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Women’s golf post a strong finish at ICON Invitational

Women’s golf post a strong finish at ICON Invitational

Women’s golf post a strong finish at ICON Invitational
February 25
14:07 2020

Day 2

The Mean Green posted a score of 287 in the third and final round of play at the ICON Invitational on Tuesday, matching their round 2 total and propelling them to a sixth place finish among the 14 teams competing.

This finish was made more impressive by the fact that UNT placed higher than Houston, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech in the tournament, three teams ranked in the top 35 nationally by golfstat.com prior to the tourney. This positions the Mean Green well to move up from their current ranking of No. 57.

Leading the way for the team were senior Lauren Cox and freshman Emilie Ricaud, carding a -2 and even par on the day respectively. This left them both at +2 for the tournament and tied for No. 15 individually.

The No.15 finish for Ricaud was her highest individual placement this season, and head coach Michael Akers was very pleased with her improvement this semester.

“She’s been improving as spring has gone on,” Akers said. “This was her best tournament competing for us.”

Finishing one stroke back of Cox and Ricaud for the weekend, junior Audrey Tan ended the tourney tied for No. 20 at +3 after scoring a one-over par 73 in the third round.

Sophomore Katie Finley carded an even-par 72 on the day to finish at +5 for the tournament and tied for No. 35.

Fellow sophomore Patricia Sinolungan fell back from day one with a third round score of 78, ending the tourney at +12 and tied for No. 57. Akers applauded the team’s depth in being able to place sixth despite Sinolungan’s challenging round.

“We have six players that could lead us in every tournament,” Akers said. “When you have the depth that we do, someone can have an off-day and we’re still okay.”

Freshman Marija Jucmane scored a 4-over par 76 for the day, finishing at +19 and tied for No. 69 to close out the tourney.

Akers was particularly pleased with his team’s overall performance in round 3 as they collectively shot one-under par.

“Any time you shoot under par as a team is very good,” Akers said.

Day 1

The Mean Green women’s golf team began play on Monday at the ICON Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas. After posting scores of 299 and 287 in the first two rounds, the team sits in seventh place out of 14 teams.

Sophomore Audrey Tan and freshman Emilie Ricaud lead the team after two rounds of play, each ending the day at 2-over par and tied for No. 19 individually.

Head coach David Akers was pleased with Ricaud’s performance, in particular, applauding her mentality.

“Emilie certainly had a great day,” Akers said. “I really like the energy she has and her demeanor.”

Coming in right on the heels of Tan and Ricaud was sophomore Patricia Sinolungan, who finished at +3 on the day and tied for No. 27,  improving on a first-round score of 76 to card a 71 in the second round.

Senior Lauren Cox is tied for No. 34 at the end of the day, carding rounds of 75 and 73 to end at +4, and sophomore Katie Finley finished at +5 for No. 42.

Competing as an individual, freshman Marija Jucmane ended the day at +15 after carding an 83 in round one and a 76 in round two.

Akers was pleased with the team’s second round in which every golfer improved on their score from round one.

“The second round was solid,” Akers said. “When you throw out a +2, you know the team is deep.”

Overall, Akers was satisfied with the team’s performance Monday and optimistic for day two.

“We are right where we want to be headed into the final round,” Akers said. “An under par round will really go a long way to improving our ranking nationally.”

UP NEXT: The Mean Green travel to St. George, Utah, to compete in the Entrada Invitational on March 9th and 10th, hosted by BYU.

Featured Image: Senior Lauren Cox practices her putting skills on the putting green before practice begins on Feb. 1, 2020. Image by Kyle Sproul

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