Red Raiders Nearly Complete Amazing Comeback
SPRING 2010: Became the first Tech player in school history to win the Big 12 individual title ... finished 9-under for the tournament ... was helped by a 7-under 65 second round which was lowest round for a Tech player this spring ... earned All-Big 12 honors ... was also named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month ... also honored following the win as the Golfweek.com Player of the Week ... among the top 30 participants in every tournament this spring ... previous best finish this spring was fourth place at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate ... tied for fifth at the NCAA South Central Regional with teammates Nils Floren and Finley Ewing IV ... recorded a 4-under 68 final round that helped Tech pass Texas A&M for the team lead ... finished with a 5-underhis 211 score ... card matched the 54-hole low for a Tech player at an NCAA Regional ... was Tech's lowest scorer at the NCAA Championships with a 3-under 213, which tied for 13th overall ... was 6-under over the final two rounds following a 3-over 75 first round ... fired a 5-under 67 final round which was the course record set by Tiger Woods entering the tournament ... joined teammate Matt Smith in tying the course record ... Oregon State's Diego Velasquez eventually broke the course record with a 6-under 66 final round ... fell to Brooks Koepka in the match play opener against Florida State ... second on the team with a 72.4 stroke average.
FALL 2009: Averaging 72.7 strokes per round ... has shot par or better in six of nine rounds this season ... struggled at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational ... opened with an 81 and followed with a 79, before rebounding with a 1-under 71 in the final round ... another top 20 finish at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate ... finished fifth with rounds of 69-67-72 ... was 8-under for the tournament to lead the Red Raiders ... opened the season with a tie in 11th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate ... carded a 76 in the opening round and followed with under-par rounds of 68 and 71.
SUMMER 2009: Advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.
SPRING 2009: Claimed his first medalist honor as a Red Raider at the UTSA Intercollegiate firing an 11-under 202to lead the Red Raiders to their first team victory of the semester ... led the Red Raiders to a sixth-place finish at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate where he finished in a tie for ninth after carding rounds of 70,75, and 77 ... helped the Red Raiders capture their second win of the spring with a 5-over 222 ... led the Raiders with a tie for 21st at the Aggie Invitational carding rounds of 73-75 for 4-over total of 148 ... competed in the Callaway Golf Match Play Invitational with a win in the match play event over Texas A&M ... tied for 17th at the Big 12 Championships following rounds of 73-73-74-77 ... finished third at the NCAA Southwest Regional and lead Tech with a three-round 215 (71-73-71) ... shot a 2-under 70 at the NCAA Championships in the second round and finished tied in 60th place.
FALL 2008: Rough start at the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a pair of 76s in the first two rounds ... carded an even-par 72 in the final round ... was 10-over for the tournament ... struggled early at the Shoal Creek Invitational with an opening round 80 followed by second and third rounds of 79-77 ... finished the event in a tie for 56th ... helped the Red Raiders to a fourth-place finish at the Iswleworth Collegiate Invitational with consistent rounds of 74-75-75 ... totaled a 224 good for a 23rd-place tie.
SPRING 2008: Finished fourth at the Big 12 Golf Championships with a 3- and 1-under and final round at 75 ... he tied for 13th place at the UH Hilo Hawaii Invitational, shooting a 66-70-70 with a 206 ... tied for 43rd place at the UTSA Intercollegiate, where he carded a 77-74-75-226 in the tournament ... led the Red Raiders at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate where he tied in 17th place with a 7-over 220 ... his even par 71 in the final round improved him from a 28th-place tie in the second round.
BEFORE TEXAS TECH: Was named a two-time honorable mention AJGA All-American ... was named to the all-area squad three times by the Dallas Morning News ... advanced to the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship after tying for second during local qualifying ... was a member of the West Team at the 2004 AJGA Canon Cup ... posted a 3-1-0 record in the event ... won the 2004 Junior Orange Bowl with rounds of 71, 70, 70 and 68 before winning in a sudden-death playoff ... claimed medalist honors at the AJGA Taylor-Adidas/Woodlands in 2004 before winning the 2004 Exxon-BFI Future Tour Championship ... won the McKinney City Championship in 2004 ... also won the Bart Granger Memorial Tournament with a 15-under total to set a new tournament and McKinney High School scoring records ... won the 2003 Exxon-BFI Future Champions event ... was a two-time district champion ... won the 2002 World Junior Cup Final Qualifier to earn a spot on the United States squad ... also won the Region II-5A Tournament in 2004 ... was a two-time runner-up at the Texas State High School Tournament ... finished fourth at the 2006 Texas Class 4A State Tournament ... transferred from Oklahoma State.
PERSONAL: Born June 30, 1987 ... son of Dwayne and Sharon Ward ... has one sister, Rachel, who played for Newman University ... also recruited by Texas, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Texas A&M, UNLV, Arizona State, New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Baylor ... and is majoring in business.
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