Doug Ghim named a finalist for 2018 Jack Nicklaus Award

The illustrious recognition keeps coming for the star Longhorn golfer.

Three days after being named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award, which honors the nation’s best golfer, senior Doug Ghim was named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award for the same honor. Along with Ghim, four other golfers were named finalists. Fellow rival Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), Justin Suh (USC), Shintaro Ban (UNLV) and Norman Xiong (Oregon) are finalists.

The 2018 Jack Nicklaus Award will be announced next Thursday, May 31 and the award will be presented to the winner by Jack Nicklaus himself on Sunday, June 3 during the last day of the PGA Tour Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

With the event being sponsored by Barbasol, the winner of this award will compete in the Barbasol Shootout next weekend for freedom into the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship in Lexington, Kentucky in July.

(Golf Digest took a look at the different college golf player-of-the-year awards in an article this week.)

This is another one of many major achievements that Ghim has earned this year. In April, at The Masters, he was the lone amateur to make the cut and was awarded the low amateur Silver Cup while representing burnt orange on his chest. He also led the field with a total of two eagles on the week. At the Big 12 Championship, Ghim tied with three others to claim an individual share of the conference title. Last week at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, he finished atop the individual leaderboard (-17) helping the Longhorns advance to yet another NCAA Championship. On Monday night, he was awarded the Ben Hogan Award. Ghim will also compete in his second major of the year at the 2018 U.S. Open from Shinnecock Hills (Tuckahoe, New York) next month.

Ghim is currently the No. 1 player in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, and is listed in the top eight in three other major golf ranking systems.

Texas’ men’s golf team tees off around 1:37 p.m. CT at the NCAA Championship tomorrow in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more coverage, follow along with Texas Men’s Golf on Twitter (@TexasMGolf).

Source: Burnt Orange Nation

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Worthy hosts? Texas must play the NCAA’s waiting game after early exit from Big 12 tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — So, now what?

One day after top-seeded Texas’ 3-2 loss to eighth-seeded Kansas, the Longhorns once again couldn’t find enough offense against Oklahoma. The 3-1 loss Thursday morning eliminated Texas — the conference’s regular season champion — from the Big 12 baseball tournament, the earliest tournament exit for a No. 1 seed since TCU went 0-2 in 2015.

The Longhorns (37-20) now must wait until Sunday evening to find out if they’ll host one of the 16 regionals of the NCAA tournament that begins June 1.

Texas coach David Pierce said five to seven teams from the Big 12 are worthy of an NCAA tournament invitation, whose field will be announced Monday. He projected that two Big 12 teams should host a regional. And at least two of his players say the Longhorns, who are ranked 12th in this week’s D1Baseball poll, are one of those sure-fire hosts.

“I think our résumé is definitely strong enough,” pitcher Josh Sawyer said. “Winning the Big 12, which is one of the best conferences out there. I think our résumé and how we’ve played over the past 35 games has done enough for us to get a hosting positioning.”

Senior Jake McKenzie was blunt in his assessment: “I think we should host a regional.”

Texas infielder Kody Clemens is out at second with the tag by Oklahoma infielder Kyle Mendenhall as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) in the Big 12 Baseball Championship at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)

After never leading Wednesday against the Jayhawks, Texas found itself in a 2-0 hole against the Sooners after OU’s Blake Brewster led off the third inning with a home run. Both teams scored in the fifth inning but Texas was unable to close the two-run gap at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Texas left runners in scoring position in four of the first five innings; in the fifth, the Longhorns loaded the bases with no outs but managed only one run thanks to a double play and a strikeout. The Sooners (35-22), using five pitchers, held Texas to six hits but the OU bullpen, which worked five innings, allowed only one — David Hamilton’s bunt single in the first at-bat following starter Nathan Wiles’ exit.

A relief pitcher, Levi Prater, was credited with the win; he got the Sooners out of that bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Cade Cavalli gave Oklahoma two hitless innings of relief after starting the game at first base. Left-hander Braidyn Fink was used for only one out in the eighth, but it was a strikeout of Big 12 player of the year Kody Clemens.

“I think we faced a few good pitchers, that’s pretty obvious,” said McKenzie, whose team averaged 6.2 runs per game in Big 12 play during the regular season and won two of three games in Norman in mid-April. “Everybody’s throwing their best guys, especially Oklahoma. They don’t even know if they’re in a regional; they are going to throw everything they’ve got at us.”

