LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A pair of true freshman blazed the course at the first day of the Herb Wimberly Classic to put the North Texas men's golf team in the hunt after 36 holes. Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz posted a combined score of 7-under par as the Mean Green is 1-under par after the first day in sixth place.
North Texas shot a 282 and a 285 in the first and second round and is 16 shots behind No. 17 UNLV, who leads the field heading into the final round. The Mean Green is just three shots behind the host school New Mexico State in the large field of 17 teams.
"We have put ourselves in a good position but UNLV isn't going to give up any shots tomorrow so if we can go out and put up a score we will see what happens but today was a good day for us," said coach Brad Stacke.
Cazaubon fired back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 69 and is tied for 12th place. Ortiz is just one shot back after shooting a 2-under 69 and a 1-under 70 in his first 36 holes. Cazaubon is in at 138 and Ortiz at 139 through 36 holes.
The 69's by Cazaubon and Ortiz are both collegiate career-low's for both and season-low scores for the Mean Green.
Ben Hargis shot an even-par round of 71 and a 1-over par 72 in the second round. Peter Fallon shot a 73 and a 74 in the first and second round while Curtis Donahoe posted a 75 and 77 after the first day.
The final round begins tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.