• Women’s golf finishes fourth in UCF Challenge

    The Longhorns shot a week-best 7-over par on Tuesday to jump up two spots to finish fourth in the UCF Challenge. It’s the highest finish for Texas in the 2015-16 season.

    Texas was one of two teams to finish the first round under 300 strokes, but fell in the second round as other teams made drastic improvements.

    Junior Haley Mills finished as the top Longhorn, shooting a 4-over to tie for sixth overall.

    Junior Julia Beck scored a 6-over-par to tie for 16th. Sophomore Sophia Schubert ended the week one stroke behind Beck, checking in with a 7-over, while freshman Maddie Luitwieler finished tied for 41st at 12-over.

    Senior Tezira Abe finished well off the pace, carding a score of 22-over for the weekend.

    Houston took the team title at the tournament with a score of 21-over while Frida Gustafsson Spang from East Carolina took the individual title with a 3-under score — the only player to finish under par.

    Texas will be back in action Feb. 21–23 in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

  • Women’s golf sits at No. 6 overall after two rounds of 18-team UCF Challenge.

    Women’s golf struggled in the second round of the UCF Challenge, finishing the round sixth overall with a score of 20-over par for the tournament.

    Julia Beck’s score of 71 led the Longhorn charge for the day and propelled the junior into a tie for the 18th-best score in the tournament.

    Junior Hayley Mills and sophomore Sophia Schubert both turned in 75-stroke performances. Mills’s showing was good enough to maintain the best two-day score on the team with a mark of 147. The junior holds the 13th-best score in the tournament and currently sits six strokes behind tournament leaders Missouri senior Michelle Butler and East Carolina senior Frida Gustafsson Spang with one day to go.

    Additional showings of 76 and 78 from senior Tezira Abe and freshman Maddie Luitwieler rounded out the Texas showing.

    The Longhorns ended the day 9-over, dropping four spots to the sixth-best team score, while first-place Missouri ended the day with a 12-stroke advantage over the Texas going into the final round. 

  • Gilbert, Mattox contracts to be discussed at Board of Regents meeting on Friday

    The Board of Regents will discuss the contracts of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and offensive line coach Matt Mattox at the next board meeting on Friday in Galveston.

    In the current agreement, Gilbert and Mattox have a guaranteed annual base salary of $850,000 and $550,000, respectively. 

    The agreement also has incentives for the two former Tulsa coaches. The incentives include $20,000 if Texas wins the Big 12 Championship or participates in a bowl game and an extra $20,000 if the Longhorns win their bowl game.

    Gilbert and Mattox will receive $40,000 if Texas makes it to the College Football Playoff. The two coaches will receive an additional $70,000 if Texas wins the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game and $140,000 if the Longhorns win the College Football National Championship game. 

    Their current contracts started on Dec. 12, 2015 and are set to end Jan. 31, 2019.

  • Swimming and diving set to face TCU Friday afternoon in last meet before Big 12 championships

    The Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams face TCU on Friday in a final tuneup before the Big 12 championships later in the month. The Longhorns will also honor their 11 seniors before the last regular season home meet.

    The Texas men enter the contest with a perfect 9-0 record after beating Arizona in an outdoor meet last week.

    The Longhorns’ lineup will feature top talent. Junior Clark Smith has had a strong season in the  1000-yard freestyle, while sophomore Joseph Schooling holds the 2015 NCAA title in both the 100 and 200 butterfly — the first Longhorn freshmen to hold an individual title since 2010.

    On the women’s side, divers Meghan Houston and Kristina Hoffmann and swimmer Erin Yeager will be recognized before competing in their final regular season home meet. Regardless of the outside distractions, the focus in the pool is set on closing out the season strong.

    “It gets exciting this time of the year,” head coach Carol Capitani said. “Our focus is getting narrowed. We can’t just waltz in to win the meet. We’ve got to race tough.”

    In last year’s meet against the Horned Frogs, Texas (8-2) earned a 157-111 victory. The Longhorns had a solid outing last weekend to defeat Arizona and look to continue their performances in the last meet before Big 12 Championships.

    Diving events will start with men and women’s combined 1-meter competition at 2:45 p.m. and swimming events will kick off at 4 p.m.

  • No. 26 Texas welcomes 3 Pac-12 teams this weekend

    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.
    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.

    The Longhorns return to Austin this weekend to welcome Stanford, TCU and California in dual match play. Texas is currently ranked No. 26 with a 4-4 record, and are looking to redeem their winning record this week after last weekend’s defeat in Columbus — the Longhorns lost 0-4 to Ohio State. Six of their 11-man roster will compete in this event.

     Three doubles matches and six singles matches will be held each day, including No. 94 freshman Harrison Scott who has been playing at the No. 2 singles position. No. 112 senior Michael Riechmann will also play this weekend and try to defend his winning record at the No. 5 singles position.  

     “We’re excited to have Cal, Stanford and TCU here in Austin, and it’s going to be a great weekend of tennis,” said head coach Michael Center. “We’ve played a really difficult schedule, and we’ve got two more outstanding teams coming in this week. It’s another opportunity to see where we’re at this season. Stanford and Cal are littered with high-end, nationally-ranked players. This will be a great test for us, and we’re looking forward to some exciting tennis this week.”

     Texas will begin match play Saturday against No. 24 California, and continue play against No. 18 Stanford on Sunday. All matches will be held at the Weller Indoor
    Tennis Center.