Bobby Hudson

Golf

Senior Bobby Hudson received a sponsor’s exemption to compete in this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Hudson, as the tournament will take place June 10-13 at TPC Southwind in Hudson’s hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

Hudson saw his collegiate career come to an end last week at the NCAA Championships, where he finished tied for 94th. He competed in the NCAA Championships in each of his four years at Texas and claimed two individual regular season tournament titles as a Longhorn.

Other notable participants in the St. Jude Classic include Texas Exes Jhonattan Vegas, Bob Estes, and Harrison Frazar.

Sports Briefly

The roster of the 2011 All-Big 12 team was released Tuesday, and a trio of Longhorns received honors. Senior Bobby Hudson, junior Dylan Frittelli and freshman Toni Hakula were among 11 student-athletes recognized by the conference.


Hudson was honored for the third time in his career after posting three top-10 finishes this season. His best finish came at the Amer Ari Invitational in which he tied for first.


Frittelli, last year’s golfer of the year, was once again commended by the conference. He currently leads the Longhorns with a 72.97 stroke average, and most recently competed in his third Big 12 Championship, where he finished in 11th place.


Hakula becomes the fifth overall and second consecutive Longhorn to win the conference’s newcomer of the year award.


The NCAA announces its selections for the NCAA regional championships on May 9. The six NCAA regional championship events begin May 19.

Men's Golf

The Longhorns are comfortably seated at sixth on the leaderboard after day two of the Puerto Rico Classic. This position among the field seems to fit right into Texas’ plan. The Longhorns have made a habit this season of slowly creeping up the leaderboards as an event nears its conclusion. The Longhorns have done it again, moving up five places since the first round. In every tournament they have competed in, the Longhorns have improved their position after every round. Texas, which is one-over for the tournament, trails leader Georgia Tech by 15 strokes. Heavy favorite and conference rival Oklahoma State sits at third, six strokes off the lead.

Round one on Sunday was not so kind to Texas, with freshman Toni Hakula recording the only under-par round for the Longhorns at one-under. Texas got back on track Monday with senior Bobby Hudson, junior Dylan Frittelli and sophomore Cody Gribble all shooting one-under for the day.

Hogan Award watch list addition Bobby Hudson rebounded from his forgettable first round, which saw him finish the day at eight-over and two spots from the bottom of the individual leaderboard.

After his one-over first round, Gribble had three birdies over to finish the day tied for 15th on the individual leaderboard.

Adam Wennerstrom and Hakula are both two-over for the tournament and tied for 30th on the individual leaderboard.

Mens Golf

Longhorn senior Bobby Hudson is one of 26 collegiate golfers recently named to the watch list for the 2011 Ben Hogan Award.

The Hogan Award is regarded as the most prestigious award in men’s amateur golf, and is annually presented to the top golfer in Division I, II, or III, NAIA or NJCAA. Last year’s winner was University of Washington’s Nick Taylor.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced April 14. The three finalists will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Hogan Award presentation on the evening of May 16.

Men's golf

Another tournament, another successful showing for the No. 8 ranked Texas men’s golf team. The trip to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Scioto Country Club reaped them a third-place finish in the final team standings. The seeds of such labors were sewn in the last two rounds of the tournament, where the Longhorns scored the best collective score for those 36 holes out of the entire field with an 8-over par.

A strong finish like that was just what the Longhorns needed, as they struggled out of the gate in the first of their three rounds.

“We got off to a poor start,” said Texas golf head coach John Fields. “I’m really pleased that our guys came back the way they did the final two rounds, with the low score over the final 36 holes.”

The surge to finish near the top of the standings — Texas was only one shot behind the runner-up, Illinois — was spearheaded by the familiar names of senior Bobby Hudson and junior Dylan Frittelli. Each finished in the top 10 individually, with Hudson tying for eighth place at 7-over after struggling a bit on the first nine holes. Frittelli, who notched his first top-10 finish of the young season, earned 10th place with an 8-over.

“Bobby came back today with a 31 on the final nine, which was certainly extremely helpful in getting us to a third-place finish,” said Fields. “He just did not let down, and I did not expect he would. The same is true for Dylan, who played extremely well today.”

With the usually sensational sophomore Cody Gribble not playing up to his standards, Fields was glad to see sophomore Julio Vegas step up. In just his second college start, Vegas tied for 11th place with his score of 11-over.

“Julio had a good summer and he has used that momentum to come in and help us this fall, and that has been great,” said Fields. “We needed him to do that.”

The Longhorns leave the Midwest with a Texas-sized chip on their shoulders. They finished with their best team ranking of the season, but would surely like a mulligan for their admittedly poor first round of the tournament. After all, Texas finished only seven shots shy of first-place team Oklahoma State. Fields believes that it’s the tournaments like these that will shape his team into the championship-caliber squad he expects them to become.

“We know we must get significantly better,” he said. “Every player on our team is challenging themselves to do that. The only way to do that is to challenge ourselves with this great schedule with events at great courses. Playing here was a great experience for our guys.” 

Another tournament, another successful showing for the No. 8 ranked Texas men’s golf team. The trip to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Scioto Country Club reaped them a third-place finish in the final team standings. The seeds of such labors were sewn in the last two rounds of the tournament, where the Longhorns scored the best collective score for those 36 holes out of the entire field with an 8-over par.

A strong finish like that was just what the Longhorns needed, as they struggled out of the gate in the first of their three rounds.

“We got off to a poor start,” said Texas golf head coach John Fields. “I’m really pleased that our guys came back the way they did the final two rounds, with the low score over the final 36 holes.”

The surge to finish near the top of the standings — Texas was only one shot behind the runner-up, Illinois — was spearheaded by the familiar names of senior Bobby Hudson and junior Dylan Frittelli. Each finished in the top 10 individually, with Hudson tying for eighth place at 7-over after struggling a bit on the first nine holes. Frittelli, who notched his first top-10 finish of the young season, earned 10th place with an 8-over.

“Bobby came back today with a 31 on the final nine, which was certainly extremely helpful in getting us to a third-place finish,” said Fields. “He just did not let down, and I did not expect he would. The same is true for Dylan, who played extremely well today.”

With the usually sensational sophomore Cody Gribble not playing up to his standards, Fields was glad to see sophomore Julio Vegas step up. In just his second college start, Vegas tied for 11th place with his score of 11-over.

“Julio had a good summer and he has used that momentum to come in and help us this fall, and that has been great,” said Fields. “We needed him to do that.”

The Longhorns leave the Midwest with a Texas-sized chip on their shoulders. They finished with their best team ranking of the season, but would surely like a mulligan for their admittedly poor first round of the tournament. After all, Texas finished only seven shots shy of first-place team Oklahoma State. Fields believes that it’s the tournaments like these that will shape his team into the championship-caliber squad he expects them to become.

“We know we must get significantly better,” he said. “Every player on our team is challenging themselves to do that. The only way to do that is to challenge ourselves with this great schedule with events at great courses. Playing here was a great experience for our guys.”