Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

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Ghim continues to amaze with third eagle, Silver Cup as low amateur

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Doug Ghim’s  dream weekend continues. Sure, he didn’t score as well as he’d like, but he posted yet another eagle — his third of the Masters — and continues to pile up the trophies in his first Masters appearance. “I’m glad to bring some hardware home,” Ghim, … Read More

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Horns at the Masters: Final closing hole keeps Texas’ Ghim, Vegas open for weekend

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The closing hole has been Longhorn-friendly this week at Augusta National. On the same hole that fellow Longhorn Doug Ghim eagled with his approach shot from 185 feet on Thursday, Jhonattan Vegas chipped in for a birdie on the 18th hole to finish with a 3-under 69 … Read More

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Horns at the Masters: Jordan Spieth wows, but a mixed bag for Longhorns in opening round

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Not the best of days for half of the Texas contingent at the Masters, but former champion Jordan Spieth and first-timer Doug Ghim certainly made their presence felt in the late afternoon. And there’s always tomorrow for Jhonattan Vegas and Masters rookie Dylan Frittelli. While Spieth, the 2015 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim nets eagles and prizes while impressing on first day of Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Doug Ghim was putting the finishing touches on his preparation when another somewhat better-known Texas Longhorn approached him on the putting green. Jordan Spieth, who knows a thing or two about success at Augusta National, gave Texas’ senior golfer a bit of a pep talk to ease … Read More

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Horns at the Masters: Their old coach likes his four Texas players’ first-round draws

AUGUSTA, Ga. — When I found John Fields near the first tee at Augusta National on Wednesday, I asked the Longhorns golf coach about the draws of his pupils in their opening rounds of Masters play. “I love ’em,” Fields said. Which one? “All of them,” the coach answered. Fields … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With Jordan Spieth’s touch, confidence restored, is this year’s slow start behind him?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth went to a place this week where very few professional athletes allow themselves to go, especially in a public setting, when the young superstar looked deep into his psyche and had a confession. He’d been in a panic. Really? The same guy who won the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim is a man with game and a Masters plan

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The room will be more than a little cramped, but he’s fine with it for one night. Somehow the good folks at Augusta National crammed five single beds into the very small upstairs room of the clubhouse known as the Crow’s Nest. He reserved a spot early enough … Read More

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Bohls: Could Mo Bamba be the next Bill Russell?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: Could Mo Bamba be the next Bill Russell? Mo Bamba has his sights set high. Rated one of the top five picks in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: High-energy Del Conte working to spark turnaround in Texas athletics

Chris Del Conte has barely wrinkled his bed sheets, no surprise given the little time he spends lying on them. He typically doesn’t settle into his bed at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center until midnight or 1 a.m., but he still beats the roosters up, rising at 5 in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas seniors McCarty, Atkins continue sweet journey

They didn’t want it to end, this sentimental journey of the last four years for the two, attached-at-the-hip, never-loose-with-the-lip Texas teammates. And so they didn’t let it. Texas senior guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins, driven by their final home games of their career in an emotion-tinged setting, turned in … Read More

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Bohls: Dylan Frittelli’s travels now bring him back to Austin for the Dell Match Play

Dylan Frittelli is going places. Of course, he’s already been a lot of places. India. Kenya. Austria. Turkey. To name just a few. Try 45 different countries in a two-year span. No, he’s not a fugitive from the law. He’s a 27-year-old professional golfer who has wandered to all corners … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rick Barnes’ overachieving Volunteers still streaking

DALLAS — Rick Barnes leaned back in the leather chair in a small office inside the American Airlines Center and pointed to his left knee that he had partially replaced just a month ago. The doctors didn’t take a knife to any muscle but corrected the painful bone-on-bone dilemma with a very … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Augie’s lifelong love affair with baseball warmed our hearts

DALLAS — As it turns out, there is crying in baseball. Augie Garrido has died. The eternal kid breathed his last in a California hospital Thursday morning, the victim of complications from a stroke. But if there ever is a celebration in the afterlife, there’s one heckuva party going on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Texas may or may not pass eyeball test after this black eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart was downright mystified by his team Thursday night. Join the crowd, Coach. You’ve got company. But of course, Texas has been a mystery this entire uneven season. The third-year boss was dumbfounded by a curious Texas team that got off to its characteristic, woeful … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Foul-prone Matt Coleman rises to the Longhorns’ rescue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman accepted the pats on the back and the well wishes from giddy Longhorns fans who’d made the long trip. The freshman smiled broadly as a stranger congratulated him on his game-sealing jumper in the final 44 seconds, the last bucket of the game and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Shaka Smart’s Longhorns fighting to reach NCAAs

Texas proved it still has a little fight left in ‘em after all. And to make sure, the Longhorns head basketball coach on Friday night showed ‘em some clips of a real boxing match between Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti from a couple decades ago. Shaka Smart called the “Legendary … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Karen Aston’s streaking Longhorns in it for long haul

Sherri Coale was on her soapbox Tuesday night. With eyes flashing and curls flying, the bubbly Oklahoma women’s basketball coach made a passionate plea for her Sooners — her 16-13 Sooners — to be in the NCAA Tournament field. She wasn’t angry but very blunt and clearly biased that her … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Huston Street, 34, is as competitive as ever, but finds himself on retirement’s doorstep

He’s been playing baseball since he was 6 years old. It would have been 5, but those silly Western Hills Little League rules mandated kids had to be 6 by July 31 to qualify, and his birthday was Aug. 2. So Huston Street waited a whole year to play for … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Current scoreboard is Iceberg 1, College Basketball 0

The Division I college basketball program desperately needed the out-of-state recruit to fill a big gap on the roster, and the head coach dispatched his top assistant to scope out their chances. Sitting in his office soon after, the head coach received a call from the eager assistant on the … Read More