ROCKY FACE, Ga. — The first big tournament of the 2012-13 college season looked a lot like the last match of 2011-12. Texas got the better of Alabama again.
The reigning NCAA champion Longhorns, who edged the Crimson Tide 3-2 in last year’s championship match at the NCAA finals, rolled to a five-shot victory over Georgia and bettered Alabama, Golfweek’s preseason No. 1 team, by 14 shots Sunday at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. Texas – led by freshman Brandon Stone, a South Africa native who earned medalist honors in his college debut, and co-runner-up Jordan Spieth – finished at 13-under 851 at The Farm Golf Club. Georgia finished at 8-under 856, followed by Alabama at 1-over 865. Clemson and LSU tied for fourth at 7-over 871.
Stone finished with a 12-under 204 total that included a 9-under 63 in Round 2. Spieth and Georgia’s T.J. Mitchell tied for second individually at 10 under. Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt tied for fourth with Clemson’s Stephen Behr at 7 under.
Texas shot 5-over 293 and trailed Georgia by 15 shots after Round 1, but the Longhorns’ 22-under 266 in Round 2 was the difference. In addition to Stone’s 63, Texas got a 66 from Spieth, a 67 from Kramer Hickok and a 70 from Johnathan Schnitzer, meaning that Julio Vegas’ even-par 72 didn’t even count. The Longhorns shot 292 in Sunday’s final round.