Men's Golf preview: Big 12 Championship
April 26, 2009
WHAT: Texas begins postseason play this week at the 2009 Big 12 Championship.
WHERE: Prairie Dunes Golf Club – Hutchinson, Kan. (par 72, 7,480 yards)
WHEN: Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 29 - the 12 teams will play 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 holes each on Tuesday and Wednesday.
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
TEXAS’ BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
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.
Texas collected its first tournament victory since the 2008 Morris Williams Intercollegiate at The University of Texas Golf Club. Texas and LSU were named co-champions, but with only one team tournament trophy available, Texas was awarded the trophy by way of its fifth player, sophomore Bobby Hudson, having a lower 54-hole score than LSU's fifth player, Josh Jones. Hudson finished with a 10-over 226 for the tournament, while Jones ended with a 15-over 231.
LONGHORNS ADD SECOND TEAM VICTORY AT TURTLE BAY INTERCOLLEGIATE
Texas saved its best for last in the final round, as UT shot a collective 15-under 273, its lowest round of the 54-hole event, to finish with a 21-under 843 for the tournament and defeat second-place San Diego State by three strokes. UNLV placed third at 14-under par. Ohio State's Vaughn Snyder took medalist honors at 11-under par.
Frittelli improved throughout the tournament and chipped in his first sub-70 round of the tournament when his team needed it most. With his seven-under 65 in the final round, Frittelli finished the event tied for sixth place at six-under par.
FRITTELLI CAPTURES PUERTO RICO CLASSIC
Frittelli opened the tournament with a five-under 67 before dropping an eight-under 64 on in round two to produce the first sub-65 round from a Longhorn golfer since 2001, when David Gossett shot a 63 at the NCAA Championships. The 2007 Toyota World Junior Champion, Frittelli joins teammates Charlie Holland and Bobby Hudson among current Longhorns to win a college tournament.
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 a 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 eight tournaments this season.
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