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

Sebastian Herrera

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

After scoring a two-under-par 68 in the tournament’s first round on Friday, Hakula fell off on Saturday, ending the day with a seven-over-par 79. The former all-Big 12 golfer recovered, however, and signed for a one-under-par 69 score in the tournament’s final round, ending his roller-coaster weekend tied as the ninth best player in the field.

The Longhorns were able to reach the No. 2 spot in Saturday’s second round due in part to freshman Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall’s pair of one-over-par 71s. And on the tournament’s last day, the two helped Texas secure second by stringing together the team’s second and third best scores of the day, Hossler with a two-over-par 72 and Hall a three-over-par 73. Overall, Texas ended its second tournament of the season 18 strokes off of first-place Alabama’s nine-over-par 849 score in the 15-team field.