Texas finishes off dominating victory at Southwestern Invitational
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The Texas Longhorns grew up a bit this week at North Ranch Country Club.
Sparked by freshman Jacob Sosa's
opening round 61, the Longhorns finished off a wire-to-wire victory at the Southwestern Invitational outside of Los Angeles, carding a 14-under team score of 850 which was good for a 13-shot win over host Pepperdine.
While seniors Travis Vick
and Brian Stark
had a hard time finding their footing this week, Texas' three freshmen Keaton Vo
(2nd), Sosa (3rd) and Christiaan Mass
(t-5th) answered the call and led the Longhorns to their first team title since capturing last year's NCAA Championship in Scottsdale.
The 17th-ranked Horns paved their path to victory with an 18-under opening round of 270 and were never threatened over the next two days. Pepperdine carded the lowest round of the day on Wednesday with a 3-under 285 to move into solo second behind the Longhorns, followed by No. 2 Arizona (+4), Oregon (+8).
While three Texas players finished in the top five, it was Wake Forest's Michael Brennan
who came away with the individual title after firing a final round 69 to earn a one-stroke victory over Vo.
Teeing off two hours before Vo, Sosa and Arizona State's Luke Potter
, Brennan was at even par on his round through 14 holes, but reeled off three birdies over his final four holes, including one on 18, to take a clubhouse lead at 9-under.
Vo moved to 8-under after a birdie on 14, but could get no closer after finishing with four straight pars. Potter, got to 7-under after back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 but a double bogey on 17 knocked him out of title contention.
Sosa had a hard time following his record-setting round of 61 from Monday and four bogeys and a double led to a second consecutive 2-over round of 74 and a third-place finish at 7-under 209. Maas also shot a 74 on Wednesday and dropped into a tie for fifth place at 4-under 212.
The win is Brennan's fifth individual title of his career and first since his victory at the 2021 Colonial Collegiate
ABOUT THE Southwestern Invitational
54-hole men's college tournament with team (best
scores of five players) and individual competitions.
Southwestern Invitational is the combination of two
tournaments: the Southwestern Intercollegiate
(started by USC in 1978) and the Jones Invitational
(hosted by Pepperdine since
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