Men's Golf preview: PING/Golfweek Preview
Sept. 24, 2010
NEXT UP: Texas (#11 GolfWorld/Nike; #13 Golfweek) resumes fall tournament play this weekend at the PING/Golfweek Preview.
WHERE: Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72; 7,407 yards) – Stillwater, Okla. Karsten Creek will be the site of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 26 through Tuesday, Sept. 28; tee times are set for 8 a.m. Central on Sunday and Monday with a 7:30 a.m. tee time on Tuesday.
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD (with Golfweek rankings): #2 Augusta State, #9 Arizona State, #23 Clemson, #3 Georgia, #17 Georgia Tech, #1 Oklahoma State, #6 Oregon, #13 Texas, #8 Texas A&M, #22 Texas Tech, #19 TCU, #4 UCLA, UNLV, #11 USC and #25 Virginia.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed fifth at the 15-team Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sept. 19. Senior Bobby Hudson led the Horns by tying for fifth place at 1-over par.
Cody Gribble (So. – Dallas, Texas)
Bobby Hudson (Sr. – Memphis, Tenn.)
• 2010 PING/Golfworld and Golfweek honorable mention All-American
• 2010 Sunnehanna Amateur champion
• five top-five finishes last season, including a win at the Mauna Lani Invitational
• tied for fifth last week at the season-opening Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
Johnathan Schnitzer (So. – Houston, Texas)
Julio Vegas (So. – Maturin, Venezuela)
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.