Horns rebound with win at Bayou City Collegiate

Jacob Martella

The Longhorns used a 17-under par 274 in the second round Saturday to help secure a first place finish in the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Humble, Texas. Freshman Brandon Stone took home the individual championship with a 9-under 207.

Texas took the early lead after the first round, leading Baylor by one with a 3-under 285. However, it was in the second round where the Longhorns made their move. Heading into the clubhouse after the second round, the Longhorns had a 13 shot lead over the Bears.

In the final round, the Longhorns were only one of two teams to shoot an under par score, ending the final round 5-under par and winning the tournament with a 22-under 842, 21 shots ahead of second-place Houston.

Stone was tied for 16th after the first round, but strong second and third rounds, including a 5-under 67 in the final round, helped him take the individual title.

Senior Julio Vegas finished second with a 6-under 210 and junior Toni Hakula ended the tournament tied for third with a 5-under 211.

The win is the first for the Longhorns since the Carpet Capital Collegiate to open the season. Texas will compete next in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters March 8-10.