Trinity, Texas - The No. 1 nationally ranked Texas Longhorns claimed their fourth-consecutive Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship in impressive fashion Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club, shooting a Big 12 Championship record low -15 (273) on the final day to claim the title.
The Longhorns finished the championship at -14 (1138), a Big 12 record 26 shots better than the next closest team. Four ‘Horns shot subpar rounds on Sunday to tie another Big 12 record, including Gavin Hall who shot a bogey-free -5 (67) on his way to a tie for sixth at -2 (286) overall.
Oklahoma State’s Stratton Nolen took home the Big 12 Individual Championship by shooting a -6 (282) to win by one stroke. Nolen shot a final round -2 (70) that included birdies on holes 14 and 15 to defeat UT’s Beau Hossler and TCU’s Paul Barjon who finished at -5.
Hossler shot a final round -3 (69) to contribute to the Longhorns record day and his tie for second place, and 2015 individual champion Scottie Scheffler put together a final round -4 (68) to help Texas and finish in ninth place individually at even par (288). Additionally, UT’s Doug Ghim finished at -3 for the tournament (t-4th) after a final round even par 72, and Taylor Funk contributed Texas’ fourth sub-par round of the day, a -3 (69). The ‘Horns four players in the final top 10 tie a Big 12 Championship mark.
K-State’s Jeremy Gandon (-3), OU’s Grant Hirschman (-2) and ISU’s Nick Voke (-1) also all finished the championship under par on their way to All-Tournament honors (given to the top 10 finishers).
Texas’ fantastic final day also netted them a tie for the most players in the 60s in a single round with four (Hossler, Hall, Scheffler & Funk), tying Oklahoma’s State’s third round in 2011. The ‘Horns six rounds in the 60s over the course of the weekend sets a new Big 12 Championship record, surpassing the previous high of five, which they most recently tied in 2015. Finally, Texas also smashed the record for most subpar rounds in a championship with eight, surpassing the previous mark of five that they also tied in 2015.
Oklahoma State finished in second place at +12 (1164), and Texas Tech came in third with a +13 (1165). Oklahoma ended in fourth (+24), Baylor fifth (+30) and Kansas and Kansas State tied for sixth (+33). TCU (+35), Iowa State (+44) and West Virginia (+53) came in eighth through 10th place, respectively.
Teams now await their NCAA Tournament fate, as the Division I Men’s Golf Selection Announcement Show is set to air Thursday, May, 5 at 8:30 a.m. CT on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The top 81 teams and 45 individuals (whose teams do not qualify) will qualify for regional play. The show will also be streamed live on the Golf Channel website.
1. Stratton Nolen, OSU 282 (-6)
2. Beau Hossler, UT 283 (-5)
Paul Barjon, TCU 283 (-5)
4. Jeremy Gandon, K-State 285 (-3)
Doug Ghim, UT 285 (-3)
6. Grant Hirschman, OU 286 (-2)
Gavin Hall, UT 286 (-2)
8. Nick Voke, ISU 287 (-1)
9. Scottie Scheffler, UT 288 (E)
10. Connor Peck, KU 290 (+2)