Kona

A combined even par on the final day of competition proved costly as the Longhorns fell to a fourth-place finish in the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. Individually, senior Cody Gribble and freshman Brandon Stone finished tied for fourth.

Texas was unable to maintain the solid start on Wednesday when they shot a combined 279 (-9), putting them in third for the time being. The Longhorns were able to maintain their standing with a 283 (-5) on Thursday, but a 288 (E) Friday dropped them into a tie for fourth along with Georgia Tech and the Universisy of Southern California.

Going into Friday, Gribble had a share of the lead at seven-under, but was only able to muster a one-under 71 on Friday. Stone shot a two-under 70, dropping him from third to fourth.

The University of California at Los Angeles and Washington shared the team title with both teams shooting a 22-under 842 over the three days. Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn took the individual title.

Texas senior Julio Vegas, who started the day tied for ninth, finished tied for 42 after a six-over 78 on the final day.

The Longhorns’ next competition will be the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Humble on Feb. 22-24.

The Longhorns used six birdies over the final two holes to finish in third place in the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational on Wednesday in Kona, Hawaii. Birdies by senior Cody Gribble and juniors Toni Hakula and Brax McCarthy at the end of their rounds helped Texas finish with a 9-under 279.

Both Gribble and freshman Brandon Stone shot a 3-under 69, placing them at a tie for 10th individually so far. Hakula finished one stroke behind them with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 14th.

Stone got off to a fast start to the tournament with a birdie on the second hole and an eagle on the fourth. His round after that point was quiet, tallying another birdie and an eagle.

Gribble, on the other hand, had a steadier round. After making par on the first three holes, Gribble birdied the fourth hole before a bogey on the sixth. He birdied the ninth and the 17th and 18th to end his day.

TCU and UCLA finished the first round tied for the lead, each shooting an 11-under 277. TCU’s Daniel Jennevret’s 5-under 67 put him first individually.

Texas, the defending national champion, will begin its second round Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The Longhorns will tee off for the first time since the departure of Jordan Spieth today when they compete in the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii.

Spieth, who was a key part of the 2012 national championship team, decided to go pro on Dec. 14.

Taking over for Spieth is freshman Brandon Stone, who is ranked third in the country by Golfweek and was named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list last week. Spieth was a Hogan Award finalist as a freshman.

Senior Cody Gribble is ranked 50th in the rankings.

The tournament is the Longhorns’ first in 2013. In their four tournaments in the fall, the Longhorns finished no lower than fourth and won the Carpet Capital Collegiate to start the year. Texas is currently ranked second as a team in the Golfweek rankings, behind California.

The tournament field is filled with top teams, including No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA and No. 8 Southern California. The Longhorns will also face Big 12 opponents Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU in the tournament.