Former Mean Green Standout Cazaubon Set To Compete In Rio
Rodolfo Cazaubon Qualified For The Olympics And Represents His Native Mexico
RIO DE JANEIRO – As the opening ceremonies get underway later tonight in Rio de Janiero for the start of the 31st Olympiad former North Texas standout Rodolfo Cazaubon eagerly awaits his opportunity to represent his native Mexico in the golf competition.
Cazaubon qualified recently as one of the 60 men’s golfers headed to Brazil. The impact of his qualification, and subsequent participation in the Olympic Games is immeasurable.
“It’s exciting to have Rodolfo make it,” North Texas head coach Brad Stracke said. “I believe Carlos (Ortiz) had an opportunity to make it as well and Sebastian Munoz was an alternate, so having three guys have an opportunity to go to the Olympics is really impressive for the program and really represents North Texas well.”
Golf has returned to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, with the most recent competition taking place at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, where Toronto native George Lyon took home the gold.
“I think it’s always fun for the guys to represent their country, like they do in the Ryder Cup,” Stracke added. “That’s exciting for the players and the fans, so I believe it will be good television, and I think the guys that represent their country will have a good time doing it.”
Cazaubon enjoyed a lot of success in Denton. Under the tutelage of Stracke, he had the best single-season scoring average twice, including the third-best in the modern era as a senior in 2012-13, posting an average score of 71.89. Only Ortiz (71.25 in 2010-11) and Zach Atkinson (71.8 in 2002-03) have had better single-seasons from an average-score standpoint.
“You’re always proud of the guys that go on to become successful,” Stracke continued. “You always want to see them be successful either in golf or if they get a different job. I’m always proud of the guys when they move on and good things happen to them. Rodo is an unbelievable talent and we haven’t even seen his best golf yet. I know he is going to make the PGA Tour and make us all proud that way, as well as going to the Olympics.”
Cazaubon, a native of Tampico in the state of Tamaulipas, will get his Olympic journey underway in the first round of the competition on Thursday, Aug. 11, and will continue through the final round on Sunday, Aug. 15. All rounds will begin at 5:30 a.m. CT, and coverage of the event will be available on NBC’s family of networks.
"Rodo is ecstatic to represent his country of Mexico,” Stracke added. “He’s a proud person and loves his country and would be on cloud nine if he were able to medal. You never know with Rodo. He played in one PGA Tour event, where he finished third and missed first place by a shot. I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated by the other players, I think it’s just a matter of if he’s having a good week or not. If he’s having a good week, Rodo can play with anybody.”
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