Texas got its revenge back from the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship against the SEC opponent, Alabama.
“I heard from Mack Brown last night,” said Texas golf coach John Fields in a release. “He didn’t win his last one against Alabama so he told us to go win today.”
It marks the first time the Longhorns have won a golf title since the Â back-to-back titles in ’71 and ’72, during the Crenshaw glory days. Â Dylan Frittelli’s 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th to clinch a 3-2 victory over the Crimson Tide at theÂ 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California, on Sunday.
This marks the 50th National title for the University of Texas, 46th team title. For those of you who wondered, since the Vince Young championship, the Aggies has won more titles than good ‘ole 40-acres. (8-6)
In this matchup, the Tide came in as the one seed, while the Longhorns were the second seed. Under the new match play format, this marks the first time that the one and two seeds played against each other. Texas during the week beat Oregon and Washington in order to get to this title.
The only real runaway for Alabama was the strong play of senior Hunter Hamrick’s six-hole lead through nine on junior Julio Vegas, but the rest of the matchups were not like this one.
Down 0-2, the Longhorns won the next three matchups, but the last one? The one betweenÂ Alabama sophomore Cory Whitsett and Texas’ Frittelli was one that came down to the wire, well, the 18th hole.
“These guys had a lot of pressure and handled it well,” Fields said.
After Whitsett birdied on a par-5 17th, it tied both of them for the 18th. Frittelli knew he was going to win it, when Whitsett whiffed on a chip that made Frittelli only needing a two-put for a victory.
Intead of two-putting it, he sank it from the edge of the green.
Â “I was sure he was going to make the chip. To get my mind right I had to pretend it was going in. I wanted to make the putt no matter what. When I saw him miss, it made it a little easier on me, but I still wanted to put it in,” Frittelli said.
If this victory over the Tide did not try and ease the pain of the Rose Bowl, well, let it. The SEC was derailed of another National Title in a collegiate sport.