Tech Finishes Tied for Fifth at The Prestige|
Esteban Restrepo ended the tournament at 1-under par after a final round 66.
Feb. 19, 2014
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Texas Tech junior Esteban Restrepo birdied seven times on his way to a 5-under 66 and Clement Sordet fired a final round 68 to help push the Red Raiders into a tie for fifth to end The Prestige at PGA West on Wednesday.
No. 42 Tech once again shaved strokes from its previous round to finish with an even par 852 (292-282-278). The Red Raiders tied No. 31 Arizona State and finished ahead of six other teams, including No. 45 Oregon and No. 22 USC.
The Red Raiders played holes 10-18 at 5-under par as a team on Wednesday, which was the first nine holes in the final round.
"We knew we had another strong field, much like last week in Hawaii," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "I was proud of the way the guys fought back. The golf course was playing great and we had great scoring conditions today. Really proud of the way the guys handled themselves and finished strong ahead of some good teams out there."
Restrepo, who finished in a tie for 16th, got off to a hot start with birdies on his first three holes (10, 11, 12) and added one more on No. 16 to go out with a 33. He then strung together three more birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 5. He bogeyed just twice and ended the day with only 25 putts (1.39 per hole).
"It was a good day," Restrepo said. "I got off to a hot start and putted awesome."
Sordet saved his best round of the week for the final day. Like Restrepo, he also strung together three consecutive birdies on holes 3, 4 and 5 after three birdies on the first nine holes Wednesday. His 3-under 68 was seven shots better than his 75 on Monday.
"He's been playing good in the qualifiers and played well heading into the break," Sands said. "I think maybe he just pressed a little bit these last two days. Today was different. Even though he started with a bogey on the first hole, he fought back and put a nice round together. He's by far one of the most talented players and I think today is the start of a new season for him."
Hannes Ronneblad, playing as an individual this week, also carded his best round of the week with a 1-under 70.
Tech will now head to the Wyoming Desert Invitational in Palm Desert, Calif., which begins Friday and will continue on through Sunday.
"We feel like if we can play like we did in the last two rounds we have a good chance to win," Sands said. "We just need stay mentally sharp on the course and take advantage of it."
Fans can keep up with the team each day with live scoring updates at www.golfstat.com.