No. 1 Men's Golf finishes second at Aggie Invitational
April 22, 2012
BRYAN, Texas -- The No. 1 Texas Men’s Golf team fired a field-best 3-under-par 357 in Sunday’s final round of The Aggie Invitational at Traditions Club to claim runner-up honors in its final regular-season tournament. Through 11 events, the Longhorns have finished no lower than sixth place and have collected seven tournament crowns.
The Longhorns, who played without top-ranked collegian Jordan Spieth due to his sponsor exemption in the PGA TOUR Valero Texas Open, finished the weekend at 40-over-par (385-378-357=1120) to finish in a second-place tie with host Texas A&M (1120, +40). No. 8 Oregon won the team championship after tying Texas' best round of the day and closed the tournament at 29-over (376-376-357=1109). The Aggie Invitational was a non-traditional six-player format with each team counting five individual scores each round.
Sophomore Toni Hakula led UT on the individual leaderboard with a career-best tie for third place at 2-over 218 (74-72-72). Junior Julio Vegas finished five strokes back at 223 (73-77-73) for 10th place. Vegas enters postseason competition with five top-10s in 10 starts.
Freshman Kramer Hickok matched his season-low with a final-round 71. Hickok birdied the 18th hole with a spectacular 30-foot chip in to finish at 11-over 227 (83-73-71) and tied for a season-best 17th place.
Senior Alex Moon (79-77-73=229) recorded his fourth top-30 in as many events with a tie for 24th place. Senior Dylan Frittelli (78-81-70) and junior Cody Gribble (80-79-71) finished tied for 29th place. Senior Adam Wennerstrom finished in 52nd place while competing as an individual for the Longhorns.
Texas now turns its attention to the Big 12 Championships, which get underway next weekend at Whispering Pines in Trinity, Texas.
Final Team Standings
Final Top-10 Individual Standings
On the team’s effort: Everyone stepped up and it was great. We got off to a solid start today. Dylan played more like ‘normal Dylan.’ Yesterday was tough for him. It was the kind of day that you forget about and don’t even worry about, to be honest. Toni played fantastic golf this week. Julio was super solid again, just like he has been all year. As a team, this group is coming into form going into next weekend.
Sophomore Toni Hakula
On the difficulty of the course: It was a tough weekend. The pins were tucked, the wind was blowing yesterday, and the greens have been pretty firm so you can’t stop the ball. Once you started attacking these pins, if you missed the greens at all, you would be in a tough position to make par.