Texas Longhorns Set Start Second Half of Season in Hawaii

Jacob Martella

The Longhorns will tee off for the first time since the departure of Jordan Spieth today when they compete in the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii.

Spieth, who was a key part of the 2012 national championship team, decided to go pro on Dec. 14.

Taking over for Spieth is freshman Brandon Stone, who is ranked third in the country by Golfweek and was named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list last week. Spieth was a Hogan Award finalist as a freshman.

Senior Cody Gribble is ranked 50th in the rankings.

The tournament is the Longhorns’ first in 2013. In their four tournaments in the fall, the Longhorns finished no lower than fourth and won the Carpet Capital Collegiate to start the year. Texas is currently ranked second as a team in the Golfweek rankings, behind California.

The tournament field is filled with top teams, including No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA and No. 8 Southern California. The Longhorns will also face Big 12 opponents Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU in the tournament.