Lauren Cox With Akers
Rick Yeatts

UNT Heads To Austin For Quick Turnaround

Betsy Rawls Invitational
UT Golf Club | Austin, Texas

The North Texas women's golf team returns to action after just a two-day break, as it takes part in the Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin.
 
THE EVENT: The UT Golf Club will play this weekend at 6,491 yards, and will be a par-72 course. The three-day event begins Friday, with teams teeing off at 8 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Sunday tee times will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
 
THE FIELD: There are 13 teams participating in the tournament, including nine teams in the top 50 of the first GolfStat national poll of the season: No. 1 Alabama, No. 28 Baylor, No. 40 Colorado, No. 7 Florida, No. 16 Kent State, New Mexico, North Texas, No. 49 SMU, No. 6 Texas, No. 41 Texas A&M, Texas State, No. 38 Texas Tech and Tulane.
 
RESULTS: Live results will be posted on GolfStat.com. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com at the end of each round.

TELEVISION: There will be a tape-delayed package on Longhorn Network recapping the event on Nov. 9, from 7-9 p.m.
 
LAST TIME OUT: North Texas finished sixth out of nine teams at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational at TPC San Antonio earlier this week. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after the second day was canceled due to heavy rain and unplayable conditions. Senior Sabina Pena finished tied for 10th, while junior Lauren Cox tied for 14th place.
 
TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: North Texas has made significant strides since head Michael Akers took over roughly three years ago. The Mean Green were ranked No. 201 following the 2015-16 season, and since Akers arrived in Denton, UNT has soared as many as 109 spots to break into the top 100, and ended last season 92 spots better than when he arrived in Denton. The first official ranking of 2018-19 was released this week and has North Texas ranked No. 103.
 
AKERS SAYS: "Our team is very good, but we just have not been able to get four good scores at the same time. It is a constant process to build confidence and create the mindset to shoot scores lower than we ever have. It all begins between the ears, then we also get into the details with technique, training and equipment."
 
UP NEXT: North Texas will wrap up its fall schedule in Dallas at the Trinity Forest Invitational, hosted by SMU on its home course, Trinity Forest Golf Club. The three-round tournament will be played over two days, Oct. 29-30.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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