AUSTIN, Texas -- Junior Jeff Bell led The University of Texas to a 10th place finish after the final round of the inaugural United states Collegiate Championships on Tuesday in Alpharetta, Ga.
Bell closed with a final round two-over par 74 to finish tied for seventh with an even-par 216, his best finish of the year. Bell was tied for sixth after shooting a two-under par 142 on Monday. Bell carded an opening round three-over par 75, but was the spark for the Texas squad in the second round shooting a five-under, season best round of 67.
Texas finished with a three-round score of 35-over par 899. The Longhorns put rounds of 294, 297 and 308 on the board for their eighth top 10 finish in 10 events. Clemson won the first-year tournament with a two-day total of even-par (864). Florida was second with a three-over par 867 and Wake Forest was third with a 1-over par 875.
"This was a tough course and a great field," said head golf coach John Fields. "We played well at times, but Jeff Bell did a great job keeping his game together and finishing. I still feel like we are coming together and we will come away from this with a lot of positives."
Junior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) finished in a tie for 21st-place with a score of six-over par 222 (72+75+75). Senior Matt Mills (London, England) tied for 52nd-place after rounds of 75, 79 and 78 to post a 16-over par score of 232.
Also playing was freshman Randy Lowry (Spring, Texas) who tied for 59th and senior Matthew Rosenfeld (Plano, Texas) who finished in 62nd. Lowry closed with an 11-over par round of 83 after shooting 79 and 76 on Monday and finished with a score of 234 (+18). Rosenfeld was 20-over par after 54 holes with rounds of 79, 76 and 81.
The Texas squad returns to Austin before heading to Tulsa, Okla. on April 24-25 to the Southern Hills Golf Course for the Big 12 Championships. Southern Hills is hosting the tournament for only the second time in conference history.
Texas moved into 19th on the latest Golfstat.com rankings today after successful outings at the Hall of Fame Invitational (March 17-19) and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate (April 3-4). Texas finished tied for third at the Hall of Fame above top-ranked Georgia and placed fourth at the Morris Williams, six places over then No. 4 Georgia Tech.