Mean Green Charge Comes Up Short In Regional
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - One of the most successful seasons in over a decade for the No. 26 North Texas men's golf team came to a close as the late charge by the Mean Green came up short at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. North Texas made a strong push in the final round needing to make up 11 shots to get into the top-5 to advance before the round started.
The Mean Green came within two strokes of the top-5 on two different occasions on the day, but eventually came up short. North Texas shot a 2-under par 286 in the final round, but missed out on the top-5 by four shots.
No. 34 Chattanooga won the regional, followed by No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 3 UCLA, No. 46 Virginia Tech, and No. 39 Memphis. Those five teams advance to the NCAA Championship.
North Texas finished in seventh place, one stroke behind No. 11 Arkansas, and four shots behind Memphis for the final spot.
Carlos Ortiz and Curtis Donahoe fueled the final round charge for North Texas as both players shot a 2-under par 70. Ortiz missed out on advancing to the NCAA Championship as an individual by one shot as he was 2-under par for the tournament and tied for ninth place. Donahoe posted four birdies on the day after not carding one for his first two rounds. He finished tied for 46th place.
Ty Spinella had a top-20 finish as he closed with a 1-over par score of 73. Spinella was tied for 19th place at 4-over par for the tournament. Freshman Jason Roets had his only difficult round of the three days with a final round of 79 while Rodolfo Cazaubon bounced back with his best score of the tournament with a final round of 73.
Despite not advancing to the NCAA Championship, North Texas accomplished much along the way this season. The Mean Green captured their first conference title since 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1974-75.
North Texas was ranked as high as No. 26 in the nation, which is the highest ranking this late in the year for the Mean Green since the ranking system started.