Men's Golf preview: National Invitational Tournament
March 15, 2010
NEXT UP: After placing seventh over the weekend at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, No. 4 Texas heads to Arizona for the National Invitational Tournament.
WHERE: Tucson National Golf Club (par 72, 7,510 yards) – Tucson, Ariz.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 17 (36 holes) and Thursday, March 18 (tee times TBA)
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD: (Golfweek/Sagarin performance rankings): #43 Arizona, #44 Baylor, #21 California, #32 Colorado State, New Mexico, Purdue, #35 SMU, #17 TCU, Texas, #16 Texas Tech, Tulsa, UTEP, Wyoming
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed seventh in the 15-team Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on March 14 in Las Vegas, Nev. Freshman Cody Gribble and sophomore Dylan Frittelli both finished in a tie for fifth place.
Dylan Frittelli (So. - Pretoria, South Africa)
Bobby Hudson (Jr. – Memphis, Tenn.)
Charlie Holland (Sr. – Dallas, Texas)
•74.67 stroke average in 15 rounds this season
•tied for eighth at the season-opening Topy Cup last September in Japan
•tied his season-low round last month with a 68 at the Puerto Rico Classic, where he tied for 19th place
Lance Lopez (Sr. – Missouri City, Texas)
Johnathan Schnitzer [playing as an individual] (Fr. – Houston, Texas)
LAST SEASON: Texas registered six top-five finishes, including two victories, in 12 events played during the 2008-09 season. The Longhorns opened last season by sharing the team championship with LSU at the 2008 Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. UT added a victory at the 19-team Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational last fall in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Texas placed eighth at the Big 12 Championships last spring before taking third at the NCAA Austin Regional Championship at The University of Texas Golf Club to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Texas placed 26th in the 30-team field at the NCAA Championships.
WHO RETURNS: Texas returns four student-athletes who started all 12 events last season, and another, senior Lance Lopez, who competed in 11 of 12 events. Lopez earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Golf Coaches’ Association of America (GCAA) last season after winning the NCAA Austin Regional Championship. Senior Charlie Holland enjoyed a productive summer that culminated with a semifinals appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship last month in Tulsa, Okla.
Junior Bobby Hudson (Memphis, Tenn.) started all 12 events last season and contributed one top-10 individual finish. Sophomores Adam Wennerstrom (Austin, Texas), Steffan Schmieding (Austin, Texas), Brett Spencer (Plano, Texas) and redshirt freshman Julio Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) are joined by true freshmen Cody Gribble (Dallas, Texas) and Johnathan Schnitzer (Houston, Texas).