Longhorns sit in second at Big 12 Championship

Nick Cremona

Jelly beans and chocolate eggs didn’t keep the Longhorns from starting off strong in the opening rounds of the Big 12 Championship Tournament. After two rounds, Texas is seated comfortably in second place, only three strokes behind leader Oklahoma State. The Cowboys ended the day with two players tied for first place on the individual leaderboard, and are at 18-over as a team.

In his first career postseason appearance, sophomore Julio Vegas recorded eight birdies over his two rounds to finish at one-over. Vegas is also in fourth place on the individual leaderboard.

Junior Dylan Frittelli shot six-over on the front nine, but was able to salvage the back nine for a four-over first round. In his second round, Frittelli had four birdies, finished the day at six-over and tied for 11th individually. Frittelli was paired with Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, who has been the consensus No. 1 college player this year, and Texas A&M’s Jordan Russell, who is currently ranked 15th in the nation.

Senior Bobby Hudson, who is playing in his fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship, had four birdies in the first round, but his 10 bogeys and one double bogey had him finish the day at six-over. Hudson is also tied for 11th place on the individual leaderboard.

The third Longhorn sitting in a tie for 11th place is freshman Toni Hakula, who carded a two-over first round and a four-over second round to finish the day at six-over.

Sophomore Cody Gribble turned in a three-over first round and a four-over second to end the day at seven-over, tied for 18th place individually.

Texas tees off at 8:50 this morning with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, who is in third place.