No. 2 Texas ties for fourth in spring debut

Jacob Martella

A combined even par on the final day of competition proved costly as the Longhorns fell to a fourth-place finish in the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. Individually, senior Cody Gribble and freshman Brandon Stone finished tied for fourth.

Texas was unable to maintain the solid start on Wednesday when they shot a combined 279 (-9), putting them in third for the time being. The Longhorns were able to maintain their standing with a 283 (-5) on Thursday, but a 288 (E) Friday dropped them into a tie for fourth along with Georgia Tech and the Universisy of Southern California.

Going into Friday, Gribble had a share of the lead at seven-under, but was only able to muster a one-under 71 on Friday. Stone shot a two-under 70, dropping him from third to fourth.

The University of California at Los Angeles and Washington shared the team title with both teams shooting a 22-under 842 over the three days. Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn took the individual title.

Texas senior Julio Vegas, who started the day tied for ninth, finished tied for 42 after a six-over 78 on the final day.

The Longhorns’ next competition will be the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Humble on Feb. 22-24.