LANTANA, Tex. (9/11/06) Rain and lighting cut short the first day of the Cobb/Ferrell Mean Green Classic, but the North Texas men’s golf team is in contention after one round of play from Lantana Country Club.
The second round of play was suspended due to lighting with five holes to play. North Texas shot 4-over par 292 in the opening round that was also delayed for 90 minutes due to stormy weather. Washington State leads the field of 14 teams after an opening round of 5-under par 283.
“We had a couple of good scores out there but there is still a lot of room for improvement,” said North Texas head coach Jim Bob Jackson. “There is still a lot of golf left to be played and we still have a chance if we go out and compete like I know we are capable of”.
Led by junior Anthony Broussard’s 1-under par 71, the Mean Green is in 6th place. Broussard had two birdies on the front nine and closed with three for the day. He is tied for 10th place, three shots behind the leaders.
Junior Cole Howard made a splash in his debut with North Texas as he shot a 1-over par 73. Howard had three birdies on the front nine and one on the back, but bogeyed the final three holes of the round.
Another newcomer, freshman Dustin Thompson, came out strong in his first collegiate round of golf with a 1-over par 73. After a 38 on the front nine, Thompson eagled the par-5 13th hole that keyed a back nine score of 35.
Howard and Thompson are tied for 22nd place.
Sophomore Harris Graham had two birdies in his opening round and shot a 3-over par score of 75.
Junior Austin Welch struggled in the first round as he posted a 4-over par 76.
Individually for North Texas Raul Lemus fired a 76 and Wayne Bailey shot an opening round of 80.
The second round will be completed tomorrow morning with a shotgun start and will be immediately followed by the third and final round.