Texas golfer Bentley Cotton heads to US Girls’s Beginner Championship

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

With the placing inexperienced beneath her toes, senior Bentley Cotton is aware of the right way to keep composed regardless of subsequent week’s hectic schedule. As she exchanges amusing along with her caddy, Cotton takes a deep breath and approaches the ball, understanding that sinking the following putt will safe her spot within the U.S. Girls’s Beginner Championship — the nation’s main golf match for feminine newbie golfers. 

Cotton competed in three tournaments in simply 5 days, showcasing her dedication and talent on the golf course to land a qualifying rating of 73 that despatched her to the championship.

Cotton completed ninth on the Girls’s North and South Beginner in Pinehurst; two days later, she certified for the U.S. Beginner in Arlington earlier than boarding a aircraft to Chicago for the Girls’s Western Beginner.

Just like the U.S. Beginner, regional newbie tournaments have two days of stroke play earlier than the highest gamers advance to match play. Cotton defined that the competitors’s construction helped put together her for the championship. 

“It gave me slightly little bit of a refresh taking part in in these occasions,” Cotton mentioned. “I acquired to expertise each the stroke play a part of it and the match play, which is a big benefit for the Girls’s (Beginner).”

Within the 18-hole apply rounds earlier than every match, Cotton centered on studying the course — notably the placing greens.

“When you arrive on the course, you wish to analyze the greens and get your really feel down for the velocity of the greens,” Cotton mentioned. “Each course is similar with reference to making an attempt to provide your self as many birdie possibilities as you possibly can.” 

In 2019, Cotton completed the U.S. Beginner tied for seventeenth place however has not performed within the U.S. Girls’s Beginner since 2020. 

Since debuting as a Longhorn, Cotton has introduced her stroke common down from 74.95 to 73.29 and accomplished 10 rounds with a par or higher rating throughout her junior season. Returning to the newbie occasion after three years, Cotton seems to show the steering from her Texas coaches into success. 

“It’s unbelievable what I’ve finished in my years at Texas, and my coaches have positively had loads to do with that,” Cotton mentioned. “(Ryan) Murphy, who’s our head coach, actually dove into my wedges and helped me understand what I wanted to do to turn into the following finest golfer on the planet.”

Cotton has performed golf for Texas for the final three years however has practiced in Austin since she was 7 years outdated. Rising up in Austin, Cotton golfed at her neighborhood nation membership, the Balcones Nation Membership, and now primarily performs on the Austin Nation Membership. 

Along with her household and pals close by, Cotton mentioned she invitations her teammates to her household’s home for crew dinners, one thing she hopes to do to have fun her second U.S. Girls’s Beginner look. 

“I really feel like I’m virtually just like the mother,” Cotton mentioned. “Everyone’s part of my household on the crew, so we attempt to welcome them in and make them really feel as in the event that they’re house.”

Cotton will hit the fairways of Bel-Air Nation Membership in Los Angeles on Aug. 7 for the primary day of matchplay as she hopes to additional develop her skilled profession.  

Texas ladies’s monitor and area end out season with fifth championship title

Texas monitor and area completed off its season on a constructive observe by incomes a ladies’s championship win and a males’s thirteenth place rating within the NCAA Outside Championships, with the Forty Acres internet hosting the occasion from June 7–10.

For the fifth time in class historical past, the ladies’s crew was named NCAA champions, scoring 83 factors, a brand new college report.

Graduate pupil Julien Alfred helped Texas safe the victory with 22.5 factors scored. She positioned first general within the 100 meter, ending in 10.72 seconds, the 200 meter with a 21.73 and assisted Texas with taking one other win within the 4×100 meter relay, operating the primary leg.

The 4×100 meter relay was completed in 41.60 seconds by Alfred, alongside graduate pupil Ezinne Abba, junior Rhasidat Adeleke and junior Kevona Davis. This group had already damaged the collegiate report for the occasion thrice this season, with the quickest being 41.55 earlier this season.
“We all know one another very well. We’re pals on and off the monitor,” Adeleke stated. “Now we have a very good bond, now we have actually good crew chemistry, so it’s extra than simply operating for our college, we’re operating for one another, we’re operating for one another’s households. We’re simply actually shut, and it makes it that rather more particular.”
Davis and graduate pupil Lanae-Tava Thomas confirmed out within the 200 meter, scoring third and fifth respectively. Though Texas noticed success from its star relay crew, many particular person efforts got here collectively with the intention to divide and conquer.

