Texas mens golf finishes in 7th at Collegiate Highland
The Texas men's golf team came into Las Vegas riding high after their win in Puerto Rico last month, but struggled a bit in the very talented field at the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters on Sunday. The Longhorns managed a 7th place team finish amongst fifteen teams that boasted some of the top men's college golfers.
UNLV and UCLA tied for the tournament win with a three-round team score of 899 (35-over par). The Horns put together a team score of 919 (55-over par) which included an eighteen stroke improvement from round two to round three. This was a respectable showing for the Longhorns considering the windy conditions that plagued players most of the weekend.
Cody Gribble and Dlyan Frittelli were at it again leading the way for this young Texas team. Both golfers finished in a tie for fifth at 6-over par, just three strokes behind the leader. This is now Gribble's fifth top-five finish out of his seven starts this year. Frittelli notched the team's low round for Texas with a final round 73 which catapulted him into the top five. This marks Frittelli's fourth top-five finish on the year. The three golfers rounding out the starting five for the Longhorns were Bobby Hudson (43rd place, 20-over par), Charlie Holland (64th place, 25-over par), and Lance Lopez (70th place, 28-over par). Johnathan Schnitzer played the Southern Highland as an individual and finished at 42-over par which was good for 79th place. Despite the 7th place finish, Texas coach John Fields was encouraged by the Horns play. "The tournament field was loaded, so the consolation is we got past some great teams. We have plenty of motivation going into our next event this week in Arizona," said coach Fields.
The Longhorns are ready for another loaded tournament field as they start play on Wednesday at the National Invitational Tournament in Tuscon Arizona. Arizona National Golf Club will play host to this tournament.