Longhorns kick off season with fifth place finish

Peter Sblendorio

Texas was impressive in its first tournament of the season this past weekend, finishing fifth overall out of 15 teams at the Olympia Fields Invitational in Chicago.

As a group, the No. 5 Longhorns shot an 873 (+33) over the course of the weekend, 24 shots behind first place No. 12 Stanford, who recorded a score of 849 (+9). No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Auburn tied for second place after finishing with a score of 865 (+25) and No. 3 Alabama finished fourth with a score of 867 (+27).

The Longhorns were led by senior Dylan Frittelli, who finished second among all golfers by shooting a 209 (-1) over the three-day tournament. Frittelli, the 2010 Big 12 Conference Player of the year, was one of just two players to finish with a score below par for the entire invitational.

Junior Julio Vegas had the second-best score among Longhorns golfers, shooting a 216 (+6) to tie for 11th place. Texas’ other three participants, senior Alex Moon, junior Cody Gribble and freshman Kramer Hickok all finished with the same score for the tournament, each shooting a 225 (+15) to tie for 47th.

Three of the top four individual golfers played for Stanford, with freshman Patrick Rodgers leading the pack with a score of 206 (-4). In addition, junior Andrew Yun shot a 211 (+1) and sophomore Cameron Wilson shot a 212 (+2) to finish third and fourth, respectively.

The Longhorns will get their next opportunity to compete in a tournament at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. from Oct. 3-4. After finishing its first action of the year with solid results, Texas will look to provide an even better performance in its second tournament of the season.

Printed on September 20, 2011 as: Frittelli finishes under par as Texas kicks off season