Adeleke gave Texas the higher hand along with her first place win within the 400 meter, performed in 49.2 seconds. Sophomore Ackelia Smith completed first in ladies’s lengthy soar with 6.88 meters and second in excessive soar scoring 14.5 meters. Junior Kristine Blazevica completed third general within the ladies’s heptathlon with 6,058 factors for all of the occasions. Graduate pupil Valery Tobias additionally helped Texas with a sixth place win within the 800 meter.

Whereas the boys’s crew didn’t see a championship title, it was no crew to be missed. Senior Leo Neugebauer set three private bests on the primary day of the meet, getting first general within the 100 meter in 10.61 seconds, then getting third within the lengthy soar with 7.68 meters and second in shot put with a 16.27 meter throw. He completed his first day with 4,591 factors, a private finest for the athlete. He additionally positioned first in discus, third in javelin, second in pole vault, third within the 400 meter and second within the 110 meter hurdles.

Neugebauer was named 2022 NCAA decathlon champion, setting the Texas report with a rating of 8,836 factors and breaking seven private bests out of 10 occasions.

“It feels wonderful,” Neugebauer stated. “The truth that I used to be capable of come out on high and with a report, particularly right here in Austin, I’m very happy.”

The six-time All-American ended the primary day with a 21-point lead, and entered his second day of competitors with a season-best time of 14.10 within the 100 meter hurdles. Neugebauer’s win gave Texas its first factors of the competitors, including 10 factors to the board.

Junior Yusuf Bizimana additionally turned nationwide runner up for the 800 meter, ending with a time of 1:45.74, a private finest. Bizimana now holds two of Texas’ high 5 instances within the college’s historical past.
Senior Crayton Carrozza, freshman Jeremiah Nubbe and sophomore Sam Hurley all reached second crew All-American for his or her occasions, with Nubbe securing a private finest within the discus with a heave of 57.84 meters.
The ladies’s crew sits at No. 1 within the Huge 12 standings, holding tight to their place after buying their eleventh NCAA crew title.

Texas baseballs wins Huge 12 championship after West Virginia sweep

After climbing itself out of a 4–7 begin to the 2023 season, Texas baseball proved themselves worthy of the Huge 12 title on Saturday night time, defeating No. 6 West Virginia in a full sweep sequence.

Key gamers Jalin Flores, Jack O’Dowd and Jared Thomas turned a 6-4-3 double play to present the Longhorns their closing win to conclude a comeback season of observe.The trio that recorded the ultimate outs of the common season noticed simply 40 at-bats on final yr’s group, all of which got here from O’Dowd as a bench bat, however previous expertise didn’t appear wanted to boost the trophy.

Thomas and Flores, each of their closing video games of their first season, delivered when it mattered most. Alongside the double play to safe the 7-3 win and sweep over No. 6 West Virginia, the pair of younger stars delivered with their bats in a sport that meant greater than any they’ve performed of their lives. Thomas scored three of Texas’ seven runs off of his three-for-five night time, and Flores’ residence run and three RBI led the Longhorns on a Saturday that might be remembered by two of the youngest Longhorns.

Regardless of being three video games again from No. 6 West Virginia heading into its weekend sequence and the ultimate matchup for every group, Texas baseball got here in with confidence. By Friday night time, the Longhorns had scored 22 runs in two video games and have been only one sport again from being Huge 12 champions, one thing that didn’t appear promising at many factors inside the common season.

Even with West Virginia’s greatest pitcher, junior Ben Hampton, taking the mound on Saturday, Texas didn’t appear phased. Actually, WVU was the group pressured to panic, because the 4 runs scored off of Hampton within the first inning have been the one runs Texas wanted to clinch the victory and hoist the trophy in entrance of 1000’s of followers decked out in burnt orange on the UFCU Disch-Falk Area.

After a 2022 season that noticed seven beginning hitters go away an Omaha-bound roster, head coach David Pierce needed to search deep to search out manufacturing from anybody, whether or not they have been bench gamers, at different faculties and even utterly new to varsity baseball. With a primary seed and presumably a regional spot on the road, Pierce despatched out a lineup that consisted of 5 Longhorns who weren’t on the roster previously season, three of which have been freshmen.

The ultimate inning was entrusted to freshman right-hander Kobe Minchey and junior USC switch Charlie Hurley, whose floor ball pitch to West Virginia’s leadoff man Tevin Tucker secured the victory and despatched the Longhorns right into a frenzy of celebration.

