PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (4/20/05) - The North Texas golf teams saved their best for last, as both the men and women’s teams posted their best scores of the tournament in the third and final round at the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship from the PGA Village.
North Texas will not come home empty handed however, as junior Jaclyn Golden was named to the 2005 Women’s All-Sun Belt Conference team. It marks the first time in her career that Golden has been named to the all-conference team.
The men’s team fired a 298, paced by junior’s Andreas Kali and Jason Lindgren, who both shot rounds of 1-over par 73. Lindgren finished with back-to-back rounds of 1-over par and posted a three-round score of 224. North Texas finished in seventh place with a three-round score of 908.
“I was proud of the way that our guys battled out there and finished with our best round of the tournament,” said North Texas head coach Jim Bob Jackson. “We didn’t play our best golf down here but we have a lot of talent that is returning and I’m really excited about the future”.
Freshman Anthony Broussard finished tied with Lindgren after a final round of 77 to close out at 224. Broussard and Lindgren finished tied for 16th place. Kali shot his best round of the tournament and had a three-round score of 228 to finish tied for 25th.
Raul Lemus ended his tournament with a 15-foot birdie and shot a final round of 75. Lemus finished tied for 35th place with a three-round score of 232. Senior Reid McPherson, who battled an illness throughout the week, shot a final round of 78.
South Alabama captured the men’s team championship with a score of 877.
On the women’s side freshman Lauren Cheves had the second best round of her career with a 1-over par 73 in the final round. Cheves final round push moved her into a tied for 23rd place for the tournament with a three-round score of 238.
Junior Andra Lancaster was as strong as Cheves in the final round with a 2-over par 74. Lancaster led the way for North Texas in the championship with a three-round score of 235 and finished in 17th place.
Cheves and Lancaster’s rounds were the catalyst for North Texas to post its best score of the tournament at 312. The Mean Green as a team finished in eighth place with a score of 960.
Halli Richards shot a final round of 82 and finished in 41st place. Jaclyn Golden and Paige Padgett posted final round scores of 83. Golden shot 243 for the tournament and ended in a tie for 32nd place while Padgett shot a 251 and finished in a tie for 43rd place.
Denver came from behind to claim the women’s championship with a score of 922.