Frittelli, Spieth lead Texas to Jerry Pate title
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – Texas showed just how good it can be with Jordan Spieth in the lineup.
The Longhorns, No. 5 in the Golfweek’s preseason rankings, won the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate on Tuesday by a whopping 20 strokes. They finished at 4-under 836.
Senior Dylan Frittelli, the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, was in line to claim medalist honors before double-bogeying the 17th hole. He finished at 7-under 203, two strokes behind Clemson’s Corbin Mills, the reigning U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.
Spieth, meanwhile, tied for sixth in his college debut. The two-time U.S. Junior champion held a share of the 36-hole lead at the Pate, but closed with a 76 Tuesday to fall off the pace. Spieth didn’t play in Texas’ season-opening event at Olympia Fields to get caught up on missed schoolwork. In his absence, the Longhorns finished fifth.
This was Texas’ first team title since the Morris Williams Intercollegiate last April. Alabama (856) and Clemson (856) finished a distant second at Old Overton Club, while Auburn (864) and Alabama-Birmingham (867) rounded out the top 5, respectively.
Cody Gribble (fifth) and Julio Vegas (11th) were among four Longhorns who finished in the top 11 individually.