Beau Hossler

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Men's golf

The No. 2 men’s golf team earned a split Saturday at the Red Raider Shootout in Lubbock.

The Longhorns first faced No. 23 New Mexico, which they defeated in a tiebreaker. Redshirt senior Brax McCarthy finished square with his opponent, as did freshman Doug Ghim. The Red Raiders defeated senior Kramer Hickok and freshman Scottie Scheffler, leaving sophomores Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall to win it for the team in a tiebreaker. Hossler beat senior Sam Saunders, 6-and-5, and Hall beat freshman Gustavo Morantes, 6-and-4.

In the second match of the afternoon, Texas fell to No. 10 Texas Tech. Of the six Longhorns in competition, only Hossler and Hickok won their matches. Both won, 1-up.

Next up for the Longhorns is the Big 12 Championship, held from April 27–29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

— Caroline Hall 

Men's tennis

No. 10 Texas fell to No. 7 TCU by a score of 4–1 Saturday, its second loss in as many matches. The Longhorns’ match in Fort Worth was their final regular season match of the season, and the loss dropped them to fourth in the Big 12 standings. Saturday marked Texas’ second-consecutive conference loss, both against teams ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings. 

Texas struggled from the outset against TCU, as the Longhorns lost the doubles point as well as the first two singles matches to fall behind the Horned Frogs, 3–0. No. 5 senior Søren Hess–Olesen was the lone Longhorn to win a match, defeating No. 44 senior Nick Chappell, 6–3, 6–4. 

The victory marked Hess–Olesen’s 100th win at the singles position in a Texas uniform, making him the ninth player in Texas history to reach the 100-victory mark. Hess–Olesen holds a .730 winning percentage as a Longhorn, the highest winning percentage of any Texas player with 100 career victories. 

The Longhorns (18–5, 2–3 Big 12) finished under .500 in the conference for the first time since 2011–2012. In a conference with four teams ranked in the top 10 of the ITA rankings, Texas holds the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship, which begins Friday in Waco.

— Michael Shapiro

Track and field

Torrential rainstorms and more than a little bit of hail foiled many plans this weekend throughout the state. This proved problematic in Waco as the Michael Johnson Classic was forced to call it a day with five events remaining. But even storm fronts and nasty weather couldn’t stop Texas’ track and field team from gathering a couple more wins in what continues to be an impressive season.

Junior Courtney Okolo and senior Clint Harris won Texas’ two titles this weekend at Baylor. Okolo, who remains on the Bowerman Trophy watch list, won the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.99 seconds, the new Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium record. Her teammate, sophomore Kendall Baisden, finished second with a time of 51.22 seconds. 

Harris collected his first win of the season with a winning discus throw of 55.21 meters (181-2). He qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2012–2013 in the event and will look to get some more podium time in the coming weeks as the outdoor season heats up.

Next weekend marks a major benchmark for the team as the Longhorns head to the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. The Penn Relays, held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, have gone on since 1895 and have been known to attract more than 15,000 participants and
100,000 spectators.

— Bradley Maddox

Volleyball

Playing in a tournament for the second weekend in a row, Texas volleyball went 2–1 in the Lone Star Classic College Showcase in Dallas on Saturday.

The Longhorns got off to a good start, defeating North Texas in two sets, but then dropped their second match of the spring in a 2–1 defeat to Texas A&M. Texas rebounded with a two-set victory over Texas Tech.

The tournament featured teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Longhorns will close out their spring season against UTSA at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Austin.

— Jacob Martella

Women's rowing

With the spring season heating up, Texas traveled to Clemson, South Carolina, to compete in the Clemson Invitational. The No. 14 Longhorns, who are ranked nationally for the first time since 2012, defeated five top-20 opponents and posted one first-place finish. 

Saturday’s morning session included three battles between Texas and No. 10 Washington State in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. Washington State edged out the Longhorns to take first place in all three races. In each race, the Longhorns finished no more than a one-and-a-half seconds behind Washington State.

