Men’s golf looks to continue success in Las Vegas

Jacob Martella

Two weeks after capturing their second victory of the season, the Longhorns will take to the course once again this weekend in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas. Freshman Brandon Stone will also look to follow up his second win of the season with a strong performance.

On Wednesday afternoon, Stone was named Big 12 Men’s Golfer of the Month for February. In the two tournaments in the month, Stone led the Longhorns with a 69.2 stroke average. At the time, Stone was ranked as the top men’s golf player in the Golfweek rankings. However, the latest rankings place him at No. 2. As a team, the Longhorns are ranked No. 2 as well, behind California.

Senior Cody Gribble is the next highest Longhorn in the rankings, currently sitting at No. 27. Junior Toni Hakula is the final Longhorn ranked in the top 50 at No. 48.

The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters is considered one of the best collegiate tournaments in the country. Along with Texas, top-ranked California, defending tournament champions UNLV and nine other top 15 teams will compete for the title. Last year, the Longhorns finished in sixth place with a 27-over 891 in the tournament.