Men’s Golf Preview #9: Amer Ari
When: From Thursday 3 February to Saturday 5 February
Game schedule: 18 holes on Thursday (11:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. HT), 18 holes on Friday (11:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. HT), 18 holes on Saturday (11:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. HT departure)
Or: Hapuna Golf Course (Waimea, Hawaii)
Course information: Par-72; 6,875 yards
Live statistics: https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=24476
Field: In addition to the Longhorns (No. 9 in the latest Division I Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, Nov. 19), the 19-team Amer Ari field includes: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 18 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Auburn, No. 20 Washington, Hawaii (co-host), Hawaii-Hilo (co-host), Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Jose State, TCU, UC Davis, and UCLA.
Texas programming: UT will be represented by the following six players at Amer Ari:
- Travis Vick (Jr., 71.58 average)
- Cole Hammer (Sr., 72.33 average)
- Mason Nome (Jr., 74.08 avg)
- Alexander González (Fr., 75.67 avg)
- Randall Fojtasek (So 73.33 on average)
Indiana) Does Thomson (Jr., 74.92 average)
Big 12 Match Play Champions: The Longhorns earned a 3-2-1 win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Oct. 13 in the 2021 Big 12 Match Play Championship title game at the Houston Oaks Clubs (Hockley, Texas). It was UT’s first Big 12 Match Play title since the event began in 2018. Texas had wins in Pool B over TCU (4-2-0), Baylor (5-1- 0) and Iowa State (3-0-3) with a 3-3-0 draw against then-No. 2 State of Oklahoma. The tie with the Cowboys gave the Longhorns a total of 10 points to secure first place in Pool B and advance to the championship game against Texas Tech. Pierceson Coody and Mason Nome each recorded perfect individual records of 5-0-0 in match play at the Big 12 Match Play Championship.
PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global: The Velocity World Rankings are designed to identify the best college golfers based on their earnings, competitiveness, and performance throughout the season. It includes the last two years of competition in men’s NCAA Division I golf tournaments and official PGA TOUR tournaments. The rankings are updated weekly on Wednesdays and will be finalized on May 30, 2022, following the conclusion of NCAA Championship stroke play. The top five will earn a Korn Ferry Tour membership, while players finishing sixth through 15th will earn a PGA TOUR international tour membership. In the most recent ranking (February 2), Pierceson Coody is No. 2, Cole Hammer is #9 and Parker Coody is No. 28.
Inside Texas Lineup
Travis Vick: No. 43 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings (Jan. 26) … tied for fourth at the Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 24-26) with a total of 54 holes of 5-under par 211 (70-67-74) …his 5-under 67 in the second round of the Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 25) included a pair of eagles…tied for seventh at the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 13-15) at par 216 (71-74-71)…s’ qualified for 2021 US Amateur Semi-Finals…Honourable Mention 2021 All-American (Golfweek, GCAA)…2021 All-Big 12 Team selection…six individual top-15 finishes in 2020 season -21, including a fourth-place finish at the East Lake Cup and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Noblesville Regional.
Cole Hammer: No. 8 in current World Amateur Golf Rankings … tied for seventh at OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational (Sept. 17-19) at par 210 (71-68-71) … tied for 11th at Maridoe Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 13-15) at 1 over par 217 (76-71-70) … his 4-under 68 in the first round of the Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 24) included a hole-in-one … competed in the 2021 The Open Championship and the 2021 US Open Championship…2021 honorable mention All-American (GCAA)…earned medalist honors at the 2021 Big 12 Championship…2021 All-Big 12 Team selection…five individual top-10 finishes during the season 2020-21… competed for Team USA in the 2021 and 2019 Walker Cup… 2020-21 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar… 2021 Academic All-Big 12 first team… 2019 consensus first team All-American… 2018 Western Champion amateur.
Mason Nome: No. 133 in the current World Amateur Golf Rankings … tied for 11th at the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 13-15) at 1 over par 217 (76-71-70) … posted a perfect individual record of 5-0 -0 at the 2021 Big 12 Match Play Championship (October 11-13) … qualified for Match Play at the 2021 US Amateurs … three individual top-10 finishes during the 2020-21 season, including a tie for fifth place at the Border Olympics and a tie for 10th in the Big 12 Championship…2020-21 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar…2021 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
Alexander González: Earned a 29th-place finish at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (October 18-19) at 10-over-par 223 (73-73-77) … tied for 50th at the Southwestern Invitational (January 24-26) at 15-over par 231 (76-76-79) … a native of Querétaro, Mexico … posted two top-five finishes on the AJGA Tour in 2020, including a fifth-place finish at the Visit Tallahassee Junior Championship in Tallahassee, Florida in October 2020 …won the Legends Tour College Preview 2020, AAT Autumn Classic 2019, and AAT Fall Break Open 2019.
Randall Fojtasek: Tied for 19th at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (October 18-19) at 7 over par 220 (70-72-78) … during his prep career, recorded an individual third-place finish at the 2019 Southern Championship and the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship 2019.
Does Thomson: Will compete as an individual at the Amer Ari … tied for 19th at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (October 18-19) at 7 over par 220 (74-71-75) … Player ranked No. 10 in the class of 2019 (Golfweek/Sagarin) … Honorable Mention selection AJGA Rolex Junior All-American … 2018 New York State Amateur Champion … placed third at 2018 Western Junior Championship … tied for 12th at Porter Cup 2018.