Mean Green Conclude Red Raider Invitational

Sept. 13, 2016

Final Results
Team Leaderboard
Player Leaderboard

LUBBOCK, Texas - The North Texas women's golf team opened the 2016-17 season this week, and concluded action at the Red Raider Invitational at The Rawls Course in Lubbock Tuesday afternoon. The Mean Green fought through some difficulties over the two-day, three-round tournament, finishing in 15th place at +78. 

"I knew from the results last year that there was a lot of work to be done," head coach Michael Akers said from Lubbock Tuesday. "We had just two weeks to prepare for this and obviously right now we are nowhere near the level we need to be. They did learn a lot though about how we can reach that goal and I am excited about the next couple of weeks to help us get ready for Mizzou."

North Texas was led by sophomore New Mexico transfer Sol Lee, who finished the tournament tied for 39th at +16, after her Tuesday round of 81 (+9). She struggled immediately out of the gates, but closed her front nine strong, birdieing the par-4 fifth hole and par-3 sixth hole.

Junior Nyca Khaw was just behind her teammate, tied for 43rd at +17, following her third round score of 80 (+8). Freshman Elena Kim finished third on the team and tied for 55th overall, at +22. She shot the best round of the day for the Mean Green, posting a 77 (+5), complete with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes.

Sophomore Kalli Jennings shot a 78 (+6) on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 66th place at +27, showing much improvement from her performance just one day prior. She birdied on three separate occasions (par-5 second hole and ninth hole, as well as the par-4 11th hole), but tripled once, and doubled another time to prevent her from an even better improvement from day one.

"I noticed some weaknesses, such as our wedges," Akers continued. "We've not had the chance to get all of our drills incorporated yet, but I saw some course management issues that we need to address. I have been to Mizzou before and coached at that course. The greens are fast and I know the types of conditions we need to simulate in practice to try to get better."

North Texas resumes the fall season at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Missouri, beginning on Oct. 3 and continuing Oct. 4.

Team Leaderboard
1. New Mexico State (+16)
2. Texas Tech (+25)
3. Oregon (+26)
4. Augusta (+35)
5. East Tennessee State (+41)
T-6. Iowa (+43)
T-6. Santa Clara (+43)
8. Central Arkansas (+49)
9. Tulsa (+50)
10. North Florida (+51)
11. Wichita State (+60)
12. Cincinnati (+61)
13. Princeton (+67)
14. Kennesaw State (+69)
15. North Texas (+78)

Player Leaderboard
T-39. Sol Lee (+16)
T-43. Nyca Khaw (+17)
T-55. Elena Kim (+22)
66. Kalli Jennings (+27)
73. Samantha Huang (+41)  



North Texas Mean Green