ARLINGTON, Texas - Slow and steady wins the race and the North Texas men's golf team was just that in the opening two rounds of the UTA Waterchase Invitational as they are tied for fourth place heading into the final round. The Mean Green shot a two-round score of 6-over par and is only 10 shots off the lead going into the third round tomorrow.
"I think today showed that we have a lot of depth on this year's team and that we have really been competing hard and that is what's going to make us better," said coach Brad Stracke. "I think we got just a little bit tired towards the end of today's round but tomorrow if we can post a score of five or 10-under par that is going to give us a chance."
Freshman Carlos Ortiz leads the way with an even-par score of 144. Ortiz is tied for ninth place after an opening round of 2-under par 70 and a 2-over par 74. Fellow freshman and countrymen Rodolfo Cazaubon is three-shots behind Ortiz with a two-round score of 147. Lance Byars equaled the score with a 147 of his own after rounds of 73 and 74.
Peter Fallon and Dustin Thompson are just one shot behind Cazaubon and Byars with 36-hole scores of 148. Fallon posted back-to-back 74's while Thompson opened with a 77 and then rebounded with a 71.
Individual Luis Lemus scorched the course in his first competitive tournament in over a year. Lemus fired an even-round score of 72 and a second round of 73 to post a 145. Lemus is the top individual in the tournament and tied for 17th overall. Freshman Curtis Donahoe is the second-lowest individual behind Lemus with a two-round score of 149.
The final round at Waterchase Country Club begins tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.