Golden Paces North Texas At The SBC Championship

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (4/19/05)  The second round of the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Championship presented the North Texas women's golf team with its most difficult challenge of the tournament with windy conditions. North Texas shot a 328 for the day and fell into ninth place with a two-round score of 648. Florida International surged into first place with the only round under 300 on the day and leads by five shots heading into the final round.


“It was tough out there. The conditions and the course are both very difficult and we had a tough time,” said North Texas coach Cindi Padgett. “Even though we have struggled a bit, there is still an opportunity for us to move up if we make the shots that we are capable of”.


Junior Jaclyn Golden paced the Mean Green with an 81 and is tied for 21st place after two rounds with a score of 160. Andra Lancaster is one shot behind Golden after a second round of 82. Lancaster is tied for 24th with a two-round score of 161.


The three freshmen competing in their first Sun Belt Conference Championship for North Texas are all with three shots of each other after the first two rounds.


Lauren Cheves shot a second round 84 and is at 165. Halli Richards rebounded from a tough first round with a second round of 81 and is at 166 while freshman Paige Padgett sits at 168 after the first two rounds of play.


On the men's side junior Jason Lindgren shot a 1-over par 73 to lead the North Texas men’s golf team in blustery conditions  Lindgren’s round vaulted him into the top 20 individually as he now sits tied for 19th place with a two round score of 151.


Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, North Texas was able to shave four strokes off its first round score with a second round of 303 and moved into ninth place with a two round score of 610. Louisiana-Lafayette remains atop the leaderboad by just one stroke over South Alabama with a two-round score of 586.


“We played a little bit better out there but we still left some shots out on the course,” said North Texas head coach Jim Bob Jackson. “If we can be more consistent, then we can move up.  But we just have to get back to concentrating on the course and making the shots that we know how to make”.


Freshman Anthony Broussard battled throughout the day and made two birdies in the final five holes to finish with a score of 2-over par 74 in the second round. Broussard remains in contention individually for the title as he is tied for 11th place with a two-round score of 147, just four shots behind the leader Patrick Sullivan of Arkansas-Little Rock.


Junior Andreas Kali and freshman Raul Lemus had second round scores of 78. Kali is tied for 36th place after two days at 155 and Lemus is two shots behind with a two round score of 157. Senior Reid McPherson battled his way back onto the course after missing the first round due to illness and fired a round of 80.


The final round concludes tomorrow at 8 a.m. with the men playing on the North Course, while the women will tee off on the Dye Course. 



North Texas Mean Green