Red Raiders Drop Four Spots on the Final Day|
Feb. 6, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 16 Texas Tech added three strokes in the final round to its second-round total, resulting in a four-place drop at the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate on Friday. The Red Raiders entered the final round tied with No. 5 Stanford, which finished only four strokes ahead of Tech in fourth place.
The Red Raiders turned in rounds of 291-294-291 during the three-day event and were tied in fourth place each of the first two rounds. No. 2 Southern California (851) finished at 13-under to claim the team title, while second-round leader No. 11 Washington (862) was 11 strokes back in second place. No. 20 TCU (870), Stanford and Oregon (873) wrapped up the top five. No. 48 Colorado, No. 8 Arizona State, Tech and No. 10 Georgia Tech were sixth through ninth, while No. 31 Florida State (890) and No. 93 Oklahoma (890) tied in 10th.
No. 32 UC Davis (892), UH-Hilo (910), No. 88 Fresno State (923), Kansas (924), No. 99 San Francisco (928) and Hawaii (947) rounded out the 17-team field.
Texas Tech's Garrett Merrell, the nation's 19th-ranked golfer, who was in a second-place tie after two rounds, struggled with a 76 to finish the event even and tied in 12th place. Nils Floren, playing as an individual for the Red Raiders, finished in a 24th-place tie with a 5-over 221. Chris Ward fired the second-lowest round of the day with a 68 and climbed into a 30th-place tie with a 6-over 222. Will Griffin carded a 73 Friday and finished tied in 30th place. Santiago Rivas and Tyler Weworski finished tied in 46th and 65th places, respectively.
The Red Raiders return to the course at the UTSA Invitational in San Antonio on February 16-17.