the front and back nine holes notching three birdies on both and just one bogey to card a 4-under par 68. He is tied for 18th place. Ortiz followed the same script as Scarola and closed his round out strong.
Through 14 holes Ortiz was 2-over par, but bounced back with birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to put up red figures at 1-under par 71.
Curtis Donahoe shot an even-par round of 72 and like most of the field took advantage of the back nine holes. He notched his three birdies on the day on the back nine.
Jason Roets had the one tough afternoon on the day for the Mean Green as he shot an 8-over par 80 and couldn’t bounce back from a 7-over start through the first nine holes.
The second round of the NCAA Pullman Regional begins tomorrow and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com.