Longhorns golfers win 4th straight event

Peter Sblendorio

The Texas men's golf team showed no rust coming out of the winter break this weekend, as it finished in first place at the Amer Ari Invitational this weekend to clinch a fourth consecutive tournament victory.

No. 1 Texas, which ended the fall season with three straight wins in 2011, set the pace for the field of 20 teams by shooting an 834 (-30) over the three day event. Southern California finished second with a score of 839 (-25), while Stanford came in third by shooting an 844 (-20).

Texas led after every round, and three Longhorns finished among the top three individual scorers for the event. Freshman Jordan Spieth, the top-ranked collegiate golfer coming in, finished in second place after losing a shoot-out with USC's Jeffrey Kang. Spieth finished with an 11-under-205.

Senior Dylan Frittelli and sophomore Toni Hakula tied for ninth place for the Longhorns, with each shooting a 210 (-6). This marked the fifth time in as many events for Frittelli to finish in among the top ten individual scorers. In addition, Texas juniors Julio Vegas and Cody Gribble each recorded a score of 217 (+1) to tie for 43rd overall.

After wrapping up the victory in Honolulu, the Longhorns will have a two week break before traveling to the Puerto Rico Invite in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico on Feb. 19 for a three day event. There, Texas will look to continue on its season-long success and push the winning streak to five straight events.