Golf teams falter in separate Texas tournaments

Golf teams falter in separate Texas tournaments

April 08
22:40 2013

Ryne Gannoe / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green men and women’s golf teams struggled in separate Texas tournaments this weekend.

A&M Invitational

The No. 33 Mean Green men’s golf team placed 11th out of 12 teams at the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, last weekend. Headed into the tournament, UNT was the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, but still finished ahead of Texas Tech University.

All 12 teams at the Aggie Invitational were ranked in the top 50 nationally, including the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide – the team that won the invitational.

Men’s golf head coach Brad Stracke said the team didn’t play up to its potential.

“The A&M Golf tournament was the second strongest field of the year in college golf,” Stracke said. “If you don’t bring your A or B game you will get smoked. Unfortunately, this week we brought our D game and the results speak for themselves.”

Senior Carlos Ortiz had UNT’s best single-round performance on the final day. His 16 pars and two birdies gave UNT its only day with an individual score under par.

Ortiz tied for 40th place, the Mean Green’s highest individual finish. The team was 11 strokes better than the previous day when it had been tied for last with Texas Tech.

“I was happy with how we bounced back the final round to beat Texas Tech and were close to clipping Oklahoma State with three holes to play,” Stracke said. “Our best golf is ahead of us in the postseason. We have a great team and these guys will prove that in the next few weeks.”

UNT’s next tournament, the Morris Intercollegiate, will be held on April 13 and 14 in Austin.

SMU Invitational

Freshman Georgina Mundy was the Mean Green women’s golf team leader for the second straight tournament. Mundy held 34th place after two rounds, but would fall to 42nd after shooting an 11-over par in the final round.
UNT finished 12th out of a field of 15 teams.

Women’s golf head coach Jeff Mitchell said he was hoping for a top-10 finish.

“I just felt like we had lost such a good opportunity,” Mitchell said. “It’s not like I’m upset with the team or anything. If we could have just figured out a way to gut it out and eliminate some of the others, we had the opportunity to beat some teams that would really make a difference in the rankings.”

Mitchell said this season’s difficulties coincided with the weather. This weekend, the wind had sustained speeds up to 21 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph.

“The whole year has been such a struggle with the weather,” Mitchell said. “I can’t remember an entire season when we’ve played in so much wind and a lot of rain. Just a lot of difficult weather. It wears on you even if you’re good players.”

While the team struggled against 10 representatives in the national top-100 rankings, the team is hoping to build off the experience for the upcoming Sun Belt tournament, junior Taylor Kilponen said.

“I played a lot better on the last day and had my mind where I wanted it to be,” Kilponen said. “I’m going to take it all and learn from everything and not make any of the mistakes I made before.”

The Sun Belt Conference Championship takes place in Muscle Shoals, Ala., April 15 to 17.

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