Men’s golf team travels to Hawaii for first tournament of 2011

Will Anderson

Just as a wintry blast and frigid temperatures hit Austin, the Longhorns travel to the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii for a three-day tournament beginning today at the Waikoloa King’s Course in Kohala Coast.

The No. 7 Longhorns will tee off against some of the nation’s top teams, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Georgia Tech and No. 11 Stanford.

At last year’s Amer Ari, Texas placed fourth overall in a 22-team field and senior Bobby Hudson won the tournament.

Hudson will lead the team on the course as the top starter this time. The honorable mention All-American will be joined by Cody Gribble, Dylan Frittelli, Toni Hakula, Adam Wennerstrom and Julio Vegas, the younger brother of former Texas player Jhonattan Vegas who just finished third at the Farmers Insurance Open PGA Tour event. The freshman Hakula is making his first collegiate