Texas golf will kick off the season as the No.1 team in the country, as the Bushnell Golf Week Coaches poll placed the Longhorns first in the nation on Friday.
A dominant Longhorns golf season in 2016 was capped by a dramatic NCAA tournament that featured star golfer Beau Hossler competing with a torn labrum in the final holes of the semi-finals. The Longhorns ended up falling just short of Oregon in the championship despite conceding one match due to Hossler’s absence.
Though Hossler will not return his senior season due to turning pro, the ‘Horns are nearly unanimous favorites for this year’s campaign.
Texas received 16 of the 25 first place votes, with second ranked USC earning four first place votes. National champion Oregon is only slotted at 15th after losing individual NCAA champion Aaron Wise to the pros.
The Longhorns will be led by All-American and lone senior Gavin Hall, as well as juniors Scottie Scheffler, Doug Ghim, and Taylor Funk, who all played pivotal roles in Texas’ NCAA tournament run last season. Texas will also add three highly touted freshmen — Drew Jones, Parker Sexton, and Nick Costello to the roster.
Texas has captured three golf national championships in its history, last claiming the title in 2012 when then sophomore Jordan Spieth led the ‘Horns to victory.
Though the men’s golf season begins on September 16th, the NCAA Golf Championships won’t take place until May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The UT golf club will host a qualifying NCAA regional for the event on May 15-17.
The golf season is long, but for Texas, it’s good to be No.1 before it even begins.