Byars And Hargis Leading North Texas To Start The Season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The new look North Texas men's golf team started the 2009-10 season at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate but couldn't finish up the first 36 holes of the tournament as lightning suspended the second round. The Mean Green opened up with a 303 in the first round and was on the back nine before the lightning halted the second round.

Before play was halted Lance Byars and Ben Hargis were pacing the Mean Green at 2-over par for the tournament.

"We got off to a slow start today but were starting to make up some ground in the second round," said coach Brad Stracke. "This is a very talented field but we have some teams in front of us that if we can catch and pass it will be a good finish and a good start to the season."

North Texas is tied for 15th place but just one shot behind Utah, two behind Air Force, five off from Arizona, seven shots away from Campbell, and eight behind the host New Mexico. UNLV has a seven shot lead over the field with a 16-under par score.

Byars shot an opening round of 75 but he is 1-under par on his second round with four more holes left to play. Hargis shot an even-par round of 72 but did it in wild fashion. In his first round Hargis had four bogeys and a double bogey but had six birdies along the way. Through his second round he is 2-over par with five holes left. Byars and Hargis are tied for 31st place.

Freshman Carlos Ortiz, playing in his first collegiate tournament was 3-over par in the first round as he notched two birdies. Through 12 holes in the second round Ortiz is 4-over par.

The other true freshman making his debut for the Mean Green is Curtis Donahoe. After a tough start of 9-over par in the first round Donahoe has settled down in the second round and is 2-over with six holes left to play.

Peter Fallon opened with an 82 in the first round but has rebounded and is 2-over par with three holes to play in the second round.

The second round will be concluded in the morning followed by the third and final round.



North Texas Mean Green