• Völker signs on for 2016–2017

    Longhorn golf received a boost to its 2016–2017 prospects. 

    The team announced on Monday that it had signed Greta Völker to its squad for next season. 

    Völker, who hails from Witten, Germany, has already accrued a strong amateur and professional resume. 

    Völker placed sixth at the German National Girls tournament, tied eighth at the German National Girls, and third in the 2015 Scottish Ladies Junior Open with a three round score of 73-79-71. 

    “I am very excited that Greta has chosen Texas,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “She is a terrific young player who is improving at a very fast pace. She has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past two years, including some great play in professional events.”

    Völker also had a chance to hone her craft at the professional 2015 Homburg Open, where she finished with the 16th best score overall. 

    Since graduating high school in 2015, Völker has been training in Orlando at the Annika Academy under the tutelage of Swedish professional golfer Charlotta Sörenstam.

    “I feel that this experience and her connection with Charlotta has been very important in her continued development as a golfer,” Murphy said. “Greta has been shoring up all aspects of her game, much like a professional would do. She will undoubtedly compete for a traveling position on our team upon arriving on campus.” 

  • No. 18 Texas takes on TCU

    No. 18 Texas contests its final home match of the season on Saturday when it hosts TCU at the Polo Tennis Club.

    The Longhorns split a doubleheader in their last action on Sunday. In the first match, Texas took a 0-4 defeat against Oklahoma. However, the Longhorn’s redeemed themselves later that afternoon when they shut out Prairie View A&M, 4-0. Texas is now 17-8 for the season and 1-2 in conference play.

    As the season comes to a close, the Texas freshman have all had impressive debut seasons. Rodrigo Banzer is 7-4 for the season in singles play. Johnny Goodwin is 4-1 for singles dual match play.  Colin Markes is 6-1 for overall singles match play. Harrison Scott has made a name for himself in this season’s Big 12 Conference and has a 22-10 record in singles play. Scott and his doubles partner sophomore John Mee are also 9-4 this season. Finally, redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky is 11-4 in dual play and with junior doubles partner George Goldhoff, 13-8. 

    Senior Michael Riechmann will be honored on Saturday during Senior Day festivities prior to the match and this will be his final home match as a Longhorn.

    Following this match, Texas will have one remaining regular season match, before the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship and NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship begin.

    Match play begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

     

  • Texas rowing prepares for Clemson Invitational

    After placing five top-two finishes in the San Diego Crew Classic, No. 8 Texas rowing will head east to participate in the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina. 

    The Longhorns will row in 15 races spread across three sessions over the weekend. Two sessions will be on Saturday, the first beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the second beginning at 4 p.m. and the third session will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Each race will have six or seven teams rowing.

    Texas will be up against many of the nation’s top teams, including No. 4. Ohio State, who have won the National Championship the past three years, No. 3. Virginia, and No. 10 Michigan. The Longhorns will face a total of 19 teams during the meet, including matchups with Big 12 rival Oklahoma and conference affiliate member Tennessee.

    The Longhorns hope to continue their strong season after the impressive showing in San Diego two weekends ago. Texas only fell to No. 2 California in the races, and while their performance was rewarded by a three spot jump in the Coaches Poll rankings, they will still be looking to show that they can contend with and beat top ranked teams this weekend.

    The Clemson Invitational will be the last large regatta of the Longhorns’ regular season, as they will face Virginia head-to-head in Austin at the end of the month before competing in the Big 12 Championship in May. 

  • Hossler named Ben Hogan Award semifinalist

    Junior Beau Hossler was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Ben Hogan Award on Wednesday. The semifinalists were announced at Colonial Country Club by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

    Hossler, the No. 1-ranked player in the country, is one of 10 semifinalists for this year’s award.

    The Ben Hogan Award recognizes the top men’s player across college golf — including NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and NJCA — for his accomplishments the last 12 months.

    Hossler boasts an NCAA Division 1-best five victories this season, with victories at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Lamkin San Diego Classic and the Augusta Invitational. The junior also won the Jones Cup Invitational, an amateur event, back in February. He has yet to finish outside the top-10 in a tournament this season.

    Hossler boasts a 69.42 scoring average this year and has shot even or under par in 19 of 24 rounds. He is now second on Texas’ all-time single-season wins list, trailing only Ben Crenshaw’s seven victories in 1972.

    The three finalists for the award will be announced May 3, and the winner will be announced on May 23 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

  • Schubert shines, but Texas falls short in Arizona

    Sophomore Sophia Schubert posted two rounds under par, but it wasn’t enough to carry Texas to a top five finish in the PING/ASU Invitational this weekend. The Longhorns wound up in seventh place among the 14 teams competing at the Tempe, Arizona, tournament.

    Schubert took home an individual top five, finishing tied for fourth position in the field of 78 players. She finished at 4-under par in the three round tournament. 

    Senior Natalie Karcher fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday, but played her other two rounds in 13-over. She was the Longhorns’ second best finisher, placing tied for 36th. 

    “Aside from Natalie’s 67 and Sophia’s T-4 finish, it simply was not a great effort,” head coach Ryan Murphy said. “And when you play in a field this strong, it shows.”

    Texas finished the tournament a combined 27-over par. UCLA won the event with a combined score of 12-under. 

    Murphy said that his team has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks to prepare for the upcoming Big 12 Conference Championship. He expects Schubert to continue her hot play, though.

    “Her ball-striking was very solid and her putter was sharp,” Murphy said of Schubert. “She is coming into good form as we approach our postseason play.” 

    The conference tournament takes place April 22-24 at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.

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