HUMBLE, Texas ?-Texas posted a five-over-par 293 to grab a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Hall of Fame Invitational. Oklahoma State shot 294 to sit in second while East Tennessee State is two shots back of the Longhorns at seven over. Anthony Kim of Oklahoma is the individual leader by four strokes with a first-round 67.
Texas is led by Jhonatton Vegas, who is in second place. Two other Longhorns - Jeff Bell (T7th - 73) and Matthew Mills (T13th - 74) - placed in the top 20. Oklahoma State has three players in the top 20 with Pablo Martin posting an even par 72 to tie for third, Trent Leon tied for seventh with 73 and Jonathan Moore tied for 13th at two-over. Three East Tennessee State players are in the top 10 - Rhys Davies and Gareth Shaw tied for third and Cian McNamara tied for seventh.
"I thought our guys did a great job and played a great round of golf," said Texas Head Coach John Fields. "I think that everyone in the field came away impressed with the course. The set-up was difficult - fair, but difficult - and posed a great challenge, especially with a little wind."
Oklahoma comes in at fourth and is followed by Purdue and South Carolina-Aiken - who are tied for fifth. Clemson is in seventh. Arizona, Georgia, Texas A&M and TCU are in a four-way tie for eighth. Arkansas and New Mexico are tied for 12th. Vanderbilt is 14th and followed by tie for 15th between Duke and Wake Forest and 17th-place Guilford.
Kim’s 67 leads the field individually by four strokes over Vegas, who at 71 is the only other player under par. Davies, Martin, Shaw and Arkansas’ Eric Shriver are tied for third. The top 10 is completed with a seventh-place tie between Bell, Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M, Leon, McNamara, Clemson’s Stephen Poole and Clint Smith of South Carolina-Aiken.
"The good thing is that I didn’t have any bogeys, which is something I tried to stay away from," said Kim. "I tried to get it on the green. Then if I miss the putt, I can still at least get par. One thing I’ve learned this year is to play smart and try not to make a big mistake and hope my putts drop."
Second round action tees off with a shotgun start Saturday at 7:30 a.m.