The university’s Tower will be lit entirely orange tonight to honor the Texas Men’s Golf team, which claimed its third straight Big 12 Championship title last week.
The championship victory makes the No. 2 Longhorns an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Regional Tournament, which takes place May 14-16. The team has now claimed 45 conference championships since 1927, and this year’s title is the sixth Big 12 title won by Texas Athletics teams during the 2014-15 season.
The team’s dominating performance not only claimed the Big 12 title after finishing 24 strokes ahead of the runner-up but also broke the Big 12 record for margin of victory at a championship. The previous record, set in 2008, was a 20 stroke lead to claim the title.
During the Big 12 Championship, freshman Scottie Scheffler became the fifth player in Texas Men’s Golf History to earn medalist honors.
“It feels great,” Scheffler said after the win. “I got off to a bad start, but was able to turn it around and start hitting some better shots. I’m really glad that the team was able to get it done after having a nice lead going into today. We have a lot of momentum going into the next tournament.”
Winning a Big 12 Athletics Championship in any sport comes with an entirely orange Tower lighting configuration. During the 2014-15 season, six teams – Men’s Golf, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, and Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field – have won Big 12 Championships and prompted Tower lightings.