• No. 1 Texas men’s golf leads by seven heading into final round at Big 12 Championship

    No. 1 Texas men’s golf leads by seven shots heading into Sunday’s final round at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas.

    The Longhorns entered Saturday’s third round with a seven-shot lead over No. 7 Oklahoma State. Each team posted 8-under par for the day, moving Texas up to 1-over for the tournament and Oklahoma State to 8-over.

    Sophomore Doug Ghim fired a 5-under 67, the low round of the day for the Longhorns. Ghim sits in fifth at 3-under and three shots off the lead.

    Junior Beau Hossler shot another even par 72 to finish the day in sixth and at 2-under.

    Fellow junior Gavin Hall fired a 4-under 68, moving him to 3-over for the tournament and in 11th.

    Sophomore Scottie Scheffler posted a 2-over 74 to finish the day at 4-over overall and in a tie for 12th.

    Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk rebounded with a 1-over 73 and is tied for 33rd at 14-over.

    The Longhorns go for their fourth-straight Big 12 title on Sunday.

  • No. 1 Texas men’s golf holds seven-shot lead after day one at Big 12 Championship

    No. 1 Texas men’s golf holds a seven-shot lead after day one at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas.

    After 36 holes on Friday at the Whispering Pines Golf Club, the Longhorns sit at 9-over par for the tournament. No. 7 Oklahoma State is in second at 16-over.

    Junior Beau Hossler fired rounds of even par 72 and 2-under 70 to sit in a tie for first with TCU’s Paul Barjon at 2-under.

    Sophomore Doug Ghim is tied for fifth at 2-over with fellow sophomore Scottie Scheffler. Ghim posted rounds of 2-over 74 and 2-under 70. Scheffler shot 1-under 71 and 3-over 74.

    Junior Gavin Hall shot 3-over 75 and 4-over 76 to sit in a tie for 15th at 7-over. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk is tied for 38th at 13-over after posting rounds of 8-over 80 and 5-over 77.

    The Longhorns begin the third round Saturday at 8 a.m..

  • Longhorns ousted from Big 12 tournament after 4-1 loss to Oklahoma

    The Longhorns’ time in the Big 12 tournament was over before it had a chance to start.

    Texas tallied just one match win in a 4-1 defeat to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Friday.

    “They just outplayed us,” head coach Michael Center said. “We struggled to finish a match. We had opportunities to split sets at some spots, and we didn’t get the job done.”

    The Longhorns struggled right from the start in singles play against the Sooners. Redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky dropped the first set 6-0 and fell in straight sets to put Texas behind 1-0 early.

    Freshman Rodrigo Banzer didn’t fare much better. He lost to Oklahoma’s Florin Bragusi in straight sets to give the Sooners’ a 2-0 lead. Freshman George Goldoff followed that up with a straight-set loss to Axel Alvarez Llamas to put Texas in a 3-0 hole.

    Freshman Harrison Scott kept the Longhorns’ hopes alive with a win against Alex Ghilea, but senior Michael Reichmann fell in three sets to Maxime Mora, sealing the Longhorns’ loss.

    The Longhorns, who finished the regular season at No. 18 in the ITA rankings, will have to wait until Tuesday to find out if they made the field for the NCAA tournament.

  • Texas sweeps Athlete of the Week awards

    Texas track and field swept the Big 12 Athlete of the Week awards on Wednesday, with Courtney Okolo and Byron Robinson taking the women’s and men’s awards, respectively.

    Both Okolo and Robinson posted the No. 1 times in each of their events at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

    Okolo broke the collegiate record — which she previously set — in the 400-meters event, finishing with a time of 49.71 seconds. The event at the LSU Gold marked the her first event of the season. 

    Big 12 Athlete of the Week is far from Okolo’s greatest accomplishment as a Longhorn. Okolo now holds three of the six fastest 400-meter times in collegiate history. 

    Robinson shined in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 49.10 seconds. His time was more than a full second ahead of the rest of the field, as he now ranks No. 1 in the nation over Florida’s Eric Futch.

    Following Okolo and Robinson’s awards, the Longhorns now lead the Big 12 with 10 Athlete of the Week honors on the year.

  • Joe Baker takes home conference honors

    Joe Baker’s successful weekend was enough for the sophomore shortstop to earn the Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday. 

    Baker swung the bat at a .467 clip and scored six runs in a productive week for the Longhorns. Baker’s strong week helped give Texas a crucial series victory on the road at conference leading Texas Tech and a Tuesday win over UT Rio-Grande Valley, good for a 3–1 record over the week. 

    Baker’s week was highlighted by a career day at the plate in Sunday’s 17-1 drubbing of the Red Raiders. The sophomore notched a career-high four hits and six RBI. He also added three extra base hits including a pair of doubles and his first home run of the 2016 campaign. 

    Since returning from an injury earlier this month, Baker’s presence has helped rejuvenate a Texas offense that had previously been the weak spot of the 2016 Longhorns.

    Baker’s conference honor is the first of the sophomore’s career and the third for the Longhorns this season after Ty Culbreth and Tres Barrera received conference Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively.