Longhorns climb to seventh place in PING/Golfweek Preview

Peter Sblendorio

After finishing Sunday in a three-way tie for 10th place at the PING/Golfweek Preview, the Texas men’s golf team climbed into seventh place on Monday after shooting a 3-over 283 as a team.

No. 2 Texas now sits seven strokes out of first place after finishing the first two rounds of the event with a 13-over 573. UCLA sits in first with an overall team mark of 6-over 566, with UNLV one stroke behind entering the tournament’s final round.

San Diego State’s Tom Berry maintained his overall lead by carding a 1-under 69 Monday, one day after shooting a 3-under 67 in the tournament’s first round. Gavin Green of New Mexico improved his two-day score to 2-under 138 to move into second place. Overall, just four individuals have stayed below par through two days.

The Longhorns were paced by junior Toni Hakula and freshman Brandon Stone Monday, as each carded scores of even-par 70 to move into a tie for 29th among individual competitors.

Sophomore Jordan Spieth shot a 1-over 71 in the second round of play, moving him into a tie for 20th overall with senior Julio Vegas. Senior Cody Gribble rounded out the Texas scorecard by shooting a 74 (+4) Monday and is currently tied for 46th among individuals.

The Longhorns, who won their first tournament of the season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate earlier this month, have a tough road ahead if they plan to make it two tournament victories in a row to start the season. They will begin their final chance to climb to the top of the leaderboard Sept. 24, when they tee off alongside Texas A&M and San Diego State at 9:30 a.m. CT.