• Hossler, Hall lead Texas men's golf to second-straight victory

    No. 6 Texas men's golf captured its second-straight victory of the spring season on Friday at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii, winning by five shots over California.

    Texas was  one of only three teams to finish under par for the tournament, shooting 20-under. California came in second at 15-under followed by Texas A&M at 1-under.

    Juniors Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall each tied for first place with California's K.K. Limbhasut and Hawaii's Skye Inakoshi at 6-under par. Hossler rebounded from a 3-over 75 on Thursday to shoot a 4-under 68 on Friday. Hall was the only Longhorn to break par in all three rounds, shooting scores of 69, 71 and 70.

    “I am thrilled that our team was able to come to Hawaii and get our second win of the year," head coach John Fields said. "Each of our individuals had some memorable highlights during the three rounds and for Beau and Gavin to share the individual championship is outstanding."

    Hossler has finished first in three events this season. The last time a Longhorn won three times in one season was Brandon Stone in 2013. Hall picked up the first victory of his career.

    Sophomore Doug Ghim tied for seventh after shooting a 1-over 73 on Friday. Sophomore Scottie Scheffler tied for 26th at 2-over with freshman Steven Chervony, who competed as an individual and made the first start of his career.

    Redshirt sophomore Branson Davis finished in 48th at 7-over. Also competing as individuals, redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk tied for 41st at 5-over, redshirt sophomore Kalena Preus tied for 53rd at 9-over and redshirt senior Tayler Termeer tied for 57th at 10-over.

    The Longhorns have now won their first two events of the spring season after not claiming a single victory in the fall. Texas has followed a similar trend to last season when it won only one tournament in the fall before racking up six victories in the spring.

    Texas will be back in action Mar. 7-9 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.

  • Longhorns travel to North Carolina to face Duke

    The Longhorns head back on the road to North Carolina on Sunday to take on Duke. 

    Duke boasts a 6-1 record this season, with the lone loss coming against No. 1 Vanderbilt. The Blue Devils are looking to defeat the Longhorns to maintain momentum in their last match before ACC play begins. Meanwhile, the Longhorns (3-2) are looking to bounce back from a loss on the road to Rice last Saturday. 

    Two-time All American senior Breaunna Addison is now the sole ranked player for Texas, while a young Duke team includes three ranked players — No. 21 freshman Kaitlyn McCarthy, No. 68 freshman Ellyse Hamlin and No. 24 senior Beatrice Capra. 

    Duke moved up to No. 7 in ITA rankings after beating then-No. 9 Texas A&M on Feb. 7 — its first win against a top-10 team this season. No. 40 Texas team will need to come out strong to slow the Blue Devils’ momentum. 

    Play begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in Durham, North Carolina.

  • No. 6 Texas men’s golf still in first after second round in Hawaii

    No. 6 Texas men’s golf started the second round of the John Burns Intercollegiate on Thursday holding a 12-shot lead. By sundown in Hawaii, the Longhorns’ lead had been cut to seven.

    The tournament has become a two-team race with Texas and California, the only teams under par heading into Friday’s third and final round.

    Texas shot 4-under par to finish the day at 16-under overall. California entered the day at even par but shot the low total of the round with a 9-under outing. California’s K.K. Limbhasut boasted the low round of the day with a 6-under 66, propelling him into first at 7-under.

    Junior Gavin Hall followed up his opening round 69 with a 1-under 71, giving him share of second place at 4-under. Junior Beau Hossler entered the day holding a two-shot lead but struggled to a 3-over 75, putting him in a tie for eighth at 2-under. 

    Sophomores Doug Ghim and Scottie Scheffler each shot 70 and 72. Redshirt sophomore Branson Davis vaulted up the leaderboard 34 spots, firing a 71 after opening with a 7-over 79 on Wednesday.

    Freshman Steven Chervony shot a 73, putting him in a tie for 25th.  Redshirt sophomore Kalena Preus shot a 74 to finish the day in a tie for 30th. Fellow redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk shot a 71 to finish in a tie for 43rd, and redshirt senior Tayler Termeer shot a 78 to finish in a tie for 59th. All four are competing as individuals. 

    Final round action will begin Friday at 12:30 p.m.

  • No. 26 Texas takes on Rice

    The Longhorns will return to action on Sunday as they travel to Houston to take on Rice University in dual match play. Texas is currently ranked No. 26 with a 5-5 record and is looking to claim a winning record this week after coming off a 4–3 win against No. 18 Stanford. But the Longhorns struggled this season in away matches, failing to win both of their matches away from Austin.

    Redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky is off to an excellent start in 2016 with a 6-1 singles record in dual play. Zlobinsky is one of six new additions to the roster this season, joining five freshmen in play.

     Sophomore Adrian Ortiz will play in both singles and doubles matches.  Ortiz is off to a strong start with a 5-3 record including wins over a pair of ranked opponents. Ortiz knocked off Washington’s No. 121 Jake Douglas and UCSB’s No. 81 Nicolas Moreno earlier this season when Texas traveled to Seattle. Ortiz also holds a 6-3 record with doubles partner senior Michael Riechmann.

    Match play against the Owls begins at noon on Sunday.

  • Texas coaching gambit finally over

    Texas finally completed its coaching staff for the 2016 after announcing Arkansas’ Clay Jennings as the new defensive backs coach on Wednesday. Jennings replaces former defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn who was let go by Texas athletics last Thursday.

    “Clay has a tremendous track record for developing defensive backs and has coached in a lot of great defenses,” head coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. “He’s knowledgeable, personable, brings a lot of energy and is a coach our staff all thought fit in really well with us.”

    Jennings visited Austin on Tuesday to interview with Strong about the position. With Jennings’ assistance, Arkansas ranked 60th in total defense out of 128 FBS teams. The Razorbacks fared much better against the rush though, allowing only 120 yards per game on the ground, good enough for No. 16 in the nation. Jennings brings Big 12 experience with him, having coached at TCU and Baylor as well as other Texas schools such as Houston and North Texas. Even from his time at Arkansas, the DB coach has know-how with Texas recruiting. Jennings earned an Arkansas commitment from Devwah Whaley — one of Texas’ premier high school running backs — in 2016 over Strong and company.

    ““I’m excited to be a part of the Longhorn family and ecstatic to have the chance to join Coach Strong’s staff,” Jennings said in a statement. “I’ve followed him for a long time, and he’s a man that so many of us as coaches look up to and admire.”

    The Longhorns have seen significant coaching turnover this offseason, losing a total of five assistant coaches. Of Charlie Strong’s initial 2014 staff, only two coaches remain — defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary.