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Golf: North Texas tied for Sun Belt lead

North Texas’ Ty Spinella shot a 71 in the opening round to take the first-round lead in the Sun Belt Conference tournament Monday on the Fighting Joe Course at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Club in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

UNT, ranked No. 27 nationally, is tied for first place in the team standings with No. 47 Middle Tennessee. Both teams shot a 10-over 298 and have a nine-shot lead over third-place South Alabama. All five UNT players are in the top 25. Rodolfo Cazaubon shot a 75 and is tied for seventh place, while Jason Roets and Carlos Ortiz both shot 76 and are tied for 11th.

Curtis Donahoe shot a 78 and is tied for 23rd.

— From news reports