PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The retooled game of junior Jason Roets took another leap forward as he shot a career-low round of 7-under 65 to help North Texas shoot up the leader board after two rounds of the John Hayt Invitational.
Roets caught fire and shot a bogey-free second round with seven birdies to climb to third place, while the Mean Green had the lowest round of the day in the second round at 10-under par to move into fourth place.
After the first round was completed early in the morning due to weather delays on Sunday, UNT was in ninth place at 11-over.
The Mean Green took advantage of the famed TPC Sawgrass course in the second round with their best score of the year at 278 and the lowest score of any team in the field in the two rounds of play.
North Texas roared past No. 27 Liberty and No. 47 Tennessee and trails only three teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation — No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 6 UCF and No. 13 UAB — heading into today’s final round.
The 65 by Roets is the lowest score by a Mean Green player since 2010. He got rolling in the second round with four straight birdies on Holes 2, 3, 4 and 5. He tacked on three more birdies to finish at 7-under par. The 65 came on the heels of an opening round of 73 and Roets is at 6-under 138 for the tournament, three strokes off the lead.
Gonzalo Rubio is in the top 20 at 1-over 145. Rubio shaved five shots off his opening-round score of 75 to post a 2-under par 70 in the second round to move into a tie for 20th. Juan Munoz is tied for 36th after an even-par round of 72 on the first 18 holes and then a 4-over 76.
Freshman Andrew Hudson and Cory Churchman both rebounded nicely in the second round after first-round struggles.
Hudson shot 72 in the second round after a 79, while Churchman was 1 under in the second round after a score of 85 in the first round.
UNT women in fourth
CORPUS CHRISTI — Behind solid play from Taylor Kilponen and Eji Kwon, UNT started the spring season off on a strong note as it sits in fourth place after the first day of the Islander Spring Classic.
Kilponen and Kwon are both in the top 15 after 36 holes as the Mean Green shot rounds of 308 and 307. Kilponen is tied for eighth place after shooting a 3-over 75 in the first round followed by a 74 for a total of 5-over 149. She is only six strokes off the lead heading into today’s final round.
Kwon is only two shots behind at 151 after the freshman shot 75 and 76. Laura DeLeonardis is tied for 32nd with a score of 157, while Chaslyn Chrismer is one stroke back with a two-round score of 158. Brooke Bailey is tied for 52nd place with a score of 162.
The Mean Green begin the final round nine strokes from third place as Lamar holds the overall team lead with a score of 597.