AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas golf hadn’t won a tournament all year, but they picked the right time at the Austin Regional.
The Longhorns ran away and hid from the competition in the final two days of the three-day tournament, scoring -25 and beating the field by 20 strokes.
Texas advances to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas along with TCU, Clemson, Pepperdine and USC with the stroke play rounds beginning May 24.
“Patience is a big key in golf and I think we exhibited that and now we’ve got a chance to take this momentum, go to the national championship, be really focused, prepare well and maybe do something really special,” Texas coach John Fields said.
After the first day, the Longhorns and Pepperdine were tied for the lead at -6. Texas relied on its knowledge of the course and some standout individual performance. Senior Steven Chervony and freshman Cole Hammer tied for individual low-medalist at -9 with TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli.
“Oh my gosh, to get our first win at home in front of a bunch fans that support us was incredible. We’ve played well this whole year, but just haven’t put everything together for three straight rounds,” Texas freshman Cole Hammer said. “We got off to a rough start the first day. We were a couple over and towards the back of the pack and then the team just turned it on. I think once everybody got a little more comfortable playing at home—everybody just turned it on
Every Longhorn finished in the top 20. Twin brothers, Pierceson and Parker Coody finished tied for 8th and tied for 11th, respectively. Junior Spencer Soosman finished tied for 20th.