ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The quest for a perfect start to the year for the North Texas men's golf team came up one stroke shy as they finished in second place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. North Texas let a five-shot lead slip away in the final round and No. 7 San Diego State captured the title by one shot.
Individually sophomore Carlos Ortiz finished tied for the individual championship with a 4-under 212. It is the first individual title for Ortiz in his career and the second straight for North Texas as Ortiz follows Curtis Donahoe's win at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational last week.
North Texas posted a final round of 299 and an 875 for the tournament while the Aztecs shot a 291 and an 874 to win. The Mean Green did finish ahead of No. 1 Pepperdine by 11 strokes and No. 24 Baylor by 12.
Josh Jones posted another top-10 finish as he was alone in sixth place after a final round of 75. Jones was even-par 216.
Rodolfo Cazaubon shot a 2-under par 70 in the final round of the tournament as he climbed into the top 20. Donahoe shot a 79 in the third round and Ty Spinella closed with an 80.
North Texas is back in action on Oct. 17 -18 at the Lone Star Invitational.