ARLINGTON, Texas - It was total domination for the North Texas men's golf team as the Mean Green hammered the field with a score of 20-under par, 844, to win the UTA/Waterchase Invitational by 21 strokes. The Mean Green shot a final round of 288 and posted the best three-round score since the 1998 season. The season opening win is the first for North Texas since the 2003 season.
Individually, sophomore Curtis Donahoe finished tied for the first place with a three-round score of 7-under par 209.
"We have a long way to go, but I was really pleased with the way the kids kept battling and playing the entire time," said head coach Brad Stracke. "It's always good to start the year off with a win."
North Texas held a 10-stroke lead heading into the final round and did not let up in the last 18 holes.
Donahoe fired a final round of 1-over par 73 and the championship is his first individual title and the second individual title for the Mean Green in as many years.
Josh Jones posted a top-10 finish with a final round of 76 but a three-round score of 1-under par 215.
Rodolfo Cazaubon had the best round of the day with a 3-under par 69 as he climbed to 12th place with an even-par score of 216. Carlos Ortiz bounced back from a second round of 81 to shoot a 2-under par 70 and shot a 1-over par 217 to finish in 15th place.
Ty Spinella shot a final round of 76 and shot a 221 for the three-rounds. In all North Texas had four players finish in the top 15. Freshman Peter Eiler, playing in his first collegiate tournament shot a final round of 81 and posted a 236.
"Coming from Arkansas and the SEC, I've played against the best and to see where we are right now, I think we can play with the best," said Spinella. "Hopefully as the season goes on we will play against some higher ranked teams and keep showing what type of team we are."
North Texas returns to action on Oct. 1-2 at the William Tucker Intercollegiate.