Men's Golf preview: Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship
March 12, 2009
UP NEXT: #15 Texas continues spring tournament play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship.
WHEN: Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 – play will begin at 10 a.m. Central each day.
WHERE: Southern Highlands Golf Club (par 72, 7,510 yards) – Las Vegas, Nev.
WHO: Joining Texas will be tournament host UNLV, Arizona, #9 Arizona State, Auburn, California, Charlotte, #4 Clemson, #7 Florida, #1 Georgia, #11 Georgia Tech, #3 Oklahoma State, #20 Texas A&M, #19 UCLA and #2 USC (rankings from Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, March 11). Texas’ No. 15 rank marks its highest spot in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll since February of 2007, when UT was ranked 17th.
TEXAS LINEUP: Texas coach John Fields will start junior Charlie Holland (Dallas, Texas), sophomore Donald Constable (Wayzata, Minn.), sophomore Bobby Hudson (Memphis, Tenn.), freshman Dylan Frittelli (Pretoria, South Africa) and junior Lance Lopez (Missouri City, Texas).
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LAST TIME OUT: Freshman Dylan Frittelli tied for medalist honors (12-under par) on March 1 at the 15-team Puerto Rico Classic to become the third current Longhorn to win a college tournament. Texas placed fourth at 11-under for the tournament.
HOT START FOR HORNS: Texas opened the season by tying LSU for the team title at the 12-team Gopher Invitational. Holland tied for second at one-under par to land his sixth top-10 finish as a Longhorn, and Constable tied for eighth at three-over par. The Horns went on to take fifth at the Olympia Fields Invitational before scoring its second tournament victory of the season when it captured the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate on Nov. 12 in Kahuku, Hawaii.
WHO RETURNS: Texas returns three starters from the 2008 squad that placed 19th at the NCAA Championships and took second at the Big 12 Championships. Junior Charlie Holland returns after earning GCAA third-team All-America honors last season, during which he took medalist honors at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
UT also returns sophomore Bobby Hudson, who set the course record with a 65 at The University of Texas Golf Club last April en route to medalist honors at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Junior Lance Lopez also returns after playing in the last two NCAA Championships for the Longhorns. Sophomore Donald Constable played in four events last season and has earned a start in all five tournaments this season.