Men's Golf preview: Big 12 Championship
WHAT: On the heels of its six-stroke victory at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, Texas begins postseason play this weekend at the 2008 Big 12 Championship.
WHEN: Friday, April 25 - Monday, April 27; Texas will be paired with Baylor and Colorado in Friday's opening two rounds and will begin play at 8 a.m. Central; Friday's second round is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Central. All 12 teams will play 18 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday, for a total of 72 holes. This is the first time in the event's history that it has been played in a 72-hole format.
WHERE: Whispering Pines Golf Club - Trinity, Texas (par 72, 7,249 yards)
WHO: All 12 member schools in the Big 12 Conference
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas placed fourth in the 2007 Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Then-UT junior Kevin Schultz led the Horns by tying for 11th place with a 12-over 222.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas claimed its first tournament title of the season when it won the 15-team Morris Williams Intercollegiate at The University of Texas Golf Club on April 8. UT redshirt freshman Bobby Hudson took medalist honors in becoming the Horns' second tournament titlist of the season.
TEXAS' BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Texas collected its first of three Big 12 Conference titles in 2002 when it topped Oklahoma State by one stroke at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, site of the 2007 Big 12 Championship.
The Longhorns repeated in 2003, topping Oklahoma State by four strokes at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. UT captured its third consecutive title in 2004 when it defeated Oklahoma by six strokes, also at Prairie Dunes. Jason Hartwick completed the Texas sweep by taking medalist honors.
Texas has won 42 conference titles dating back to its first Southwest Conference title in 1927. Texas has claimed 36 individual conference titles, with the first coming from Gib Payne in 1928.