Mean Green Set To Tee Off From C-USA Championships
UNT Eyes Conference Title In Florida
FORT MYERS, Florida - The North Texas women's golf team continues its spring season at the Conference USA Championships, a 54-hole tournament played over three days, Monday through Wednesday.
THE EVENT: The Verandah Club's Old Orange course is a 6,194-yard, par 72 course. The three-day tournament will see the teams play 18 holes each day. Only the top four scores from each team count toward the team's score for each round. The tee times for Monday begin between 7 and 8:30 a.m. CT.
THE FIELD: There are 12 teams participating in the 2018 Conference USA Championships: the Mean Green, Charlotte, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UT San Antonio and Western Kentucky. The Mean Green are ranked No. 112 in the latest GolfStat poll. UNT enters Monday's action as the sixth-ranked team in C-USA (Old Dominion - No. 52, UT San Antonio - No. 75, Middle Tennessee - No. 82, Western Kentucky - No. 107 and Southern Miss - No. 110).
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 has competed in every tournament thus far this spring.
RESULTS: Live results will be available on Golfstat. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com at the conclusion of the day.
LAST TIME OUT: North Texas finished in ninth place at the inaugural Bruzzy at Maridoe. Pena led the way for the Mean Green, finishing at +11, in 11th, her best career finish, while Lee concluded her tournament in 34th place at +19 in the three-round tournament played over two days in Carrollton.
TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: North Texas has made significant strides since head coach Michael Akers took over roughly two years ago. The Mean Green were ranked No. 201 following the 2015-16 season, and since Akers arrived in Denton, UNT has soared as many as 109 spots to break into the top 100, and currently sit 89 spots better than when he arrived in Denton.
AKERS SAYS: "We are certainly excited about the opportunity in front of us this week. I believe if things go right we can compete for the championship. We have been pretty solid in three spots this year and depth has hurt on a few occasions.
"The team has been preparing very well and working on the correct things over the past two weeks. Sabina has stepped up over the past month and Sol and Lauren should be ready to go. If Elena can play like she did last year at this course then we can really make some noise."
UP NEXT: North Texas awaits its NCAA fate, and can capture the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals with a conference title this week.
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.