Longhorns in ninth place after two days

Peter Sblendorio

The four-event win streak that the Texas Longhorns men’s golf team has been riding since mid-September is in serious danger of ending, as it trails by 25 shots through two rounds of play in the Puerto Rico Invite.

No. 1 Texas sits in ninth place out of fifteen teams after the second day in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, with Alabama leading the way with a two-day score of 555 (-4). The Longhorns have shot a 580 (+4) thus far and will need a strong performance on the third day of play in order to make a climb up the leaderboard.

Senior Dylan Frittelli and sophomore Toni Hakula have led the way for the Longhorns, as each has shot a score of 2-under-142 through two rounds, good for an eighth place tie on the individual standings. Frittelli has yet to finish outside of the top ten list for individual scorers in his previous five tournaments and he is on pace to accomplish that feat for a sixth consecutive event.

No other Longhorn has shot below par thus far, with junior Julio Vegas being Texas’ third leading scorer with a 2-over-146. Junior Cody Gribble has shot a 150 (+6) in two days, while freshman Kramer Hickok tallied a 152 (+8) for the Longhorns.

Georgia Tech’s James White is the leading scorer in the event, shooting a 136 (-8) through two days. Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas are tied for second place after each scoring a 138 (+6) and are a large part of why the Roll Tide leads the tournament by 13 shots over second-place Purdue.

Texas has been without freshman Jordan Spieth, college’s top-ranked golfer, for this tournament, as he competed in a PGA Tour event over the weekend. The Longhorns have yet to lose a tournament that Spieth has competed in this season, as he missed their only loss of the year in September at the Walker Cup.

The Longhorns have one more day to close the gap in Puerto Rico, and a quest for a fifth consecutive victory will be one of great difficulty. Texas tees off at 5:30 a.m. in a shotgun start.

Printed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 as: Without Spieth, Longhorns' lengthy win streak in danger of ending in Puerto Rico