Texas took the first step toward defending its NCAA golf championship on Wednesday by claiming its fourth Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
It was the Longhorns’ first conference championship since 2004, but they had to hold off Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to do it. Led by freshman Brandon Stone, Texas finished with a team score of 19-over-par 859 over the three-day, 54-hole championship. Stone won individual medalist honors with a three-round score of even-par 210. He is the first Texas golfer to win individual honors since Matthew Rosenfeld did it in 2006.
Oklahoma State finished second, four shots back of the champion Longhorns. Oklahoma was third, 10 stokes off the pace. The Sooners’ foursome had the best round of the final day, firing an enven-par 280 after starting the day 18 shots back of Texas going into the final day. OU’s third-place finish was its highest since winning the conference golf championship in 2006.
TCU (871), Kansas State (891), Baylor (895), Texas Tech (897) Kansas (899) and Iowa State (904) rounded out the championship standings.
Oklahoma State held a five-shot advantage over Texas after the first day, but the Lonbghorns roared back on day two with a one-over team score of 281, 11 shots better than Oklahoma State’s second-day total to take the lead, which it never relinquished from that point.
Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State finished second behind UT’s Stone in the individual scoring. He was three shots back of Stone, with a 54-hole total of 213. Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer and Cody Gribble of Texas tied for third at five-over 215.