Gribble, Hudson lead Men's Golf through opening rounds at Jack Nicklaus Invitational
Oct. 11, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by senior Bobby Hudson and sophomore Cody Gribble, No. 8 Texas remained in striking distance of the team title after shooting 26-over par through the first two rounds of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational Monday at the Scioto Country Club.
The Longhorns shot a 23-over 303 in Monday's morning round before producing the low afternoon round among the 10-team field with a 3-over 283. Texas sits in a tie for fourth place at 26-over par heading into Tuesday's final round. Arkansas leads the event at 18-over par, while Oklahoma State sits in second at 20-over par. Illinois holds third place at 21-over par, and the Longhorns sit in fourth alongside USC at 26-over par. Illinois' Luke Guthrie and Arkansas' Jamie Marshall are tied for the lead individually at even-par through 36 holes.
Hudson finished the day at seven-over par with rounds of 74 and 73. Hudson notched the only eagle of the day at the 12th hole, a par-five at 550 yards. Hudson (Memphis, Tenn.) is tied for 14th place heading into the final round. Gribble (Dallas, Texas) shot a 7-over 77 in round one before following with an even-par 70 in round two behind two birdies and only two bogeys. Gribble joins Hudson in a tie for 14th place at 7-over par heading into the final round.
Junior Dylan Frittelli (Pretoria, South Africa) sank three birdies on the day en route to a 4-over 74 in both rounds on Monday. Frittelli is tied for 17th place at 8-over par. Sophomore Johnathan Schnitzer carded an 8-over 78 in round one before following with a 1-over 71 in round two. Schnitzer started with a 38 on his opening nine in the second round before finishing the back nine with a 33 behind two birdies and zero bogeys. Schnitzer (Houston, Texas) is tied for 20th place at 9-over par.
Sophomore Julio Vegas scored the low round of the day for the Longhorns in the second round. Vegas countered his opening-round 81 with a 1-under 69 in round two. Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) birdied the sixth and seventh holes in round two and did not mark a bogey on his scorecard until the 17th hole. Vegas is tied for 25th place at 10-over par.
Texas tees off in the final round Tuesday at 8:34 a.m. Central.
Texas head coach John Fields
"We got off to a poor start. I know the guys were ready to play, but it did not show. The 303 in the morning was definitely not what we had in mind. However, we came back very strong in the afternoon. Julio Vegas' second round was outstanding, as was Cody Gribble's second round. It is time for us to take this momentum, play well tomorrow and remain in the hunt for the team title."
Jack Nicklaus Invitational (Scioto Country Club (par 70, 7,140 yards)
Team Standings (Top Five)