Men's Golf preview: Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
Oct. 10, 2009
NEXT UP: After a three-week layoff, No. 9 Texas returns to competition at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
WHERE: Old Overton Country Club (par 71, 6,936 yards) – Vestavia Hills, Ala.
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 12 (36 holes) and Tuesday, Oct. 13 (18 holes)
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD: #36 Alabama, #25 Auburn, UAB, #17 Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, #13 SMU, #9 Texas and #18 UNLV. (team rankings from Golfweek)
Dylan Frittelli (So - Pretoria, South Africa)
Lance Lopez (Sr. – Missouri City, Texas)
Bobby Hudson (Jr. – Memphis, Tenn.)
Brett Spencer (So. – Plano, Texas)
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed third overall and finished ahead of four top-10 teams at the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational that concluded on Sept. 20. In his first collegiate start, freshman Cody Gribble shot a 3-over 213 to tie for third place individually.
LAST SEASON: Texas registered six top-five finishes, including two victories, in 12 events played during the 2008-09 season. The Longhorns opened last season by sharing the team championship with LSU at the 2008 Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. UT added a victory at the 19-team Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational last fall in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Texas placed eighth at the Big 12 Championships last spring before taking third at the NCAA Austin Regional Championship at The University of Texas Golf Club to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Texas placed 26th in the 30-team field at the NCAA Championships.
WHO RETURNS: Texas returns four student-athletes who started all 12 events last season, and another, junior Lance Lopez, who competed in 11 of 12 events. Lopez earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Golf Coaches’ Association of America (GCAA) last season after winning the NCAA Austin Regional Championship. Senior Charlie Holland enjoyed a productive summer that culminated with a semifinals appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship last month in Tulsa, Okla.
Juniors Bobby Hudson (Memphis, Tenn.) and Donald Constable (Wayzata, Minn.) started all 12 events last season and contributed one top-10 individual finish apiece. Sophomores Adam Wennerstrom (Austin, Texas), Steffan Schmieding (Austin, Texas), Brett Spencer (Plano, Texas) and redshirt freshman Julio Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) are joined by true freshmen Cody Gribble (Dallas, Texas) and Johnathan Schnitzer (Houston, Texas).