Women's Golf

Mean Green Open SunTrust Gator Invitational Saturday

March 9, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Florida - The North Texas women's golf team continues its spring season at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, a 54-hole tournament played over two days on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament, which is hosted by Florida, will be played at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

THE EVENT: Mark Bostick Golf Course is a 6,002-yard, par 70 course. The two-day tournament will see the teams play 36 holes on Saturday and the final 18 on Sunday. Only the top four scores from each team count toward the team's score for each round. The tee time for Saturday begins with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. CT, and Sunday gets going at 8 a.m., also with a shotgun start.

THE FIELD: There are 13 teams participating in the 46th annual SunTrust Gator Invite: the Mean Green, No. 12 Florida, No. 44 Campbell, No. 35 Clemson, Daytona State College, Florida International, No. 7 Furman, No. 33 Ole Miss, Oregon, Southern Miss, No. 40 Tennessee, UCF and South Florida. The Mean Green are ranked No. 92 in the latest GolfStat poll.

REPRESENTING THE MEAN GREEN: Competing for the Mean Green will be junior Sol Lee, sophomore Lauren Cox, junior Sabina Pena, senior Nyca Khaw and sophomore Elena Kim. The quintet all competed last time out at The Dickson.

RESULTS: Live results will be available on Golfstat.com. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on MeanGreenSports.com at the conclusion of the day.

LAST TIME OUT: North Texas tied for 11th place in a weather-shortened version of The Dickson. Lee led the way for the Mean Green, finishing at +1, which tied for 21st after firing a 73, while Cox shot a two-over 74 to place in a tie for 32nd.

TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: North Texas has made significant strides since head coach Michael Akers took over roughly 20 months ago. The Mean Green were ranked No. 201 following the 2015-16 season, and since Akers arrived in Denton, UNT has soared 109 spots to break into the top 100.

AKERS SAYS: "I am really excited to get to Florida and play in the Gator," Akers said. "I used to work golf camps at the University of Florida's course and I really like it. We showed some good things in Houston, but unfortunately did not get to play 54 holes. The grass in Houston was growing and it was wet. The conditions in Florida will probably be similar. It has been fun to watch this team grow and improve. We still lack depth, but most of our players are committed and believe we can compete against the caliber of competition I have scheduled. This tournament has some extremely good teams and that is exactly who we want to play against. You cannot become the best unless you play against the best."

UP NEXT: North Texas will be back in action from the Mountain View Collegiate on March 23-25. The event is hosted by Missouri and Kansas State at the Mountain View Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.

HOME SWEET MARIDOE: North Texas has enjoyed its first year in its new home - the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton. The course opened to members in July and gives the Mean Green a state-of-the-art home course with world-class facilities, including a fully-dedicated practice facility, complete with a two-ended driving range to account for many varying wind conditions, a sprawling three-acre short game retreat and indoor facilities with state-of-the-art hitting bays that provide tools the program has not yet had at its disposal.
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