No. 17 Men's Golf sits in 10th place after first round of Puerto Rico Classic
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- UT senior Matt Bortis shot a two-under 70 to finish the opening round in a tie for 13th place Sunday to lead the Longhorns in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Classic. Texas sits in a tie for 10th place with an even-par 288 after the opening round at the par 72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar Country Club. East Tennessee State leads the 18-team, 54-hole event with a 15-under 273.
"I thought we played solid golf today," said UT coach John Fields. "This is a great tournament field with many highly-ranked teams. We definitely left some shots on the course; however, this being our first round of the spring season, I felt the guys did a good job today."
Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) shot a 36 on the front nine before lowering to a 34 on the back nine to end the opening round with his two-under 70. Senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) also opened with a 36 on the front nine and totaled a 35 on the back nine to end the day in a tie for 24th place with a one-under 71.
"I am very happy for Matt Bortis and Jhonattan Vegas," Fields said. "I am very happy for Matt Bortis and Jhonattan Vegas...both had under-par rounds and kept us in the hunt."
Freshman Lance Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) notched the best front-nine score with a 35, but he dropped off to a 38 on the back nine to end the day in a tie for 44th place at one-over par. Redshirt freshman Charlie Holland (Dallas, Texas) sits in a tie for 52nd place after carding a two-over 74.
Senior Farren Keenan (Middlesex, England) ended the opening round with a three-over 75 and sits in a tie for 59th place.
"Farren Keenan finished with a double bogey and two bogeys in his final four holes, which is unusual, so I look for a solid round from him tomorrow," Fields said.
Texas tees off again on Monday at 7 a.m. Central.
Puerto Rico Classic - Rio Mar Country Club