Longhorns must work to climb leaderboard

Peter Sblendorio

Coming off of a win in its first event of the year, the Texas Longhorns men’s golf team is sitting in a three-way tie for tenth place after one day at the PING/Golfweek Preview in Atlanta, Georgia.

With a score of 10-over 290 Sunday, No. 2 Texas sits nine shots behind leader UNLV, who leads the 15-team field after tallying a score of 281 (+1). UCLA is just one shot behind the leader after shooting a 282 (+2), and three teams are tied for third place with scores of 7-over 287. Only three schools had a worse day than the Longhorns, who are tied with Kent State and Florida State after the first round.

San Diego State’s Tom Berry leads the individual leaderboard with a score of 67 (-3), and three others sit a shot behind him in a tie for second. Overall, just eight individual golfers tallied scores below par in the first round.

Senior Julio Vegas recorded the best score among Texas golfers, carding a 1-over 71 Sunday, and he sits in a tie for 11th place among individual golfers. Sophomore Jordan Spieth is one shot behind Vegas with a score of 72 (+2), and junior Cody Gribble is in third among Longhorns golfers after shooting a 3-over 73.

After winning his collegiate debut in the Longhorns first tournament of the year, freshman golfer Brandon Stone placed in a tie for 46th overall after the first round on Sunday with a score of 74 (+4). He is tied with junior teammate Toni Hakula, who also carded a 4-over 74.

The Longhorns will have a lot of work to do in the tournament’s final two days to climb to the top of the leaderboard if they plan to push their event win streak to two. They will resume play with Kent State and Florida State at 9:10 a.m. Monday.