When the dust settled in Kerrville after the two-day, 36-hole Schreiner Invitational golf tournament, three of the top seven finishers were wearing UTD green and orange.
The Comets – led by junior Peyton Cook who finished third individually – finished in second place, 10 strokes behind LeTourneau.
Cook’s 152 was just six strokes off Schreiner’s Zach Epps’ tournament-low score. Freshman Matt Filbert entered the clubhouse in fourth, and senior Scott Maurer placed seventh, shooting a 156.
“[Peyton Cook] has been solid for us this year,” head coach Chet Cook said.
Cook said Peyton Cook and Maurer have flip-flopped in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the team.
“This is going to be Scott’s last year, and he’s really taken on the responsibility of leadership,” Cook said.
“If we can get some of the other guys to play up to the level of Peyton and Scott, we’ll be in good shape,” he said.
In their first tournament of the year, the men struggled, finishing 60 shots off the pace set by host Mary-Hardin Baylor.
Cook shot an opening-round 76, followed the next day by a 79 to finish tied for 17th. Maurer finished one shot behind his teammate, tied for 19th place.
“I think the jury’s still out on us, but we’re moving in the right direction,” Cook said. “As the spring goes on, the competition seems to get tougher.”