In the afternoon session, the Longhorns posted a time of 6:22.8 in the varsity eight but finished second. The second varsity eight took third. The varsity four and second varsity four teams both claimed second place behind Virginia. 

The Longhorns began Sunday’s competition by challenging No. 12 Indiana in the varsity eight race, eventually finishing second. The Longhorns experienced similar results in the second varsity eight race, finishing second.

The Longhorns’ varsity four boat then took the first victory of the weekend, beating out Syracuse and Indiana to finish first with a time of 7:21.4. Texas closed out the weekend with a second-place finish against Indiana in the second varsity four race.

Texas will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Dale England Cup next weekend.

— James Rodriguez

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Men's golf

After snapping a three-tournament winning streak with their fourth place finish at the Augusta Collegiate Invitational last weekend, the No. 3 men’s golf team looks to get back on top at the Western Intercollegiate.

The tournament, held at the Pasatiempo Golf Club, will consist of 54 holes played in a shotgun format from April 11 to April 12. The Longhorns will face a tough field of competitors, with seven of the other 14 teams ranked, including No. 2 Arizona State.

The lineup for the weekend includes sophomore Beau Hossler, who was named Big 12 Golfer of the Month for March. Hossler finished in the top two three times this season. Joining Hossler are freshmen Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim, sophomore Gavin Hall and seniors Kramer Hickok and Brax McCarthy. Of the six in the lineup, five will count toward the team’s total.

Play tees off at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. Live results can be seen at golfstatresults.com. 

— Caroline Hall

 

Women's golf

Mountains provide both scenery and symbolism as the Texas women’s golf team looks to finish the regular season climb this weekend at the Ping USA Invitational at the ASU Karsten Course in Tempe, Arizona.

The Ping USA Invitational, the ninth and final tournament for the Longhorns, represents the team’s last opportunity to gain momentum before the stakes rise for the Big 12 Conference Championship.

The ASU Karsten Golf Course is a par-72, links-style course, where the Longhorns will look to continue their hot streak. With two consecutive second-place finishes behind them, the Longhorns have both the confidence and ability to succeed with a prospective lineup of senior Bertine Strauss, sophomores Julia Beck and Anne Hakula, and juniors Tezira Abe and Natalie Karcher.

While Strauss has led the Longhorns six different times this season, the rest of the Texas lineup has played well, and some have even set personal records. At the last tournament, the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, Hakula set a three-round personal record of 221 (+5). Also, throughout the season, every Longhorn has either set or matched their career-low round.

Fourteen other teams, including the top five nationally ranked teams, join Texas in its regular-season finale.

— Bridget Bonasoro

 

Volleyball

Coming off of their first win of the spring season, the Longhorns will headline a host of regional teams in the F.A.S.T. Complex Collegiate Invitational this weekend.

The tournament includes primarily in-state opponents, including Big 12 foes Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU, as well as Texas A&M and SMU, who Texas beat last Friday.

Junior outside hitter Amy Neal will look to continue her strong offseason start. Neal registered 12 kills in the loss at Hawaii on March 19 and added 22 more against SMU.

Sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, who was Texas’ lone representative on the All-Tournament team last season, recorded 17 blocks in the two games so far this spring and posted a .522 hitting percentage against SMU. Sophomore outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame has tallied 12 kills in each match so far this season.

The Longhorns have been short on manpower, only playing eight players over the course of the two matches. Freshman libero Cat McCoy has been day-to-day with a foot injury, and redshirt sophomore setter Nicole Dalton is out for the spring for rehab.

Sophomore setter Chloe Collins, who split playing time with Dalton last year, has guided the Texas offense in Dalton’s place with 86 assists.

Junior libero Kat Brooks has filled in for McCoy nicely as well, averaging 19.5 digs this spring.

