Trinity Forest Invitational
Trinity Forest Golf Club | Dallas, Texas
The North Texas women's golf team returns to the course a week after a strong finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin against a loaded field. The Mean Green will close out the fall season in Dallas at SMU's Trinity Forest Invitational.
The Trinity Forest Golf Club will play at 6,233 yards, and will be a par-72 course. The two-day event begins Monday, when teams will play 36 holes, teeing off at 8 a.m., for a shotgun start. The final round will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, for a shotgun start.
There are 12 teams participating in the tournament, including five teams in the top 50 of the GolfStat national poll and two more (Kansas and Kentucky) ranked just outside the top 50: No. 43 Colorado, Dallas Baptist, No. 18 Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Texas, No. 25 Oregon State, No. 42 SMU, No. 40 Tennessee, Tennessee-Chattanooga and UT San Antonio.
Competing for the Mean Green will be Sabina Pena
, Lauren Cox
, Patricia Sinolungan
, Audrey Tan
, Sol Lee
and Claire Cameron
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.
LAST TIME OUT:
North Texas finished 10th out of 13 teams at the Betsy Rawls Invitational at UT Golf Club in Austin last week. The tournament featured a loaded field, including the nation's No. 1 team in Alabama. No. 6 Texas won the event on its home course, and the nine teams that finished ahead of North Texas were all ranked in the top 50. Junior Lauren Cox
tied for 26th place after shooting a 9-over par.
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 before the Betsy Rawls, and has North Texas ranked No. 103. Heading into this tournament, UNT is ranked No. 93.
"Once again, the field is good so it gives us a great opportunity to improve our ranking heading into the offseason. We improved 10 spots in the national rankings after (the Betsy Rawls Invitational), so that proves that strength of schedule is vital to having an opportunity to receive an at-large bid for the NCAAs."
North Texas will hit the offseason before beginning its spring slate at The Dickson on Feb. 25-26, at The Woodlands Country Club near Houston.