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Golf teams looking forward to spring play after mixed results in fall

Golf teams looking forward to spring play after mixed results in fall

November 10
13:34 2015

Torie Mosley | Staff Writer

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The North Texas men’s and women’s golf teams had mixed results this fall season. The men performed mostly well and the women’s squad played poorly throughout the semester.

The women’s team only finished in the top 10 in one of its four tournaments during the fall season.

“Our fall season was disappointing overall,” women’s head coach Barry Niemann said. “We’re a lot better than how we’ve been playing lately.”

The Mean Green’s best finish came in at the Bob Hurley Shootout in Tulsa, Oklahoma in September. Junior Eji Kwon scored her second lowest finish of her career with a three-round score of 221 to tie for sixth place in the tournament. The score makes for her eighth top-20 finish and her third top-10 finish, posting a final round of 5-over par 77.

University of North Texas mens golf team head shots, team photo and posed action shots.

Courtesy | Rick Yeatts

Freshman Kalli Jennings also posted her first top-20 finish as she ended in a tie for 20th place at the Oklahoma tournament. Jennings thinks North Texas has a lot of talent to offer but just has not performed consistently well.

“This fall was so frustrating because we know we’re better than that,” Jennings said. “One of us would play a good tournament and the rest wouldn’t. We can’t do well playing like that.”

The Andrews High School alum plans to work hard this off-season before the spring season starts because she has also had issues playing consistently throughout the semester.

“I was very disappointed in my overall play because I would do well some days, and then my putting would be really good or really bad,” she said. “I need to do well in the next tournament and hit the ground running to gain confidence before conference.”

Sophomore Nyca Khaw agrees with her coach and teammates that the team needs to perform much better in the spring.

“We had a pretty rough fall,” Khaw said. “We didn’t do too well overall, but we were good at different times.”

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Courtesy | Rick Yeatts

Khaw shot her lowest round of the fall season at the 38th FIU Pat Bradley Invitational last month in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. She shot 2-over par 74 bouncing back from an opening round of 83.

The Mean Green finished in fourth place at the Conference USA Championships last season, its best conference championship finish since 2011. The experience gives Khaw a little hope that brighter days are ahead of the team.

“Last year we still played good after not doing too well throughout the year,” Khaw said. “I think we can still come back in the spring and be a top three team by the end of the season.”

The men’s team had a much better fall season.

The men’s squad had three top four finishes of their four tournaments, including edging Michigan State University to win the Quail Valley Collegiate Invite in Vero Beach, Florida. The victory made this season the sixth straight year North Texas has won at least one tournament title.

Freshman Thomas Rosenmueller has led the Mean Green this fall season and scored a freshman school record 63 in Florida.

“The [Florida] tournament was pretty good, especially in the first and last round,” Rosenmueller said. “There were some things that could be better, but I’m not complaining.”

Rosenmueller became just the eighth player in the nation to shoot a 63 this season and the first North Texas freshman to win an individual title since Anthony Broussard in 2005.

The German native feels pleased with his performance on the collegiate level so far but is not surprised for one second.

“I played a great summer, so I was in good shape when I came over here,” he said.

The Mean Green will look to Rosenmueller to play well in the spring when they start their quest to win back-to-back conference championships in San Antonio at the Oak Hills Intercollegiate tournament in February.

The women play their first spring tournament at the Texas State Spring Challenge in New Braunfels in February.

Featured Image: Courtesy | Rick Yeatts

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