BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The North Texas men's golf team entered the final day of the Graeme McDowell Shoal Creek Invitational in sixth place but rode a strong final-round performance to surge to a third-place finish.
Mean Green senior Rodolfo Cazaubon, who came into the final round with a one-stroke lead, carded an even-par 72 on a day when scores were up throughout the field to finish in a tie for first place. It is the first individual tournament title in the career of Cazaubon.
LSU's Stewart Jolly got a late birdie to tie Cazaubon with a 54-hole score of six-under-par 210.
The Mean Green's Carlos Ortiz shot one of only six under-par scores on the day with a one-under 71 to help push North Texas past Alabama-Birmingham, Memphis and Tulsa in the team standings. Ortiz finished tied at even-par 216 for eighth in the individual standings.
With Tuesday's round of 292, North Texas posted a three-round score of 873, nine over par. LSU took first place at even-par 864, followed by Houston at five-over. UAB finished three shots back of North Texas in fourth place in the 11-team tournament.
The Mean Green's Curtis Donahoe and Marco Scarola shot 76 and 75, respectively, on Tuesday and finished in a five-player tie for 29th, and Jason Roets shot 74, his low score for the tournament, to tie for 43rd.
North Texas is next in action October 14-16 at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio.