Senior Gribble leads No. 6 Texas to third consecutive Morris Williams title
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior Cody Gribble chipped in a timely eagle on the 14th hole and followed with a birdie to lead No. 6 Texas to its third consecutive Morris Williams Intercollegiate title Sunday afternoon at The University of Texas Golf Club. Gribble (72-67-71) led the Longhorns with a fifth-place finish at 3-under-par 210. The Longhorns topped ranked opponents No. 11 TCU (third), No. 14 Oklahoma State (fourth), No. 3 New Mexico (fifth) and No. 21 Kent State (10th).
Texas’ win marked its fourth of the season and second in a row after winning the Augusta State Invitational last weekend.
Playing in the lead group, Gribble struggled early in his round with three bogeys on the front nine. A fourth bogey ensued after the turn before he sank his first birdie on the par-5 No. 11. After a pair of pars, Gribble chipped in from eight paces off the 14th green for his second eagle in as many rounds, and he birdied the next hole to drop to even par, where he sat for the remainder of the day.
In the 54-hole tourney, Gribble played the back nine of UTGC at 8-under, including a 6-under performance in Saturday’s second round.
One week after recording a then-career best tie for 13th place at Augusta State, sophomore Kramer Hickok finished in seventh place on his home course. Hickok (73-67-72) trailed Gribble by two strokes, and his 1-under 212 marked the best raw score of his Longhorn career.
Freshman Brandon Stone (73-73-71) also carded a level-par scorecard Sunday afternoon with four birdies and four bogeys. He finished tied for 19th place at 4-over 217 alongside senior Julio Vegas (71-74-72) and junior Toni Hakula (78-66-73).