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.
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.
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
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.