Stevens: Millican's Lobos Finish Second To No. 1 Texas Longhorns

March 17, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Men's Golf - At Morris Williams Intercollegiate

Where: University of Texas Golf Club -- Austin, Texas
Top Four Teams: 1. Texas, 843. 2. New Mexico 859. 3. TCU, 866. 4. Texas A&M, 868.
Top Individuals: Dylan Frittelli, Texas, 208; Jordan Spieth, Texas, 208; Julio Vegas, Texas, 208; Alex Moon, Texas, 209; Cameron Peck, Texas A&M, 209; Shane Rogan, Charleston, 212; James Erkenbeck, New Mexico, 212; Victor Perez, New Mexico, 213.

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/

AUSTIN, Texas -- If a golf team manages to get a tournament's medalist, that low score obviously helps a team's charge to the team title.

So, what happens if a team has three golfers tie for medalist honors?

In the case of the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns, that means they pull away from the field and coast in for an easy 16-stroke win.

Yes, you might say the top-ranked Longhorns put the pedal to the metal - and put the golf ball on the green stuff in pulling away from a game New Mexico Lobos team Saturday on the University of Texas Golf Club.

Maybe Glen Millican's Lobos held on to do what the whole field was shooting for anyway - a No. 2 finish behind the loaded Longhorns.

"They had some advantages playing at home, but they also went out and proved why they are the top-ranked team in college golf," said Lobo Coach Millican. "I'm proud of my guys for finishing second in a tournament of this caliber. We finished ahead of a lot of very good golf teams."

Texas went into Saturday's final round with a six shot lead over the Lobos, but carded a team count of 282 while the Lobos dipped 10 shots from their last round of 282 and came in at 292.

The Longhorns had three golfers fighting for medalist honors as Dylan Frittelli, Jordan Spieth and Julio Vegas all came in at 208. Texas' Alex Moon, playing as an individual, had the second-best card of the 54-hole tournament which settled him in a tie for fourth place at 209.

The Texas team card went 281-280-282 - 843.

The Lobos struggled a bit on Saturday after posting team cards of 285 and 282 on Friday's 36-hole battle. UNM scored a 292 to drop away from Texas, but held on to beat TCU's 866. The Horned Frogs shot 293 on Saturday to finish third.

The Lobos' James Erkenbeck and Victor Perez finished in the Top Ten, tied for the eighth spot at 213. Erkenbeck and Perez played solid on Saturday, but couldn't go low with rounds of 73 and 72, respectively.

Gavin Green (217 - tied for 14th) and John Catlin (218 - tied for 17th) had Top 20 finishes to help the Lobos take runner-up honors.

Texas' Frittelli, shot a 68 to edge into the tie with Spieth and Vegas, who both had 69s on the final 18 holes.

This is the fifth tournament Texas has won in 2011-12 season and the win Saturday gives Texas back-to-back titles at the Morris Williams.

The tourney is held annually in memory of former University of Texas golf star Morris Williams, Jr., who died in a plane crash while serving in the Air Force in 1953. An Austin native, Williams became the city's youngest junior champion at age 13 and dominated the local golf scene for the next several years.

He starred on the Longhorns' teams from 1947-50 and led Texas to Southwest Conference championships in 1947, 1948 and 1950. In his final year (1950), Williams was runner-up in the NCAA Championship as UT finished second in the team competition.