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North Texas golf teams start off the spring with different beginnings

North Texas golf teams start off the spring with different beginnings

North Texas golf teams start off the spring with different beginnings
February 27
16:16 2019

The North Texas men’s and women’s golf teams wrapped up their first tournaments of the spring semester on Feb. 26. The men’s golf team finished No. 10 in the Louisiana Classics, while the women’s team secured eighth place in the ICON Invitational, featuring six top-50 nationally ranked teams.

The ranked competition in regards to the final tournament ranks consisted of No. 33 Houston (first place), No. 27 Purdue (second place), No. 9 Kent State (third place), No. 20 TCU (fourth place) and No. 18 Clemson (tied-for-fifth place).

“We did very good against a really tough field, we’re very pleased to have finished with a top-10 finish,” womens head coach Michael Akers said.

Mean Green junior Lauren Cox watches her ball after a chip out of a sand trap. Courtesy Mean Green Sports/Rick Yeatts.

The Mean Green were able to pass No. 46 Texas Tech, led by freshman Patricia Sinolungan. Sinolungan established a new mark for best individual finish as a collegiate golfer, placing No. 11 at 3-over par. Her performance was trailed by junior Lauren Cox, who finished No. 19 after shooting 5-over par. This will be Cox’s fourth top-20 appearance in five tournaments this year.

Despite the conditions for the rainy and foggy tournament, Akers believed senior Sabina Pena displayed a pivotal performance in the final round. The women’s team shot 100 in the final round, the third best round of the day.

“Today it was Sabina,” Akers said. “She shot a 3-under-par 69, which was a great score considering the conditions of the course. She had six birdies on the day and just had a great round.”

On March 12-13, the women’s team will travel to Kailua, Hawaii, to compete at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

“We need to continue finishing strong in the final round as a team and owning the final round like we always do,” Pena said. “We have always come through in the final round.”  

The North Texas men’s golf team finished No. 10 at the Louisiana Classics, Tuesday at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, shooting 34-over par.

“We’re getting out of the gates a little slow this spring, I feel like we’re a better team compared to how we performed in this tournament,” mens head coach Brad Stracke said. “I know during the next few tournaments we’ll get back to form and get some of the rust off our clubs.”

Sophomore Viktor Forslund eyes his target during the team’s practice at Maridoe Golf Club. Image by: Jessika Hardy.

Sophomore Viktor Forslund shot 2-under-par in the final round to finish in a tie for No. 15, continuing to shoot five birdies in his final round and four on the front nine. Redshirt sophomore Kristoff Ulenaers shot 5-over par, tying for No. 18. Ulenaers was three shots behind the lead and ended the tournament with his best finish as a collegiate golfer.

“Obviously we didn’t play great, and it wasn’t our best tournament,” Forslund said. “I think going forward I’m sure we’ll play better, but we’ve started off the spring a bit badly.

UP NEXT: The men’s golf team will tee off March 11-12 at the General Hackler Championship in Conway, SC.

Featured Image: Senior Thomas Rosenmueller  practices at the driving range at Maridoe Golf Club. Image by: Jordan Collard 

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