Texas starter Nolan Kingham took the loss after surrendering eight hits and a walk. All three of those runs were earned, although one was a hard-luck score — a bobbled grounder by Hamilton kept UT from getting OU leadoff hitter Cade Harris on a double play, and Harris later scored on Kyler Murray’s RBI single.

Pierce was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing a walk call that loaded the bases. He did not attend the post-game press conference but said through a team spokesperson that, “Our umpires work very hard and I was just fighting for our team.”

Around the bases: Outfielder Duke Ellis drew a walk and was hit by a pitch, but his 16-game hitting streak ended. … Murray, an outfielder who could be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback this fall, left the game after suffering an undisclosed injury on a first-inning steal. OU coach Skip Johnson said Murray was day-to-day. … After pitching one inning on Wednesday, Andy McGuire started in right field and scored UT’s only run. … Three Texas relievers — Chase Shugart, Sawyer and Parker Joe Robinson — allowed one hit and four walks over 3 2/3 innings.

Source: HookemPlus.com

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Men’s Basketball’s Kerwin Roach II to return for senior season

Kerwin Roach Jr.

Guard led the team in steals and ranked second in assists and third in scoring and minutes in the 2017-18 season.

Source: Daily Texas Online

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Texas coach Shaka Smart hires former Iowa State assistant Neill Berry

After serving under Steve Prohm at Iowa State for the past two seasons, Neill Berry is joining Shaka Smart’s staff

After spending much of the past six weeks in search of an assistant coach to replace Mike Morrell, who departed for the head coaching job UNC Asheville on April 11, Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns have officially hired former Iowa State assistant Neill Berry, the school announced on Thursday.

“I’m extremely excited about Neill joining our staff. It’s been about six weeks since Mike got the job at UNC Asheville. I wanted to make sure I did my homework and considered a variety of candidates,” Smart said in a statement. “I did a ton of research on many different guys, trying to figure out who would be the best fit for our program. I kept coming back to the feeling that Neill is the best fit for our staff and our team, and he is a guy who can come in here and hit the ground running in all facets of the job.”

“The fact that Neill has experience at this level and in this league is a real positive,” Smart added. “He’s recruited quite a few guys who have turned out to be much better players than the so-called experts thought they would be. Developing young men is clearly a strength of Neill’s, which is a top priority in our program as well.”

Berry spent the previous two seasons serving as an assistant coach on Steve Prohm’s staff at Iowa State. He was with the Cyclones program for three years, with the first being as a special assistant to the head coach.

The 36-year-old Berry comes equipped with 13 years of Division I experience in various capacities. Much of that experience came as an assistant to current Texas assistant coach Darrin Horn. Berry was one of Horn’s interns at Western Kentucky from 2005-07, and was promoted to assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. He then followed Horn to South Carolina, where he was hired as the director of player development for the 2008-09 season, and ultimately, a full-time assistant coach between 2009-12.

Berry also brings competency as a recruiter. While at Iowa State, he was in charge of recruiting the state of Minnesota, and served as the lead recruiter for Lindell Wigginton, a former Oak Hill Academy teammate of Matt Coleman who averaged 16.7 points per game as a freshman last season.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Smart’s staff at Texas,” Berry said. “I have always had tremendous respect for Coach Smart from afar, and I am excited about the opportunity to learn from him and help out in any way possible moving forward. I have loved my time working for Coach Prohm at Iowa State and have learned so much from him, both on and off the floor. He has been an unbelievable mentor in my life. It was going to take a special opportunity to leave Iowa State, and I believe Texas is this opportunity. It is an amazing university in a great location with tremendous tradition and support. My family and I are very excited to get to Austin.”

Source: Burnt Orange Nation

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Neill Berry named Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

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Berry has 13 years of experience at the Division I level, including nine seasons as an assistant coach, during previous stops at Iowa State, High Point, South Carolina and Western Kentucky.

Source: Texas Sports

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On Second Thought Ep 99: Author Armen Keteyian on Tiger Woods best seller

In Episode 99 of the On Second Thought podcast, acclaimed author/TV correspondent Armen Keteyian calls in to give some insight on his revealing book on Tiger Woods, co-authored with Jeff Benedict. Keteyian talks about the genesis of the project and gives us a peek behind the curtain at one of the most complicated athletes in sports history.

