Texas captures Big 12 men’s golf title

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Texas captured its fourth team title at the Big 12 men’s golf championship on Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

The defending national champions held off a charge from Oklahoma State to win the title by four shots with a three-day total of 859.

Oklahoma placed third (869), followed by TCU (871). Kansas State rounded out the top five with a 54-hole team total of 891. Baylor (895), Texas Tech (897), Kansas (899) and Iowa State (904) completed the final team standings.

Texas freshman Brandon Stone claimed the individual crown, carding and even-par 210 through 54 holes.

Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch, who started the day just two shots behind Stone, took second with a three-round total of 213. Third place honors were shared by Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer and Texas’ Cody Gribble.

Stone becomes the first Longhorn to win the individual title since Matthew Rosenfield in 2006. With the win, the Pretoria, South Africa, native earns his third tournament victory of the 2012-13 season.

Texas never relinquished the lead in the final round. Oklahoma State closed the gap to three shots at one point in the afternoon but the Longhorns were too much, led by Stone and senior Cody Gribble, who posted a 5-over-par 215 to finish tied for third. Kramer Hickok was also strong for UT, finishing in a tie for 10th.

TCU, playing in its first Big 12 championship, had three players finish in the top 10, led by Daniel Jennevret, who finished tied for fifth. Sophomore Julien Brun finished tied for seventh and Pontus Gad tied for 10th place.

Oklahoma climbed the leaderboard with a strong round on Wednesday, carding a team total of 280 (even par). The Sooners started the day tied for fourth and 18 shots behind Texas. Abraham Ancer led the way for OU, finishing in a tie for third, including an even par 70 in the final round. The third-place finish is OU’s highest since winning the Championship in 2006.

Also making the All-Tournament team was Ian Davis (Oklahoma State), Scott Fernandez (Iowa State), Niclas Mansson (Baylor), Chris Gilbert (Kansas) and Curtis Yonke (Kansas State).

Hack job

The College Football Playoff’s online fan voting has been manipulated by a cyber-ballot stuffer.

BCS officials said the contractor that runs the logo contest informed them that an IP address in Austin cast 50,251 votes for one of the four logos.

Officials said the extra votes for logo No. 4 — a star, created by a compass with a football at its center — will be eliminated.

Briefly

• TCU rifle: Sarah Beard and Sarah Scherer were each awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, presented to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

• UTA/UNT softball: Nina Villanueva’s first-career home run propelled UT Arlington to a 2-1 victory over North Texas at Allan Saxe Field. Villanueva sent a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. Pitcher Teri Lyles (17-10) gave up three hits in four innings of relief for the win. UTA snapped a three-game losing streak.

• Penn State football: Backup quarterback Steven Bench plans to transfer, a move that at least temporarily lessens the field for the starting job this fall. Bench’s departure likely puts junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson atop the depth chart.

• USC basketball: Center Dewayne Dedmon said he’s leaving school to enter the NBA Draft. Dedmon played two seasons for the Trojans after arriving from the junior college ranks.

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