Atkinson, Gibson Pace Mean Green To Second

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (10/21/02)  -- Top 10 individual finishes by Zach Atkinson and Brad Gibson led the North Texas men's golf team to a second place finish Tuesday in the Countrywide Home Loans Intercollegiate golf tournament.

Atkinson led the way by battling to a second-place individual finish with rounds of 71-67-73 -- 211, which was three strokes behind individual champion Casey Fowles of Utah (70--70-58 -- 208). Gibson ended in a two-way tie for sixth place overall with rounds of 73-71-71 -- 215.

Utah was the runaway team champion with a 867 three-round score, finishing 18 strokes in front of the Mean Green in second place. North Texas compiled rounds of 299, 290 and 296 for a total of 885 to place second in the 20-team field.

Atkinson's second round score of 67 was the tournament low and was five under par for the 6,730-yard par 72 Wood Ranch Golf Club course.

North Texas scores
2. Zach Atkinson 71-67-73 -- 211
T6. Brad Gibson 73-71-72 -- 216
T37.  Thomas Kulcak 78-76-75 -- 229
T41. Casey Carnes 79-76-76 --231
T80. Jason Lindgen 77-78-85 -- 240



North Texas Mean Green