Texas, Scheffler score big wins at Western Intercollegiate

Texas, Scheffler score big wins at Western Intercollegiate

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Texas, Scheffler score big wins at Western Intercollegiate

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Texas head coach John Fields understands as well as anyone who deals with competitive golf at a high level how important it is to be patient. It’s a characteristic that goes hand in hand with winning championships.

Before the start of the Western Intercollegiate, Fields talked about his players finding a way to get a few more individual wins. It was obvious Fields was ready for his Longhorns to break from their gallop into a stampede as the postseason approaches.

“We are continuing to want our guys to step up and we have had that at times, but we have not had that all at the same time,” Fields said before the first round. “That’s the vision and the desire. We know each one of them is capable of stepping up and winning golf tournaments, but we need them to go ahead and do it.”

This week at Pasatiempo Golf Club, site of the 69th Western Intercollegiate, the Longhorns certainly stepped up, individually and as a team. Four players finished inside the top 14 as the team won, too.

In fact, Texas now owns a share of the Western Intercollegiate final-round scoring record. The team posted 10-under 340 on the par-70, 6,615-yard layout to finish 14 shots clear of Oregon and 15 shots better than 36-hole leader Stanford. The format was play six men, count five scores.

It was the fifth tournament victory this season for Texas, but more importantly, the fourth in the last five starts. That’s good news for Longhorn fans as the postseason approaches.

“Any kind of round under par is a great round out here,” Fields said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the guys.”

Only Beau Hossler had found the winner’s circle this year, at the John Hayt Intercollegiate earlier this spring. Now Scottie Scheffler has a trophy, and Fields is pleased to see it.

“When you have multiple winners on your team, you have a good chance to win any golf tournament you play,” Fields said.

This may not have been exactly what some had forecast for Scheffler, arguably the best recruit entering college golf last fall. Still, he’s beginning to play well when it matters the most. In his last start at the 3M Augusta Invitational, he placed second with a 12-under total. Add in this week’s 9-under total and he’s 21 under in his last six rounds.

“What people miss in college is kids are leaving home for the first time and getting comfortable in their new surroundings, it takes time,” said Fields. “For Scottie, he is just now getting more comfortable and having fun playing college golf.”

For Scheffler, a few new wedges and some extra work around the greens may be paying off.

“I have just been trying to get everything under control, I feel like I have been all over the place at times this semester and last semester,” Scheffler said.

This team’s day was made even a little bit better watching former Longhorn golfer Jordan Spieth win the Masters just a few minutes after receiving their own trophy.

“I am super thrilled,” Fields said. “It’s a real emotional time for all of us, but we are extremely proud.”

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