The Longhorns continue their spring season next week with another tournament — the Collegiate Showcase in Dallas — before finishing with a home match against UTSA on April 24.

— Jacob Martella

 

Women's tennis

Texas hits the road this weekend to face one of the toughest Big 12 conference opponents — the No. 7 Baylor Bears.

Baylor is the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 and has four players ranked in the top 100, according to ITA national singles rankings. Sophomore Blair Shankle is ranked No. 30 and is followed by senior teammate Ema Burgic at No. 31. Together, they rank No. 10 in the nation as a doubles team. Baylor’s other ranked players are No. 85 junior Kiah Generette and No. 99 freshman Leolia JeanJean.

The Longhorns, who are currently ranked No. 36 as a team after a loss to No. 19 Ohio State, will have to bring their best game to walk off the courts with the advantage over the Bears. The Bears have proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with, defeating multiple ranked teams, including opponents in the top five.

Last year, the two teams met up for the last match of the season. The game was a nail-biter, going down to the last singles match, in which Shankle clinched the last singles point over then-freshman Neda Koprcina to break the tie and win the game, 4–3.

This season, Shankle is projected to play No. 48 Texas junior Breaunna Addison at No. 1 singles. Addison will look to take home her seventh-straight singles win, while Shankle comes in on a five-game streak of her own.

The match is scheduled for noon Saturday in Waco.

— Reanna Zuniga

 

 

Track and field

Texas will host its second track and field meet of the season at Mike A. Myers Stadium for the running of the Texas Invitational on Saturday.

The meet, which starts on 10 a.m. with field events, hosts many in-state schools, such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and Rice University, as well as some out-of-towners, such as Air Force and Minnesota.

At last year’s meet, several Longhorns highlighted Texas’ victory in both the men’s and women’s races. Senior Craig Lutz, one of Texas’ best distance runners, won the 1,500 meters and junior Basil Fares sealed the win in the long jump.

Redshirt senior Will Spence also hopes to have another successful Texas Invitational. Two years ago, Spence set his then-career high with a discus throw of 188-8 feet (57.52m).

In the women’s events, senior Morgan Snow looks to repeat as the 100-meter hurdles winner. Last year, the women’s team won seven events to beat second-place Baylor by more than 100 points.

Both men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete. 

— Bradley Maddox

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Men's golf

No. 3 Texas men’s golf continued its strong momentum this weekend.

The Longhorns returned from the Linger Longer Invitational on Sunday with their third straight team win. The team collectively shot a 283 on the final round to pull ahead and snag the first-place spot. 

Sophomore Beau Hossler (67-69-68) once again led the charge for the Longhorns, making one eagle and five birdies on the final round to finish with second place on the individual leaderboard. This is his third-straight top-two finish. 

Senior Kramer Hickok (68-71-72) and sophomore Gavin Hall (69-73-69), who tied for eighth place with a 5-under-par 211, also finished in the top 10. 

“Our upperclassmen did a great job in tough conditions. Beau and Gavin, with 68 and 69, were outstanding. Kramer’s 72 was equally solid. Their combined experience served us well,” head coach John Fields said.

Rounding out the Longhorn contingency were freshmen Doug Ghim (69-74-74) and Scottie Scheffler (73-71-75).

The team has next week off and returns to the course April 4 at the Augusta Collegiate Invitational in Augusta, Georgia.

Men's tennis

No. 8 Texas faced off against unranked Texas Pan-American on Sunday, winning by a score of 5–2 at the Westwood Country Club in Austin. The match marked the Longhorns’ seventh win in eight matches and was their last match before the start of conference play. 

Over the course of spring break, the Longhorns also faced off against two Big Ten opponents, No. 2 Illinois and No. 11 Ohio State. Texas fell to Illinois, 4–2, but rebounded against Ohio State, winning by a score of 4–1.

