Kirk Bohls

Sports columnist

Kirk Bohls was born at the Austin American-Statesman. He worked there part-time briefly before he graduated from the University of Texas, then took a full-time job at the Statesman in 1973 and loved it so much that he never left. Before he became lead sports columnist in 1994, he covered the gamut from high school sports to Longhorn football and baseball to the Southwest Conference and Texas A&M football to the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He's a Central Texas native from nearby Taylor -- the home of Louie Mueller's barbeque -- loves all things ducks as a former Taylor Duck, works with the homeless and other charities and is the scourge of fantasy football and baseball leagues for decades.

Latest from Kirk Bohls

Bohls: Malik Jefferson a third-round pick at the earliest per one NFL draft analyst
 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: On when former Texas players Connor Williams and Malik Jefferson will be selected in the NFL draft: With the NFL draft coming next week, analyst Lance Zierlein...

Posted: a day ago

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: On when former Texas players Connor Williams and Malik Jefferson will be selected in the NFL draft: With the NFL draft coming next week, analyst Lance Zierlein...
Bohls: A week from the NFL draft, are Longhorns prospects sliding?
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. With the NFL draft coming next week, analyst Lance Zierlein tells me: “I think Connor Williams slides into the back half of the first round as either a tackle or a guard. If not, he’ll go early in the second. (Linebacker) Malik Jefferson tested great, which everyone...

Posted: 2 days ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. With the NFL draft coming next week, analyst Lance Zierlein tells me: “I think Connor Williams slides into the back half of the first round as either a tackle or a guard. If not, he’ll go early in the second. (Linebacker) Malik Jefferson tested great, which everyone...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2018 NBA playoffs
 The NBA playoffs tip off Saturday. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address key questions for the postseason: 1. Who’ll win it all? Bohls: Please stop shoveling dirt on Golden State. Yes, we all have Warriors fatigue and wonder why Kevin Durant isn’t an alpha dog. But the Warriors remain the most complete...

Posted: 7 days ago

The NBA playoffs tip off Saturday. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address key questions for the postseason: 1. Who’ll win it all? Bohls: Please stop shoveling dirt on Golden State. Yes, we all have Warriors fatigue and wonder why Kevin Durant isn’t an alpha dog. But the Warriors remain the most complete...
Bohls: Texas baseball’s sitting pretty, but decisive road trips await
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas baseball is in a good place. In third place in the Big 12 with a 9-3 league record, the Longhorns now enter the meat of their conference schedule, starting with a series at conference-leading Oklahoma this week. Texas took care of business with four series wins, but three...

Posted: 9 days ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas baseball is in a good place. In third place in the Big 12 with a 9-3 league record, the Longhorns now enter the meat of their conference schedule, starting with a series at conference-leading Oklahoma this week. Texas took care of business with four series wins, but three...
Bohls: ‘The torch has been passed’ to this new generation of golfers
 OK, Rickie Fowler, you’ve got next. Jon Rahm, you’re way ahead of schedule, but no one can see your ceiling. Doug Ghim, anyone? Beau Hossler? They’re all lining up and no one had better get in their way. They found that out the hard way when hard-charging, hard-to-like Patrick Reed bolted to his first major golf championship...

Posted: 10 days ago

OK, Rickie Fowler, you’ve got next. Jon Rahm, you’re way ahead of schedule, but no one can see your ceiling. Doug Ghim, anyone? Beau Hossler? They’re all lining up and no one had better get in their way. They found that out the hard way when hard-charging, hard-to-like Patrick Reed bolted to his first major golf championship...
Bohls: Jordan Spieth flirts with second green jacket and history
 History will have to wait. So will Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters champion flirted with the best round in tournament history and a second green jacket but didn’t win. But his day might well be remembered more than the one of the man who did. Playing dazzling golf until an errant drive clipped a branch of the towering pines on the final...

Posted: 11 days ago

History will have to wait. So will Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters champion flirted with the best round in tournament history and a second green jacket but didn’t win. But his day might well be remembered more than the one of the man who did. Playing dazzling golf until an errant drive clipped a branch of the towering pines on the final...
Ghim riding momentum into promising future

Posted: 11 days ago

Doug Ghim has unfinished business. Not just in the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA Championship, but here as well. The Texas Longhorns senior golfer won low amateur, scored a field-best three eagles in the first two rounds and on Sunday found magic on the 18th hole when he holed out from the bunker for...
Postcards from Augusta: Yes, sir, Verne’s still going strong
 The CBS party was a big hit Saturday night. For several reasons. First, they served fried green tomatoes, a real Southern delicacy. Then, strawberry shortcake parfaits. Finally, got to visit with my favorite guy, the legendary Verne Lundquist, whom I razzed for not wearing his Austin Maroons leather jacket. He said in his defense he plans...

Posted: 11 days ago

The CBS party was a big hit Saturday night. For several reasons. First, they served fried green tomatoes, a real Southern delicacy. Then, strawberry shortcake parfaits. Finally, got to visit with my favorite guy, the legendary Verne Lundquist, whom I razzed for not wearing his Austin Maroons leather jacket. He said in his defense he plans...
Bohls: Reed trying to run into Masters history
 Running is distinctly prohibited on this golf course, but apparently running away from the field is not. No one’s come close to slowing down the cocksure Patrick Reed, a 27-year-old Texan who is threatening to wreak havoc on this vaunted piece of property with what will probably be a historic Sunday, perhaps no matter who wins. How...

Posted: 12 days ago

Running is distinctly prohibited on this golf course, but apparently running away from the field is not. No one’s come close to slowing down the cocksure Patrick Reed, a 27-year-old Texan who is threatening to wreak havoc on this vaunted piece of property with what will probably be a historic Sunday, perhaps no matter who wins. How...
Postcard from Augusta: Ghim’s trophy case getting crowded
 Doug Ghim won’t win the Masters in his first appearance here, but he sure has made his mark. By the time he leaves the grounds at the Augusta National Golf Club, the Texas Longhorns senior will take with him parting gifts of the Silver Cup as the low amateur and the only one of the six amateurs to make the cut, at least six crystal...

Posted: 12 days ago

Doug Ghim won’t win the Masters in his first appearance here, but he sure has made his mark. By the time he leaves the grounds at the Augusta National Golf Club, the Texas Longhorns senior will take with him parting gifts of the Silver Cup as the low amateur and the only one of the six amateurs to make the cut, at least six crystal...