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Men's Golf In Seventh Place After Day One In Las Vegas

Nils Floren
Nils Floren

March 11, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 14 Texas Tech men's golf team led the 2011 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters field through eight holes and ended the day in seventh place with a first round score of 11-over 299 at Southern Highlands Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Red Raiders find themselves 19 strokes behind tournament leader and 11th-ranked Texas A&M who turned in an eye-catching, first round score of 8-under 280. The Aggies hold a 12-stroke lead over second place and 29th-ranked Arizona State and a 14-stroke advantage over No. 7 Texas, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 20 California, who are in a four-way tie for third.

"We started well and hit a stretch of five or six holes where it seemed like everything went bad," said Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands. "There is still a lot of golf left and we are just seven strokes out of second place, so we just have to come out tomorrow and play with that same intensity that we did earlier today."

Senior Nils Floren, the 18th-ranked player in the nation according to this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, led the way for Texas Tech with a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 14th. Floren played par golf on the front nine but fell to 1-over 36 on the back nine for an 18-hole total of 73.

Fellow senior Matt Smith is right on the heels of Floren as he stands in a tie for 17th after shooting 2-over 73. Tyler Weworksi and Chandler Rusk are tied for 36th after ending the day 4-over 73.

Texas Tech returns to the course tomorrow for a 10 a.m. (CT) tee time. Live stats will be available on



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