The matchup against Texas Pan-American marked a change in the Longhorns’ lineup as head coach Michael Center sat his top-three singles players — seniors Søren Hess-Olesen, Lloyd Glasspool and Adrien Berkowicz — in order to give them some rest before Big 12 play. Sophomore George Goldhoff took over Hess-Olesen’s No. 1 singles spot. Junior Nick Naumann replaced the No. 2 singles spot, and freshman John Mee replaced the No. 3 singles spot.

Goldhoff made the most of his appearance at No. 1 singles, beating Texas Pan–American sophomore Juan Cruz Soria in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3. The win improved Goldhoff’s season record to 13–8. 

Texas will begin Big 12 play this week, facing off against Oklahoma State on Friday and No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday.

Women's tennis

No. 36 Texas finished off its three-game homestand with a 4–2 win against No. 18 Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Raiders started off strong with two wins on the doubles court to take the doubles point, but the Longhorns were quick to rally. No. 49 Texas junior Breaunna Addison defeated Texas Tech senior Kenna Kilgo on court one, 6–2, 6–0, to put a point on the board for Texas.

Following Addison’s win, freshman Ryann Foster and senior Lina Padegimaite both took command of their own courts and beat out their competitors to strengthen Texas’ lead.

The only loss in singles came from freshman Dani Wagland, who struggled against Texas Tech sophomore Lynn Kiro and fell, 6–3, 6–4.

The win marked an important shift for the Longhorns. After facing a series of injuries and a tough schedule, the Longhorns, who also took down two higher-ranked opponents last week, are returning to full power.

Over the break, Texas took on its first string of Big 12 dual-match games. It started off with a 4–2 win against No. 23 Oklahoma and then a 4–1 loss to No. 10
Oklahoma State.  

Texas then came home to Austin to play Yale and TCU before taking on the Red Raiders. The Longhorns took the lead early against Yale by winning the doubles point and then swept the singles for a 4–0 victory. Texas could not get the upper hand against No. 21 TCU and fell to the Horned Frogs, 4–0.

Texas is currently 2–2 against Big 12 teams, and its next match will be against Iowa State on Friday.

After a disappointing end to its 2014 season, the Texas team has its eyes on a national championship.   

“We started the year with a team that can compete for a national championship, and that hasn’t changed,” head coach John Fields said.

Texas finally starts its four-month journey to a potential title this weekend at the Amer Ari/Big Island Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The beautiful island setting will serve as merely a backdrop for the Longhorns, who are looking for their first title since 2012. 

No. 5 Texas boasts a roster capable of finding its way to the National Championship in Florida this May. 

Sophomore Beau Hossler and freshman Doug Ghim highlight the 12-person team. Both were selected to the All-Amateur team, which is made up of the 20 best amateur golfers from around the world. 

Hossler secured first-team honors after winning the Western Amateur and placing second at the Porter Cup. Ghim earned second-team recognition following runner-up honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links and after advancing to the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur. 

“Beau Hossler has absolutely had a great role this year, even better than when he was a freshman,” Fields said. “He had a great summer, along with his teammate Doug Ghim, who had an exceptional summer as well.”

Freshmen Taylor Funk and Scottie Scheffler, along with senior Kramer Hickok, join Hossler and Ghim to round out the five-man team lineup for the Big Island Intercollegiate. 

“Those are the five spots right now, but the lineup fluctuates week-to-week to promote competition within the team,” Fields said.  “Essentially right now, Hossler and Ghim are showing they will maintain where they are, and the fifth spot will typically move week-to-week.”

Among those competing for the fifth spot on the five-man team are redshirt juniors Will Griffin and Tayler Termeer and redshirt senior Brax McCarthy. The three will compete in the Big Island tournament this week as individuals, and aren’t far from finding their way into the lineup for the Longhorns. 

“We have eight players in the event for us this week,” Fields said. “This gives us the best opportunity to stay sharp and elevate the team.”

This weekend marks a starting point on the road to a national championship for Texas. And with the necessary tools to compete, the Longhorns have a promising opportunity ahead of them.

