Men's Golf Claims Fourth Consecutive UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational|
Sordet tied for first place at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational.
Feb. 14, 2012
Texas Tech climbed three spots after firing a 2-under, 282 in Tuesday's final round of the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational to claim the championship trophy for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time since 2001.
"I couldn't be more proud of the way the guys fought today," said head men's golf coach Greg Sands. "It was a lot of fun to watch. Things went back and forth on the back nine and ultimately it took contributions from every single guy for us to win. It was really good to see them compete and we are just thrilled to win this tournament for the fourth consecutive year."
Texas Tech's surge in the final round was led by freshman Clement Sordet who rallied from a tie for 13th after two rounds to a tie for first with Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen. Sordet turned in a final round score of 66, which tied for the lowest round of the two-day tournament with Iowa State's Scott Fernandez who turned in a 66 in the second round.
Sordet and Mikkelsen battled in a three-hole sudden death playoff (all played on the 18th hole) with Mikkelsen coming out on top and claiming the individual championship. Sordet ended the tournament with a 3-under, 210 after posting rounds of 73, 71 and 66.
Junior Fin Ewing was equally impressive in Texas Tech's come-from-behind win as he continued his strong play with a strong final round. Ewing chipped in a final round score of 70 to finish the tournament in fourth place at even par, 213. Ewing climbed all the way from 26th after the first round into a tie for ninth placed heading into today's final round. His fourth place finish is the highest of his career, surpassing a fifth place standing at the 2010 NCAA South Central Regional in College Station.
Sophomore Logan McCracken was the third Red Raider to earn a top 10 finish as he ended tournament in ninth place at 2-over, 215. McCracken now has two top 10 finishes on the season.
Texas Tech returns to the links on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Desert Invitational in Palm Springs, Calif.
TEXAS TECH'S UTSA/OAK HILLS INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS