Freshman Stone helps No. 6 Texas defend Augusta State invite title
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- No. 6 Texas carded a final-round 3-under 285 in Sunday's final round of the Augusta State Invitational to successfully defend its title and collect its third win of the 2012-13 season. Freshman Brandon Stone (74-68-70) rolled to his fifth top-five finish with a 4-under 212 for fourth place, marking the sixth time this season he has been UT's low player.
The Longhorns (296-282-285=863, -1) borrowed a bit of 'Sunday magic' from nearby Augusta National -- site of next week's Masters Golf Tournament -- to overcome the host Jaguars' two-stroke lead through 36 holes.
Stone's final-round scorecard at Forest Hills Golf Club began with the first of five birdies on the opening hole before encountering the first of three bogeys at No. 4. With a birdie-bogey tradeoff on Nos. 6 and 7, he made the turn at even par. His third birdie of the day came at No. 11 and he dipped to 2-under with a bogey-birdie-birdie stretch at Nos. 15-17.
Through 54 holes, Stone recorded 13 birdies, nine bogeys and 32 pars.
Sophomore Kramer Hickok (74-70-72) recorded a career-best tie for 13th place at even-par 216, while senior Cody Gribble (74-75-70=219) finished three strokes back to tie for 19th.
Junior Brax McCarthy (76-69-76=221) and junior Toni Hakula (74-77-73=224) rounded out the Texas contingent in ties for 28th and 42nd places, respectively