Afternoon surge leads No. 3 Men's Golf to one-stroke deficit at Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Oct. 10, 2011
DUBLIN, Ohio - The No. 3 Texas Men's Golf team soared up the Jack Nicklaus Invitational leaderboard Monday afternoon after carding a field-best 12-under-par 276 in the second round. Freshman Jordan Spieth (73-66=139, -5) ignited the surge with a 6-under 66 that included a stretch of four-straight birdies and put him one stroke behind 36-hole leader Thomas Pieters.
The Longhorns (299-276=575, -1) opened the two-day, 54-hole event tied for seventh place before slimming their team score by 23 strokes during the second round. Texas trails host Ohio State (286-288=574, -2) by one stroke while on a quest to claim its second-straight tournament victory since winning last week's Jerry Pate Intercollegiate by 20 strokes. Kent State (291-284) is also tied for second place.
After opening with a 1-over 73 on the Muirfield Village GC, Spieth charged back with a pair of birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, his first and second of the round. An additional birdie on the par-5 15th dropped the two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion to 3-under, and he closed in on the leaders with birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 before a bogey-bogey-par finish ended his chase.
Sophomore Toni Hakula (78-70=148) is tied for 21st place after replacing junior Cody Gribble prior to competition on Monday morning. Senior Adam Wennerstrom (78-81=159) rounds out the UT squad and is tied for 53rd.
The Longhorns are scheduled to begin Tuesday's finale in the lead group for the second straight week. Texas is paired alongside Ohio State and Kent State and set to tee off beginning at 8:20 a.m. Central in 10-minute increments on the first tee.
Team standings (through two rounds)
Top-12 individual standings (through two rounds)