Red Hot Golf Leads By Four Strokes

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.

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