Men's Golf scores second straight victory at Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational
KAUAI, Hawaii -- Trailing by three strokes heading into the final round of the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational, No. 23 Texas scored the single-best round of the tournament with a collective three-under 277 to finish at seven-over in the 54-hole event and defeat second-place Michigan by six strokes. Notably, Texas soundly defeated No. 1 Alabama and No. 8 Clemson, among six other teams, en route to its second consecutive tournament victory after defeating a loaded field last month at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Orlando.
"It was fun to come over here and go back-to-back, as it turned out," said UT men's golf coach John Fields. "This tournament included some of the best teams in the country, including No. 1 Alabama, so I'm really proud of the guys. Getting three rounds in the 60s today was just what the doctor ordered."
The Longhorns landed two student-athletes in the top five in senior Farren Keenan (Middlesex, England) and freshman Lance Lopez (Missouri City, Texas). After shooting his first two rounds in the 60s, Keenan ended the tournament with a two-over 72 but still finished at one under for the tournament in a tie for fifth place. Lopez shot a one-under 69 in the final round to also finish at one under in a tie for fifth.
"Farren and Lance played really good golf this week," Fields said. "Farren was a major part of this victory after not participating in the Isleworth. Lance has been a huge part of our success this fall and brings a tremendous attitude every time out."
After scoring a pair of rounds in the 70s on Wednesday, junior Kevin Schultz (Richardson, Texas) carded a final-round 68 to finish at four over for the tournament in a tie for 11th place. Senior Jhonattan Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela), the third Longhorn to shoot in the 60s during the final round, added a two-under 68 to end the tournament in 17th place.
Senior Matt Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) rebounded from a second-round 79 to card a three-over 73 in the final round, finishing in a tie for 34th place at 13-over par.
"It's nice to go into the holidays feeling good about ourselves and winning again," Fields concluded. We're going to have a great holiday season and come back and try to get better."
Texas returns to action on Feb. 25, 2007 at the Puerto Rico Collegiate Classic.
Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational