Chervony powers Texas to strong finish at Trinity Forest

Robert Larkin

Junior Steven Chervony usually isn’t one for the spotlight. Playing alongside two of the nation’s best players, seniors Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim, he prefers to sit back comfortably in his No. 3 role.

But that wasn’t the case this weekend. On Tuesday afternoon, Chervony came out of his comfort zone and claimed the spotlight for the Longhorns, firing a final round score of 66 to propel Texas to a fourth place finish at the Trinity Forest Invitational in Dallas.

The Longhorns finished with an overall score of 5-under par, which trailed tournament winner Florida by 12 strokes. The Longhorns’ final round of 279 tied for the fourth-best round alongside Pepperdine.

Along with Chervony, the Longhorns’ final day efforts were also helped by a 2-under par 69 from Ghim, who made his return to the course for the first time since his dazzling play at the U.S. Amateur and Walker Cup this summer. Ghim led Texas in individual scoring this week at 3-under par and grabbed a top-10 finish with a tie for No. 8.

Sophomore Spencer Soosman ended as Texas’ second best scorer from of the week after finishing Tuesday with an even 71. The talented sophomore proved to be a consistent contributor for the Longhorns all week, finishing at 2-over par.

Scheffler started his week with high hopes after leading the individual leaderboard after day one with an opening round 65. However, those hopes were quickly extinguished after disappointing rounds of 74 and 78 on Monday and Tuesday, resulting in a tie for No. 36. for Scheffler.

Finishing his week with a 72, sophomore Nick Costello concluded with a tie for No. 29 at 3-over par, while freshman Kristoffer Reitan finished at a tie for No. 36 with Scottie Scheffler at 4-over par.

Though the Longhorns left several good opportunities on the course this week, head coach John Fields said he was encouraged by the low rounds from Ghim and Chervony on Tuesday.

“We didn’t have our best golf this week, but we had some great individual performances,” Fields said. “Chervony’s 66 today was great, as was Ghim’s 69. Better golf is ahead for the Longhorns.”

The Longhorns return to action next week when they head to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Portland. Play will begin on Oct. 1.