WAYZATA, Minn. - It was a strong south breeze in the final round of the Gopher Invitational that sent scores skyrocketing, but the North Texas men's golf team managed to climb two spots and finish in sixth place to begin the season.
None of the 15 teams in the field was under-par in the final round as the Mean Green shot a 311 in the final round to pass Oklahoma and Lamar. Cal, the leader after the first day, was never challenged and won by 14 strokes. North Texas beat four teams that advanced to the NCAA Finals last season, Oklahoma, Lamar, Memphis, and Iowa.
North Texas had three players in the top-25 paced by senior Rodolfo Cazaubon. He shot a 5-over par 77 in the final round, and bounced back from a 5-over par start to his round only seven holes in. Cazaubon finished up with two birdies and in a tie for 18th place.
Curtis Donahoe and Carlos Ortiz finished tied for 22nd with three-round scores of 228. Donahoe struggled in the final round with an 81 while Ortiz had the best round of the day for the Mean Green at 4-over par.
Marco Scarola fought through the tough conditions to post the second best round for North Texas at 5-over par 77. Scarola was 6-over through eight holes, but then he had a stretch of four birdies in six holes and played the front nine holes at 1-under par.
Freshman Gonzalo Rubio had the toughest round, shooting a 17-over par. Rubio had three birdies on the day but also two triple bogeys.
North Texas is back in action at the Inverness Invite on Sept. 17-18.