ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With the competition cranked up, the North Texas men's golf team took it to another level as they hold a four-stroke lead at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate after the first day.
Facing three teams ranked in the top 25, including the nation's No. 1 team in Pepperdine, North Texas shot a second round of 7-under par 281.
The Mean Green has a score of 576 to lead host New Mexico by four strokes, No. 1 Pepperdine by six, and No. 7 San Diego State by seven strokes.
Carlos Ortiz and Josh Jones scorched the course in the second round to fuel the Mean Green's rise up the leaderboard. Ortiz fired a 6-under 66 after an opening round of 1-under par 71. Ortiz is alone in second place, three shots off the lead. Ortiz carded a bogey free second round and had four birdies and one eagle. He is 7-under par through 36 holes.
The powerful hitting Jones had nine birdies in 36 holes. Jones shot an even-par round of 72 to start things off but shed three strokes off that in the second round to fired a 3-under par 69. Jones had six birdies in the second round. Jones is alone in fourth place after the first day.
Curtis Donahoe shot a two-round score of 150 with scores of 74 and 76. Ty Spinella and Rodolfo Cazaubon rebounded from opening rounds of 78 and 79.
Both players shot a 1-over par 73 in the second. Spinella is at 151 for the tournament and Cazaubon at 152.
The final round begins tomorrow morning and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com