Men's countdown: No. 6 Texas
Thursday, August 29, 2013
We are counting down the top 30 men's teams heading into the fall college season.
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2012-13 Golfweek ranking: 3
Go-to guy: Junior Kramer Hickok
Season outlook: Only senior Toni Hakula remains as a member of the Texas lineup that won the 2012 NCAA Championship in his sophomore season. The Longhorns certainly will have a different look this season after losing three top players – Brandon Stone, Cody Gribble and Julio Vegas – from last spring, not to mention Jordan Spieth's early departure to turn pro after last fall. Amazingly, however, Texas head coach John Fields has reloaded.
Junior Kramer Hickok is the top returning scorer from last year’s team, but a number of Longhorns have the potential to lead the team at any given tournament. Joining Hickok and Hakula, runner-up at this summer's British Amateur, in the Texas lineup will be Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall, a pair of newcomers with decorated junior golf resumes who should keep the Longhorns in contention every time they tee it up.
Hossler, who enrolled at Texas last January and used last year as a redshirt year, is best known for his play at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, where he tied for 29th after starting the final round in eighth place and briefly leading during Round 2. Hall, one of the top players in the 2012 class, arrives in Austin after spending last fall at UCLA. Hall, who reached the Round of 16 at this month's U.S. Amateur before falling to eventual champion Matt Fitzpatrick, never played for the Bruins and was considered a redshirt last year.
Despite losing four of its best players since the beginning of last season, expect Texas to be right back in the mix.