No. 1 Texas men’s golf captures its fourth-straight Big 12 title

Trenton Daeschner

The No. 1 Texas men’s golf team left the rest of the field in the dust, cruising to a historic 26-shot victory and its fourth-straight Big 12 championship on Sunday in Trinity, Texas.

“For us to do this four years in a row is super special,” head coach John Fields said. “For us, it all adds up to just an honor to say we are Big 12 champions.”

The Longhorns broke the Big 12 championship single-round team scoring record on Sunday with a 15-under par onslaught. The 26-shot win is the largest margin of victory in Big 12 conference history.

Junior Beau Hossler fired a final round 3-under 69 to finish in a tie for second at 5-under. It’s Hossler’s ninth top-10 of the season.

“I’m proud of the guys,” Hossler said. “They’ve worked hard, and I’ve worked hard as well. Today was the first time we all played really well.”

Sophomore Doug Ghim tied for fourth at 3-under after shooting an even par 72 in the final round. Junior Gavin Hall fired a 5-under 67, the low round of the day for the Longhorns, to tie for sixth at 2-under. Ghim and Hall have each finished in the top-10 five times this season.

Sophomore Scottie Scheffler grabbed his first top-10 of the season with a ninth place finish. Scheffler carded a final round 4-under 68 to finish even par for the tournament. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk tied for 25th at 11-over after posting a 3-under 69 on Sunday, tied for the lowest round of his career.

Oklahoma State’s Stratton Nolen won the individual title by one shot at 6-under.

Texas will learn what regional it will be a part of in the NCAA tournament when the regions are announced Thursday morning at 8:30 on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show. The Longhorns have their eyes set on another run at a national championship after losing to University of Southern California in the quarterfinals last year.

“It has been an awesome ride for us this season,” Hall said. “We’re really looking forward to NCAAs to test our skills. Our whole goal has been the national championship at the end of the year so that’s something we’re getting close to.”