Men's Golf preview: UTSA Lone Star Invitational
Oct. 17, 2009
NEXT UP: No. 4 Texas resumes fall competition at the UTSA Lone Star Invitational.
WHERE: Briggs Ranch Golf Course – San Antonio, Texas
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. Central (36 holes); Monday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. Central
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD: Baylor, Houston, Lamar, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, UTEP, Texas State, Texas-Arlington, UTSA.
Dylan Frittelli (So - Pretoria, South Africa)
Bobby Hudson (Jr. – Memphis, Tenn.)
Donald Constable (So. – Wayzata, Minn.)
Steffan Schmieding (So. – Austin, Texas)
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed second earlier this week at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, a rain-shortened 18-hole event in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Freshman Cody Gribble shot a 4-under 66 to place second and record his second top-three finish in as many starts.
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).