Mean Green To Open Spring Season Monday
North Texas Tees Off Spring From Houston At The Dickson
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The North Texas women’s golf team looks to open its spring season with a strong showing at The Dickson, a 54-hole tournament played over two days on Monday and Tuesday. The tournament, which is hosted by Houston, will be played at The Woodlands Country Club.
THE EVENT: The Woodlands Country Club is a 6,392-yard, par 72 course. The two-day tournament will see the teams play 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. Only the top four scores from each team count toward the team’s score for each round. Tee times both days will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CST.
THE FIELD: There are 17 teams participating in the 2018 iteration of The Dickson: the Mean Green, No. 21 Houston, Charlotte, No. 47 Clemson, No. 32 Florida State, No. 23 Iowa State, No. 16 Kent State, Mississippi State, No. 25 Purdue, SMU, TCU, No. 36 Texas A&M, Texas State, No. 44 Texas Tech, Troy, Tulsa and UT San Antonio. The Mean Green are ranked No. 99 in the latest GolfStat poll.
REPRESENTING THE MEAN GREEN: Competing for the Mean Green will be junior Sol Lee, sophomore Lauren Cox, junior Sabina Pena, senior Nyca Khaw and sophomore Elena Kim. The quintet all competed in each of the four tournaments that North Texas played in the fall. All but Pena also competed individually at The Battle at the Beach in November as well.
RESULTS: Live results will be available on Golfstat.com. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com at the end of each round.
LAST TIME OUT: North Texas sent four golfers to The Battle at the Beach in Cancun in November to close out the fall season in Cabo San Lucas. Cox led the way for the Mean Green, finishing at +15, while Lee and Khaw both concluded action at +19 and Kim was +23.
TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: North Texas has made significant strides since head coach Michael Akers took over roughly 20 months ago. The Mean Green were ranked No. 201 following the 2015-16 season, and since Akers arrived in Denton, UNT has soared 102 spots to break into the top 100
AKERS SAYS: "I’m very glad I scheduled the first tournament late in February to give us ample time to be ready and we are really excited to get things going in Houston," Akers said. “Over the last few weeks there has been a remarkable improvement and you can really start to see them really hone in and we’ve seen some really good scores. I’ve really seen some of them really start to take off.”
UP NEXT: North Texas will be back in action from the SunTrust Gator Invitational on March 10-11. The event is hosted by No. 12 Florida and will be played at Mark Bostick Golf Club in Gainesville, Florida.
HOME SWEET MARIDOE: North Texas has enjoyed its first year in its new home – the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton. The course opened to members in July and gives the Mean Green a state-of-the-art home course with world-class facilities, including a fully-dedicated practice facility, complete with a two-ended driving range to account for many varying wind conditions, a sprawling three-acre short game retreat and indoor facilities with state-of-the-art hitting bays that provide tools the program has not yet had at its disposal.