Although the 2023 Longhorns story couldn’t be written with out the point out of recent faces like Thomas and junior transfers Porter Brown and Garret Guillemette, the veterans of the roster contributed greater than Pierce might’ve ever hoped for. Senior Eric Kennedy and junior Dylan Campbell, each key components of final yr’s Omaha run, not solely led the group within the clubhouse, however on the sector as properly. The pair led the group in runs, residence runs, and slugging proportion, and have been two of the 5 Longhorns with an OPS (on-base + slugging) over one.

The Huge 12 event, hosted in Arlington, kicks off on Wednesday, Could 24, and would be the closing check of the energy of the Longhorns earlier than regional play returns. At this level final yr, Texas was ranked because the fifth-best group within the Huge 12. That group ended up in Omaha, an honor that each group within the nation strives for all through a greater than 60-game season.

Texas baseball just one recreation away from profitable Massive 12 championship after second win towards West Virginia

Texas Baseball is one win away from incomes the Massive 12 common season title.

A sentence many followers may’ve thought unimaginable slightly below a month in the past after being unsuccessful at house with a sweep to an unranked Oklahoma Sooners to fall to 8-7 within the Massive 12. Now the Longhorns are enjoying for an opportunity to win the convention championship in what was deemed a “rebuilding 12 months” by many within the faculty baseball world.

“It’s imply, it’s superior.” junior outfielder Dylan Campbell stated. “Clearly we got here into the sequence understanding what was at stake … we nonetheless got here out and dealt with our enterprise.”

After dropping seven beginning place gamers and two beginning pitchers from the 2022 workforce, Texas baseball regarded unlikely to make a lot noise within the Massive 12 or nationally with a rag-tag workforce of transfers and underclassmen. When the Longhorns began the season 4–7, hopes of profitable the Massive 12 had been all however gone. Even heading right into a weekend matchup towards West Virginia, the No. 66 workforce within the nation, that includes three of the perfect bats within the Massive 12, Texas didn’t surrender. Now, after profitable the primary two video games of the sequence by a mixed rating of 22-6, Texas has taken management of its personal future to win the Massive 12 and presumably have a regional sequence again in Austin.

“Little doubt,” head coach David Pierce stated when requested if that is the perfect the workforce has performed all 12 months. “To see the three (offense, protection and pitching) come collectively at a superb time of the 12 months, it’s thrilling for our workforce.”

Friday night time’s 10-4 trouncing of the Mountaineers showcased a newfound power of the Longhorns’ offense early and infrequently. With one out within the second inning, Texas already had seven runs on the board, principally due to house runs from freshman first baseman Jared Thomas, Campbell, and senior middle fielder Eric Kennedy. With a six-run lead and a rowdy crowd behind his again, redshirt sophomore right-hander Lebarron Johnson Jr. started working towards the highest 10 workforce.

“Seeing them produce the runs offers me (the) confidence to go on the market and assist my workforce win,” Johnson Jr. stated.

Johnson Jr., who has not too long ago labored his method into the quantity two spot within the rotation for Texas, added one other spectacular recreation to an already versatile resume that included 5 scoreless innings towards then-No. 1 LSU in February. LBJ went 5 1/3 innings, putting out 11 and giving up simply two runs in his fifth straight begin of over 5 innings.

Johnson Jr. now stands atop the Massive 12 in convention ERA with a 2.08 ERA, a complete 0.92 factors forward of his teammate Lucas Gordon in second place. He now has 48 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings within the Massive 12 alongside an exceptional six earned runs in his final 5 begins.

“I really like Lucas,” Johnson Jr. stated. “He’s my locker mate, so we chat it up on a regular basis as starters, however he pushes me to be higher and I push him to be higher.”

Thomas, Campbell and Kennedy every had two RBIs, and sophomore third baseman Peyton Powell additionally added a house run in a two-for-four efficiency. Campbell added three runs for the Horns alongside a number of defensive performs, together with a diving catch to rob freshman DH Logan Sauve of additional bases within the seventh.

“He’s, to me, (one in all) if not the perfect proper fielder within the nation,” head coach David Pierce stated about Campbell. “When you’ve got your greatest gamers as the primary guys within the constructing, they need to be on this spot.”

To win the Massive 12, Texas wanted to brush West Virginia and have OU take a recreation off of Oklahoma State. Throughout Texas’ blowout win, Oklahoma shut out the Cowboys to offer the Longhorns an opportunity on the title, as a three-way tie with Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia would favor Texas based mostly on head-to-head matchups. The Longhorns now can do no worse than a three-seed within the Massive 12 even with a loss tomorrow.

Texas has now scored 64 runs of their final 4 video games relationship again to final sequence towards San Jose State and can depend on redshirt sophomore Tanner Witt’s arm for an opportunity on the Massive 12 title on Saturday.