“We can have success, and winning the U.S. Collegiate Championship last fall in Georgia was proof of that,” Fields said. “Our goal is to come together and win championships.”

Since winning the national championship in 2012, the Texas’ men’s golf team has found that hoisting the trophy for a second time is just as hard as it was to win it once.

In their attempt to return as champs in 2013, the Longhorns fell to Illinois in the first round of match play at the NCAA Championships. Last year, Texas failed to qualify for the match play portion of the championship, finishing 13th.

But with standout sophomores Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall returning to the team and incoming freshmen Taylor Funk, Doug Ghim and Scottie Scheffler providing solid depth, the Longhorns are ready to get back to the top of the college golf world.

“Our team is going to be one of the best in the country this year,” Hossler said in an interview with Longhorn Network.

While the Longhorns struggled in the NCAA Championships, they do come into the year with some momentum from winning their second-straight Big 12 championship — the first time they’ve done that since winning three straight from 2002-2004. They also bring back all but two players from last year’s squad. Senior Kramer Hickok returns after finishing in the top 10 in four tournaments last year, and Hall will look to improve after a disappointing freshman campaign.

Hossler will likely be the leader for Texas on the course, though. He led the team with 24 rounds at or below par last year and was Texas’ highest finisher in three of the last four tournaments, including a season-best third place finish in the Big 12 Championships.

And he’s only gotten better this summer. Since the NCAA tournament, Hossler made the final of the California State Amateur and won both the Southern California Amateur and the Western Amateur. 

The three incoming freshmen will also provide strength. Scheffler, ranked No. 1 in the junior rankings when signed with the Longhorns, was a three-time 4A state champion in Texas and won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, while both Funk and Ghim are likely to be key pieces for the Longhorns for the next four years as well.

Texas will be ready to get off to a strong start when it tees off for the first time in the OFCC/Fighting Illinois Invitational on Sept. 12. 

Competing in the Big 12 Championship this weekend, the men's and women's golf teams finished first and second respectively in the conference. Junior Kramer Hickok and sophomore Natalie Karcher, pictured above, led the teams' runs. 

Photo Credit: (left) Photo courtesy of Texas Sports (right) Joe Capraro | Daily Texan Staff

Men’s golf grabs second consecutive Big 12 crown

The Longhorns overcame a one-shot deficit Sunday afternoon to claim their second Big 12 Championship crown in a row. 

No. 18 Texas defeated weekend rival Texas Tech to finish the tournament with a three-stroke lead, giving the Longhorns their fifth overall Big 12 title and bringing them into the fold of Texas’ Big 12 2013/2014 champions, including volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s indoor track and field. 

The Longhorns were led by surging freshman Beau Hossler, who ended the weekend with an even-par score, tying with Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch for third place. Hossler finished in the top 10 along with senior Toni Hakula, who tied for fifth, and junior Kramer Hickok and fellow junior Brax McCarthy, who shared the tie for ninth place with six other golfers. 

Freshman Gavin Hall rounded out the Texas team, coming in with a tie for 21st.

Hossler led the team all weekend, finally seeing his hard work through the season reach fruition. 

“It’s come a long way, it had been frustrating because I wasn’t seeing results until the last three or four weeks,” Hossler said. “I’m enjoying playing for this team because I’m around a lot of really competitive guys, and that’s only helped me improve as a player. It’s nice to get [a win] under our belts and prove we can do it.”

Head coach John Fields, who has seen plenty of success in his career at Texas, knows that this win can serve as important momentum for the last two tournaments. Fields said he is proud of his team’s performance. 

“This was hard-fought,” Fields said. “This whole entire season has been a mixed bag for us in regards to overcoming a lot of obstacles. We had Kramer’s [right wrist] injury to begin the year, and our guys have persevered and worked hard. I’m super excited for them. I’m excited for our program.” 

Fields also said he knows exactly what the win really means: on to the next one. 

