Lopez leads Men's Golf in opening round at Morris Williams Intercollegiate
AUSTIN, Texas -- UT freshman Lance Lopez paced the Longhorns with an even-par 72 in the opening round of the 41st annual Morris Williams Intercollegiate Monday afternoon at the par 72, 6,906-yard Austin Country Club. The 14-team field was scheduled to play two rounds, or 36 holes, on Monday, but rainy conditions suspended play less than halfway into the second round.
The tournament has been shortened from 54 holes to 36 holes due to the persistent inclement weather and the potential of continued unsettled weather on Tuesday. A full second round of 18 holes will begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., and Monday's second-round scores will not count toward team or individual totals.
Texas ended the first round in ninth place with an eight-over 296. UT sat at six-over par less than halfway into the second round, though the second-round scores will not count in the final standings. Kent State leads the tournament at three-under par, while Texas A&M holds second place at one-under par.
Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) utilized three birdies and one eagle to end the day at even par. The freshman eagled the challenging third hole, a par five at 521 yards. He added a birdie at the par-five, 542-yard seventh hole and finished the opening round in a tie for ninth place.
Senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) carded a one-over 73 with four birdies to end the first round in a tie for 19th place. Senior Farren Keenan (Middlesex, England) shot a three-over 75 in the opening round to finish the day in a tie for 38th place.
Senior Matt Bortis (Springfield, Mo.), junior Hector Diaz-Ceballos (Morelos, Mexico) and junior Kevin Schultz (Richardson, Texas) each played as individuals and shot a five-over 77. The trio ended the first round in a tie for 58th place.
Texas opens the second and final round on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Morris Williams Intercollegiate - Austin Country Club
Texas Players (First Round Score, Second Round Score)