Spieth gets first collegiate win, Longhorns win third straight tournament

Peter Sblendorio

The Texas Longhorns men’s golf team completed its third consecutive tournament victory on Tuesday, finishing 10 shots ahead of any other opponent at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

The Longhorns, who backed up their No. 1 ranking by Golfweek and Golfstat polls with another strong performance, paced the 15-team field over the course of the three-day event with an overall score of 574 (-2). The victory gave Texas three consecutive tournament wins for the first time since the spring of 2002.

Texas was led by freshman sensation Jordan Spieth, who claimed his first ever collegiate win by leading all individual golfers with a score of 205 (-11). This marked the second straight tournament that Spieth recorded the best score among Longhorns golfers, as he finished second overall at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational with a score of 211 (-5) earlier in the month.

Right behind Spieth on the leaderboard was Texas senior Dylan Frittelli, who placed second overall by shooting a 213 (-3) for the tournament. Frittelli, who has finished in the top 5 among individual scorers in each of the Longhorns’ five tournaments, recorded his third second place finish of the season.

Junior Julio Vegas finished in a tie for sixth place with a score of 218 (+2), giving Texas three of the top seven golfers at the event. In addition, sophomore Toni Hakula a 222 (+6), and junior Cody Gribble recorded a score of 229 (+13) en route to the Longhorns’ victory.

The Longhorns will have a long hiatus before their next attempt at a fourth consecutive tournament victory, as they will not compete in another tournament until Nov. 21-22 at the Western Refining Collegiate All-American in El Paso.