Rodolfo Cazaubon’s goal of reaching the NCAA Golf Championship is now a reality.
The North Texas senior scorched the Palouse Ridge Golf Course with a 4-under 68 in the final round of the NCAA Pullman (Wash.) Regional and will play for the national championship in Atlanta in 10 days. Cazaubon advanced by virtue of being the lowest individual player on a team not advancing to the finals.
Cazaubon is the first individual from UNT to play for the national golf title in the modern era. UNT finished 12th in the 14-team field as a team after shooting a final round of even-par 288 to end at 1-over for the regional.
Cazaubon tied for the second lowest score and finished in a tie for sixth place at 7-under 209.
His final round started on hole 10, and he took advantage of the back nine holes. Cazaubon recorded four birdies on the back nine and was 4-under. Cazaubon pushed it to 5-under before dropping back to 4-under with his only bogey on the day, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from qualifying for the national tournament.
Senior Carlos Ortiz closed out his career at UNT with a final round of 74 and finished in a tie for 49th place.
Ortiz ends his run with the Mean Green as one of the most decorated players in school history. He, along with Cazaubon, was a four-time all-Sun Belt Conference player. They are only the second and third players ever to be four-time all-conference selections.
Senior Marco Scarola shot 75 and finished in a tie for 55th. Scarola shot the best round of his career in the opening round with a 6-under 66.
Senior Curtis Donahoe shot a final round of 79 and finished in a tie for 64th. Donahoe leaves UNT as a four-year letterman and was a key part of the Mean Green’s run to back-to-back conference titles and three straight trips to the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Jason Roets had his best day of the regional with a 71. He posted five birdies on the day.
No. 1 California, No. 11 TCU, No. 13 USC, No. 24 St. Mary’s and Ball State advanced from the Pullman Regional to the NCAA finals, along with Cazaubon.
Cazaubon’s quest for the national title begins May 28 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta