AUSTIN, Texas — Let's call this a day of separation for the Longhorns men's golf team.
Entering Day 2 of the Austin Regional at the UT Golf Club, Texas was tied with Pepperdine at -6, six under par. But as a team, they produced a -10, ten under par, day and they have a significant lead heading into the third and final round.
Not even a north wind on the 18th hole could hold back the Longhorns.
"Eighteen is a brutal hole when you're going into a north wind," junior Spencer Soosman said. "Pretty happy how I played, obviously, really happy for the guys to hear that everyone is playing great."
Soosman was one of three Longhorns who fired a -3, 68 round two.
"We thought we should pull away, this is what we thought should happen," lone senior Steven Chervony said. "We expect to play well here – we expect to play well anywhere – but this is our course. So, we wanted to show off a little bit, maybe."
Chervony is in a five-way tie individual lead in the Austin Regional. At -5, Chervony shares that lead with Texas teammates Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody.
"It takes a moment to get your balance," Head Coach John Fields said about his team's improved round on their home course. "I do think they came back today and were just a little bit more comfortable and obviously had some good things happen out there, made some putts and hit some shots in the right places."
Coach Fields said it best: This team has acclimated to the UT Golf Club, simply because they don't have a home tournament on this course.
Texas has a 16 stroke lead over Clemson and Pepperdine heading into Wednesday's final round.
The top five teams and the lowest individual from a non-advancing team will advance to the NCAA Golf Championship which begins May 24th in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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