BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - It was a tightly contested opening round of the Bowling Green Regional as the No. 26 North Texas men's golf team is tied for fourth place after firing a 7-over par 295 after 18 holes. The Mean Green is locked in a four-way tie with No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 21 Clemson and No. 39 Memphis. No. 34 Chattanooga and Colorado State is one stroke ahead of the pack at 6-over par tied for second place.
The Club at Olde Stone golf course was unforgiving as only one team, No. 3 UCLA finished under par. The Bruins lead the field at 4-under par after the first round. Only three shots separate seven teams vying for a spot in the top five. North Texas is in prime position to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since the regional format began.
Freshman Jason Roets played a superb round as he is tied for seventh place after an even-par score of 72. Roets had three birdies on the round and only a double bogey on his final hole prevented him from posting a red number.
Ty Spinella and Carlos Ortiz are both just one stroke behind Roets at 1-over par. Spinella raced out to 4-under par after his first five holes, capped off by an eagle two on the par-4 14th hole, but he was 4-over on the back nine and posted a 73. Ortiz had three birdies on the day and is tied with Spinella in 11th place.
Rodolfo Cazaubon and Curtis Donahoe shot a 77 and 78 in the opening round. Cazaubon had a rare round of birdie-less golf with 13 pars, but three bogeys and one double bogey. Donahoe is tied for 53rd while Cazaubon is tied for 46th place.
North Texas must keep itself in the top-five position to advance to the NCAA Championship. 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
The second round begins tomorrow morning and live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com