BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After a tightly contested opening round of the NCAA Bowling Green Regional, North Texas was tied for fourth place after firing a 7-over-par 295 on Thursday.
The 26th-ranked Mean Green was locked in a four-way tie with No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 21 Clemson and No. 39 Memphis. No. 34 Chattanooga and Colorado State were 6 over in a tie for second place.
The Club at Olde Stone was unforgiving as only one team, No. 3 UCLA, finished under par. The Bruins led the field at 4 under par after 18 holes.
UNT is in prime position to advance to the NCAA finals for the first time since the regional format began.
Freshman Jason Roets played a superb round and tied for seventh place with an even-par 72. Roets had three birdies, and only a double bogey on his final hole prevented him from shooting under par.
Ty Spinella and Carlos Ortiz were one stroke behind Roets at 1 over par. Spinella raced out to 4 under after his first five holes, capped by an eagle on the par-4 14th hole, but he was 4 over on the front nine and posted a 73. Ortiz had three birdies and is tied with Spinella in 11th place.
Rodolfo Cazaubon and Curtis Donahoe shot 77 and 78, respectively. Cazaubon had 14 pars, three bogeys and one double bogey. Donahoe was tied for 53rd while Cazaubon was tied for 46th.
UNT must stay in the top five to advance to the NCAA finals. The low five teams and the low individual not on a team finishing in the top five in each regional will advance. The finals will be played May 29 through June 3 at Rivera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.