Mean Green Athletics has received a gift in the amount of $15,000 from Carlos Ortiz (’13) that will fund the purchase of a TrackMan (state of the art training equipment). The new equipment is portable and will be used on campus or at the new practice facility to be located at the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. Earlier this year, Ortiz designated UNT as the beneficiary of a $7,500 donation made on his behalf by The Century Club of San Diego.
Carlos Ortiz is from Guadalajara, Mexico and came to UNT as a highly sought-after prospect in 2009. He was the number one player in the Mexican Golf Federation and was also part of the National Junior Golf Team for Mexico. While at UNT, Ortiz won the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championship and was named to the All-Conference Team for four consecutive years. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in International Studies. Ortiz turned professional upon graduation and was the 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year. He currently plays on the PGA Tour.
The TrackMan training tool uses two radar systems to analyze the trajectory of the ball and angle of the golf club. One radar system tracks everything the club does before, during, and after impact including club face angle and swing direction. The other system tracks the full ball flight – from launch to landing including launch angle and curvature. The TrackMan provides instant feedback and will be a valuable development tool.
Once called the "Notre Dame" of men's golf, North Texas Men’s Golf has won 83 tournament championships, including four NCAA crowns and 30 conference titles. Under Head Coach Brad Stracke, the program is enjoying a rebirth to national prominence. After capturing the first Conference USA title in school history in 2015 and winning the third league crown in four years, Stracke was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year. It is the second time he has been named Coach of the Year in the last three seasons. The 2015 season saw the Mean Green advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 34th time in school history and win the Conference USA championship.
"We are grateful for this donation, which will help support the training and development of both the men’s and women’s golf team,” said UNT men’s golf coach Brad Stracke. "We are proud of Carlos' many accomplishments and look forward to watching his career grow.”
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Above, Carlos Ortiz.