The North Texas women’s golf team begins a new era in the 2008-09 season as veteran and crafty head coach Jeff Mitchell takes the reins of the program for the first year. The new Mean Green leader, a proven winning at all levels of professional and collegiate golf, has already seen the results paying off as North Texas sees a rapid improvement on the horizon.
The Mean Green features of roster big on talent, experience, and youth. North Texas has just one senior heading into the year, Halli Richard, but a roster that is very seasoned.
Richards, who has battled through countless injuries in her career, had the second lowest stroke average on the team last season. She was very durable, playing in nine tournaments and posting her best finish at the Islander Spring Classic with a 10th place finish. She will be counted on for leadership as will the junior class for North Texas of Janna Golden, Kelsie Gray, Maggie Noel, and Jordan Rose.
Golden lived up to her name in the fall as she had the lowest stroke average on the team. She took home second place the NT Fall Classic and was the lowest individual finisher. You can trace Golden’s improvement back to last season as she closed the spring year with a flurry.
She had three top 25 finishes in the three of the final four tournaments. Her rapid growth started at the Baja Invitational where she took home fifth place. She ended the season with a strong finish at the SBC Championship.
Gray looks for the same kind of improvement under the leadership of Coach Mitchell. She had her best season for North Texas last season and looks to take the next step this season.
Noel played in the most tournaments for North Texas last season. She had her best tournament at the Challenge at Wolfdancer where she posted back-to-back rounds of 74 and took home sixth place. Noel had a top 25 finish at the Islander Spring Classic last spring and looks for even better results this season.
Rose had the third best stroke average on the team last year and was one of the more consistent players for the Mean Green. She had two straight top 20 finishes to start the year off and ended the season with a strong performance at the SBC Championship. In the fall this season she had one of the more inspiring performances of the season at the NT Fall Classic.
Playing through an injury, Rose ended the tournament in 6th place, the best finish in her career.
Sophomore’s Chandra Alexander and Kyla Whittley both have promising careers ahead of themselves at North Texas. Alexander as a true freshman posted the lowest stroke average on the team for the Mean Green. A model of consistency, Alexander had two top 20 finishes last season and looks to build on that this season. Whittley had her best tournament in Mexico at the Baja Invitational as she finished in 43rd place.
True freshman Addison Long is a very promising young talent for North Texas. She has already shown her abilities in the fall but her accomplishments coming into North Texas showed a very bright beginning. Long was the 2008 Class 3A state champion at Andrews High School.
She was three-time first-team all-state selection and a four-time all-region selection at Andrews HS. Long was a four-time first-team all-district player and the 2008 District Medalist. Long was the individual medalist 16 times in her high school career and 14 times in junior tournaments.
In the fall Long became the first North Texas freshman golfer to post three top 25 finishes to start her career since the 2004-05 season. With the second lowest stroke average on the team, Long finished in 6th place in her first Division I tournament at the NT Fall Classic. She followed that up with a 24th and 23rd place finish at her next two tournaments. She had only one round in the 80’s in the fall out of 12 played.
North Texas with a new foundation in place with Coach Mitchell has its eye on a rapid rise in the Sun Belt Conference.