Pierceson Coody leads Texas to victory at Augusta Haskins Award Invitational

Lindsey Plotkin, Sports Reporter

This weekend, senior Pierceson Coody returned to the golf course for Texas in his first match since breaking his arm in December. However, it didn’t take Coody long to get back in the swing of things, winning the tournament by six strokes.

The No. 12 Texas men’s golf team destroyed all competition at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, winning the team competition by 26 strokes. The tournament was played at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, which features a par of 72 for 7,140 total yards. 

Individually, all five Longhorns finished in the top 13, with senior Cole Hammer finishing in 13th with a total score of 211, senior Parker Coody in ninth place with a score of 209 and junior Mason Nome tied for sixth with a score of 207.

Two Texas players finished in the top five, with junior Travis Vick placing fifth with a score of 206 and Pierceson Coody winning the tournament with a score of 199.

Pierceson Coody started the tournament with birdies on five of the first six holes and an eagle all in the first round of play for a score of 67. In round two, Coody birdied the first three holes again and also recorded birdies on five more holes for a score of 66. In the third round, Coody recorded six total birdies and no bogeys to score 66 again.

This was Pierceson’s first tournament back from injury since suffering the exact same injury as his twin brother, senior Parker Coody, in December. Both twins fractured their right arms at the same time during the same freak accident. During a post-workout relay race, the twins were anchoring different teams, and, trying to get the win, ran into a wall with their arms outstretched. The accident led to the twins suffering radial-head fractures, just below the right elbow, with Pierceson’s being slightly worse than Parker’s, according to reporting from Golf Channel. 

Pierceson’s individual win is his best individual finish since he won the George Hannon Collegiate in March 2021.

Vick, who placed fifth, recorded seven birdies in the first round for a score of 68. In round two, Vick recorded an eagle and six birdies for a score of 67. In round three, Vick scored a 71, leaving him with a fifth place individual finish in the tournament.

Nome, the tournament’s sixth place finisher, recorded six birdies in round one for a score of 69. In round two, Nome recorded five more birdies for a score of 68. In the final round, Nome started the day off strong with an eagle followed by his first birdie of the day. Nome would go on to record five more birdies for a score of 70 and a total score of 207. 

On the third day of play, Parker Coody, in his third tournament back from the injury fell to ninth place after a slow round. In round one, Coody scored a 68 that included six birdies. In round two, Coody recorded eight birdies to bring his score to 65. In round three, three birdies couldn’t cancel out his bogey and three double bogeys, bringing his score to 76 for the day and 209 total. 

Hammer recorded scores of 72, 70 and 69 in his rounds of the tournament. Hammer’s first round featured four birdies that were canceled out by four bogeys, leaving him at par for the round. Hammer’s second round featured two birdies and an eagle, and his third round featured six more birdies. 

After defeating Oklahoma State by 26, Texas will return to the course April 11 for the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, California.