“Now we’ll enjoy this for a few minutes and then we’ll get ready for the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship,” Fields said.

The Longhorns will head out for the NCAA Regional Championships May 15-17, at a site to be announced. 

—James Grandberry

Women’s golf finishes second in Big 12

With determination, skill and persistence, the sixth-seeded Longhorns outplayed tough Big 12 opponents to finish second in the Big 12 Championship this weekend. 

Competing on their home course at the University of Texas Golf Club, the team recorded a collective 878 on the weekend, 17 strokes behind first-place Oklahoma. 

Breaking Texas’ previous 2011 record of 872, the Sooners shot an 861 to take home their third Big 12 title.

Sophomore Natalie Karcher led the Longhorns throughout the weekend. Karcher fired a career low-69, in Saturday’s second round, leading the individual leaderboard and propelling the team into second place overall, two spots ahead of its Round 1 finish.

The team remained consistent throughout the final round on Sunday, shooting a collective 292. Baylor rounded out the top-three with a score 884 on the weekend.

Selections for the NCAA Regionals will be announced Monday afternoon during Golf Central, Golf Channel’s daily signature news show, with dedicated segments airing throughout.

—Caroline Hall

Hossler steps up in California 

Freshman Beau Hossler led Texas to an eighth-place finish this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., gaining his first collegiate top-five finish in a third-place tie.

Freshman Gavin Hall followed, carding a 4-over finish for 26th place. Junior Brax McCarthy finished in 48th. 

Bringing up the rear in the team’s last regular season tournament, senior Toni Hakula and sophomore Kramer Hickok finished in 50th and 54th, respectively. Redshirt sophomore Will Griffin shot a 73 in the final round to claim 69th place, in a tournament that counts the best five of six players’ scores. 

Stanford utterly smashed the competition, earning the team championship by a 16-stroke margin. 

The Longhorns will defend their conference title back in Trinity at the Big 12 Championship on April 25-27. 

Women’s tennis fails to clinch top-two seed against Oklahoma State

Changing the lineup Sunday against Oklahoma State resulted in a tough 4-3 loss for Texas, as the Big 12 tournament approaches.

Sunday, against the Cowgirls, junior Lina Padegimaite replaced sophomore Breaunna Addison at No. 1 doubles with senior Elizabeth Begley, but the duo lost 8-1. Playing at second singles, freshman Ratnika Batra improved to 8-0 in the Big 12 after defeating freshman Megan McCray 6-4, 6-2.

Raindrops fell twice during the match before a third drizzle delayed the contest, with OSU up 2-1. When play resumed, Texas pulled even with Padegimaite’s win at fifth singles. The Cowgirls won two of the last three matches in three sets each to clinch the contest, 4-3.

The defeat prevented Texas from clinching a top-two seed in the conference tournament, but the Longhorns’ weekend was not a complete loss. They defeated Oklahoma 5-2 Friday. After losing the doubles point, Addison and three freshmen won their singles contests to clinch the match for Texas.

The No. 3 Longhorns failed to pull off a comeback in Tuesday’s final day of competition at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and finished fourth overall.  

Heading into Tuesday, Texas stood in third place with a chance to top Alabama and Texas A&M. In the end, it was not meant for Texas. Senior Brax McCarthy’s struggles continued as he finished eight-over-par in the final round, putting him at seventeen-over-par overall for the tournament.

Redshirt senior Johnathan Schnitzer did not bring his best game either. Schnitzer carded scores of five-over-par and two-over-par in the last two rounds. He finished tied for 27th in the tournament’s 60-player field. 

The biggest falloff for Texas came from freshman Beau Hossler. After notching a one-under-par combined score in the first two rounds, Hossler finished five-over-par in the third round. He fell apart on the back nine Tuesday, scoring bogey or worse on three different holes.

The Longhorns’ only consistency came from freshman Gavin Hall, who finished the tournament at even par.