Texas Longhorns Men’s golf holds on to second-place finish at OFFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

Sebastian Herrera

Led by senior Toni Hakula’s 6-over-par 216 overall tournament score, the No. 3 Longhorns left Chicago, Ill., on Sunday with a second place team finish at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.

After posting a 2-under-par 68 in the tournament’s first round on Friday, Hakula fell off on Saturday and ended the day with a 7-over-par 79. The former All-Big 12 member recovered, though, and signed for a 1-under-par 69 in the tournament’s final round, ending his roller coaster weekend in a tie for ninth.

The Longhorns were able to reach the No. 2 spot in Saturday’s second round with freshman Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall’s pair of 1-over-par 71s. And in the tournament’s last day, the two helped Texas secure its finish by stringing together the team’s second and third best scores of the day, Hossler with a 2-over-par 72 and Hall a 3-over-par 73. 

Overall, Texas ended its second tournament of the season 18 strokes off first-place Alabama’s 9-over-par, 849 score in the 15-team field.