Men's Golf Preview: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
Sept. 16, 2010
SEASON OPENER: Texas (#11 GolfWorld/Nike; #13 Golfweek) opens the 2010-11 season this week at the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational
WHERE: Olympia Fields Country Club (north course; par 70, 7,157 yards) - Olympia Fields, Ill.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19; tee times have not been released.
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD (with Golfworld/Nike rankings): #11 Texas, #12 Arizona State, #3 Augusta State, #15 Alabama, California, #19 Duke, #8 Florida, #13 Florida State, #16 Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State, #1 Oklahoma State, Purdue and #2 Stanford.
LAST SEASON AT OLYMPIA FIELDS: Texas placed third in the 15-team field at the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. In his first collegiate tournament, then-freshman Cody Gribble led the Horns by tying for third place at 3-over par.
LIVE SCORING: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
Cody Gribble (So. - Dallas, Texas)
Bobby Hudson (Sr. - Memphis, Tenn.)
Alex Moon (Jr. - Plano, Texas)
73.83 stroke average in two starts last season
Tied for 24th at the 2009 Topy Cup and tied for 30th at the Baylor Intercollegiate
Johnathan Schnitzer (So. - Houston, Texas)
LAST SEASON: Texas placed in the top-five in 11 of 14 events and was victorious at the Puerto Rico Classic and the NCAA East Regional Championship during the 2009-10 season. The Longhorns placed third at the Big 12 Championship and followed the NCAA East Regional by tying for 21st at the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WHO RETURNS: Texas returns the All-America trio of junior Dylan Frittelli, sophomore Cody Gribble and senior Bobby Hudson for the 2010-11 season. Collectively, the trio accounts for six NCAA Championships appearances and four individual tournament victories.
Sophomore Johnathan Schnitzer returns after making six starts last season. The Houston native notched a pair of top-25 finishes at the Mauna Lani Invitational and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Junior Alex Moon made two starts last season, including the 2009 season opener at The Topy Cup in Japan, where he tied for 24th place.
Senior Chris Causey made one appearance last season and placed 11th at the season-opening Topy Cup. Junior Brett Spencer played three events during the 2009-10 campaign and tied for 28th at the 2009 OIympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Junior Adam Wennerstrom also competed at the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational and tied for 33rd place. Texas also welcomes the return of junior Steffan Schmieding, a three-time starter last season, and sophomore Julio Vegas.