No. 4 Men's Golf takes first-round lead at Schenkel Invitational
March 15, 2013
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Fueled by a pair of 4-under-par 68s by sophomore Kramer Hickok and freshman Brandon Stone, the No. 4 Texas Men’s Golf team fired an 8-under 280 in Friday’s opening round of the Schenkel Invitational to lead the 15-team field at Forest Heights Country Club. Hickok and Stone are in a four-way tie for second place and one stroke behind first-round leader Justin Thomas (67).
On the heels of a final-round 69 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters last weekend, Hickok notched his second-consecutive round in the 60s Friday afternoon. Hickok bogeyed Forest Heights’ opening hole, but quickly followed up with his first of six birdies on the next. After a stretch of four straight pars, he sank back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 and dipped to 3-under through 10 holes with his fourth subpar immediately after the turn. His following three holes were a par-bogey-birdie stretch to remain at -3, and following four more pars, his sixth birdie came on the closing hole to finish the day at 4-under 68.
Stone’s opening-round scorecard was flawless with four birdies on the third, fourth, seventh and 18 holes.
Junior Toni Hakula finished three strokes behind Hickok and Stone with a 71 for the Longhorns’ third under-par round of the day. At 1-over through six holes, Hakula caught fire with three-straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 to turn at -2. A pair of bogeys and a fourth birdie on the back nine resulted in his 71. Hakula enters Saturday’s second round tied for 13th.
Saturday’s second-round pairings will be available later this afternoon at Golfstatresults.com.
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