Source: HookemPlus.com

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The Final Pitch: Oklahoma 3, Texas 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Thursday, a loss to rival Oklahoma sent Texas back to Austin after a short stay at the Big 12’s tournament. The defeat came one day after the Big 12’s regular season champions were upset by Kansas in their opener at the double-elimination competition.

Oklahoma leadoff hitter Cade Harris scored in the first inning, and Blake Brewster later doubled the Sooners’ lead with a third-inning homer. The teams then exchanged runs in the fifth frame at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

UT was held scoreless over the game’s first four innings despite getting runners in scoring position in three of those sessions. In the fifth inning, Texas loaded the bases with no outs but only scored once. Longhorns were also stranded on base in the seventh and eighth innings.

Oklahoma (35-22) advances to face either Baylor or Kansas on Friday.

Off for the next few days, Texas (37-20) must wait to learn its fate for the NCAA tournament. The NCAA will announce if UT gets to host a regional on Sunday evening. The selection show for the entire tournament is scheduled for Monday.

Source: HookemPlus.com

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No. 12 Texas baseball eliminated from Big 12 tournament after falling to OU 3-1

The Longhorns are out after only two games in Oklahoma City.

No. 12 Texas Longhorns baseball (37-20, 17-7 Big 12) has been eliminated from the Big 12 tournament after only two games.

After falling to No. 8 seed Kansas on Wednesday, the No. 1 seeded ‘Horns lost again on Thursday to the No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners (35-22, 14-10) 3-1 in Oklahoma City.

The elimination game saw the ‘Horns yet again fail to create the offense that propelled the team through the regular season.

Texas notched only six hits and stranded seven runners. The only time Texas scored was when Duke Ellis hit into a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth to get a run on the board.

Starter Nolan Kingham threw an average game, posting eight hits, three runs, one walk, and a strikeout across 5.1 innings. Chase Shugart came on in relief and looked a bit sloppy, walking four in his 2.1 inning. Shugart, however, ultimately did not surrender a run and earned a huge strikeout on a full count with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth.

Josh Sawyer got the only batter he faced out and Parker Jo Robinson turned in a nice inning of work in which he struck out two.

The relief pitching has been one of the few positive takeaways from the tournament, as guys like Robinson, Matt Whelan, and Andy McGuire have all looked like reliable arms out of the bullpen who Texas can count on in the NCAA tournament.

The Big 12 tournament wasn’t extremely meaningful for the ‘Horns, as Texas has likely secured an NCAA regional host spot. The losses, however, dissolved some of the momentum that the ‘Horns had and shined a light on the fact that Texas still has many flaws. Texas’ struggles at this plate this week, for example, were a bit concerning considering how good the ‘Horns’ offense has been as of late.

The NCAA tournament field will be announced on Monday and the NCAA Regionals begin on June 1.

Source: Burnt Orange Nation

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Clark steps down as Softball coach

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The Longhorns’ head coach for the past 23 seasons, Connie Clark helped launch UT Softball in 1996.

Source: Daily Texas Online

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Big 12 Tournament Day 2 – Texas vs. Oklahoma open thread

Masen HibbelerThe Longhorns find themselves in the losers bracket as they are set to battle the rival Sooners in a win or go home early morning match up.

Good Morning ‘Horns fans!

How about a side of Texas baseball to go along with your coffee this morning?

Unfortunately the Longhorns couldn’t take care of business yesterday and now find themselves on the brink of elimination against that one school from the wrong side of the Red River. First pitch is slated for 9 A.M. CT.

The Longhorns should still be in a position for a hosting bid but will not do themselves any favors with a loss today. Not a great look for a the top seed in the conference tournament to find itself packing up and hitting the road on day two.

With that being said, I expect Texas to come out firing this morning. Even with the early start time, I believe the ‘Horns will be ready to make a statement and eliminate their longtime rivals.

Starting Pitchers:

Texas: RHP Nolan Kingham (7-2, 4.21 ERA)

Oklahoma: RHP Nathan Wiles (4-3, 4.04 ERA)

The game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest or you can also stream via Fox Sports Go, or you can hear the game on 104.9 The Horn FM.

With first pitch just under an hour away, this is your game thread! Fire away and Hook ‘Em.

Source: Burnt Orange Nation

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