Mean Green Ninth After First Round Of C-USA Championship
North Texas Started Strong, But Dipped To Ninth After Day One In Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. - North Texas got off to a very strong start on day one of the Conference USA Championship, climbing as high as second at one point midway through the round. Unfortunately for the Mean Green, they closed the day in ninth place at 18-over par after some late-round struggles.
Junior Nyca Khaw and freshman Elena Kim paced North Texas, as each fired 3-over par 75's on Monday, while freshman Lauren Cox, who led through nine, finished at 4-over par.
"We started off hot today, but we started on the back nine which is a little more open and more manageable than the front nine," head coach Michael Akers said. "Big numbers eventually hurt us. We will do our best to manage the course and minimize mistakes tomorrow. If we can minimize a bad swing to a bogey, we can pass some teams. This is a learning process and we are preparing and building for an incredible future."
Khaw birdied on three occasions, including back-to-back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5, which came immediately after a double bogey on the third hole.
Kim also doubled on No. 3, and birdied twice Monday on her way to a strong first round. Like Khaw, Kim birdied No. 4, and she also added a birdie on No. 12.
Cox led the way for much of the day for the Mean Green, but a pair of doubles on two of her final two holes saw her wrap the afternoon at 4-over par. She birdied three times, on the first, 13th and 15th holes, respectively.
North Texas returns to action from the Verandah Club in Forth Myers, Florida, Tuesday, April 18 for the second round, which tees off at 7:50 a.m. CT. Live scoring for the event is available here, courtesy of GolfStat.
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Conference USA Championship Central
1. Old Dominion (+1)
2. Middle Tennessee (+4)
3. UAB (+8)
4. UTSA (+10)
5. Southern Miss (+12)
6. Marshall (+16)
T7. Western Kentucky (+17)
T7. FIU (+17)
9. North Texas (+18)
T10. Florida Atlantic (+19)
T10. UTEP (+19)
T16. Nyca Khaw (+3)
T16. Elena Kim (+3)
T26. Lauren Cox (+4)
T45. Kalli Jennings (+8)
54. Sammy Huang (+13)