Beginning in 2013-14, North Texas is one of 10 schools that will participate in women's golf in Conference USA along with Tulsa, Tulane, East Carolina, UTEP, Marshall, UAB, Southern Miss, UTSA, and FIU. Rice, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte, and UAB are full C-USA members that do not sponsor women's golf.
North Texas finished out the final round of the season in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament shooting their best total a 294 six over-par. The team ended up in fourth place, only three shots back of FIU in third.
The Mean Green wrapped up the season ranked 74th among NCAA Division I teams in head-to-head competitions with a 68.42 winning percentage, according to GolfStat.com.
"C-USA will be a positive move for North Texas women's golf," said North Texas Head Coach Jeff Mitchell. "Tulane, Tulsa, UTSA, FIU, East Carolina and North Texas have all been ranked, or are currently ranked in the top 50 and/or the top 75 over the past few years. This presents us with a much stronger conference championship and a stronger strength of field. This will help us as try to improve our national ranking and it will help us in recruiting."
North Texas' most memorable year was during the 2010-11 season after climbing to a 16th place finish at the NCAA Central Regional round and advancing to the post-season for the first time in school history.
The Mean Green ended the ‘10-11 season winning a school-record four tournaments, finishing in the top-five in 10 of the 11 events, a school-record four all-conference selections, and head coach Jeff Mitchell being named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, a first for the North Texas program.
With the program on the rise, the much deeper league should only increase the level of productivity for the Mean Green. The increased amount of exposure and level of play produces an advantage for the Mean Green program and its image.
"The move will give us more credibility when it comes to recruiting," said Mitchell. "Prospective student-athletes always want to compete in a strong conference. They'll want to go to other North Texas sporting events that pit strong teams against us. This move gives us a more complete package in the recruiting wars."
"I am looking forward to North Texas being more visible in the world of college athletics. I think C-USA will give us that."