ARLINGTON, Texas - With high expectations coming into the year, the North Texas men's golf team could not have delivered a better start than this to the season. The Mean Green posted their lowest round of golf in 11 years and after 36 holes North Texas has a 10-stroke lead over the field of 19 teams at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational.
North Texas shot a 12-under par 276 in the first round, which is the lowest score for the Mean Green since 1999. The Mean Green didn't let up in the second round as they posted an 8-under par 280 and sit at 20-under par, 556, after the first day of the tournament. The 556 is the lowest 36-hole score for North Texas since 1998.
Sophomore Curtis Donahoe turned in a performance to remember with an opening round of 3-under par 69, which was a career-low round for a few moments. Donahoe made sure that mark didn't last long as he went even lower in the second round with a 5-under 67. He is alone in third place at 8-under par, 136 after 36 holes.
Newcomers Josh Jones and Ty Spinella making their debuts for North Texas didn't disappoint. Jones ripped the course for an opening round of 3-under 69 and second round of 2-under 70.
He is tied for fifth place at 5-under par 139 after 36 holes of play. Spinella posted an even-par round of 72 in the first 18 holes and he was 1-over in the second round to shoot a 145 after 36 holes.
Sophomore's Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz had rollercoaster days. Ortiz had the second lowest round of the tournament to start the day off with a 6-under 66, but he faltered in the second round with an 81.
Cazaubon meanwhile got off to a slow start with a 77 but rebounded nicely with 2-under par 70 in the second round. Both players shot 3-over par 147 scores for the day.
Freshman Peter Eiler, playing as an individual, shot scores of 77 and 78 in his first two rounds of collegiate golf.
North Texas leads Southern Miss by 10 strokes heading into the final round, Santa Clara by 18, Rice by 23 shots, and Louisiana Tech by 25 strokes.
The Mean Green is going for its first tournament win to start the season since the 2003.
The third round begins tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.