After a slow start in stroke play at the NCAA Championship played at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, the number one ranked University of Texas Men's Golf team proved every bit the ranking bestowed upon them on Friday shooting even par and going from 13th place after the 2nd round, and one stroke off the cut-line, to 3rd place heading into match play. An impressive performance all things considered. They continued the blistering pace on Friday blanking the 6th seed Washington Huskies 5-0 in quarter-final match play action. The Horns just proved too much on the back nine and comfortably won their round.
Texas vs. Washington (in order of finish) | 5-0
Toni Hakula def. Charlie Hughes – 3 & 2
Jordan Spieth def. Ty Chambers – 4 & 3
Dylan Frittelli def. Cheng-Tsung Pan – 2 & 1
Cody Gribble def. Trevor Simsby – 2 UP
Julio Vegas def. Chris Williams – 2 & 1
Needless to say, Men's Golf coach John Fields was enthusiastic after the victory over the Huskies.
We turned well on 10, 11, 12 and 13, and managed to get two- and three-up in several matches, but that didn’t matter. When you’re playing against a quality team like Washington, you know those guys aren’t going to give up. They’re not going to quit, they’re not going to do anything other than get after it. And they did. So I’m really proud of our guys. I congratulate (Washington head coach) Matt Thurmond on a great year. He has a fantastic team – a first-team All-American, a Walker-er Cupper – and we knew that we were going to have our hands full today. So we never let down. Ever. There was some emotion involved there.
The third seeded Longhorns face Oregon, the number 7 seed, in the next round of play today. The Ducks shockingly upset UCLA 3-2 on Friday to advance. Alabama faces Cal in the other semi-final round. Should make for a great team golf weekend. On to victory so we can light the Tower! GO HORNS!