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Men's Golf Upsets Georgia 3-2 In Callaway Match Play Championships

Matt Smith gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 win over Georgia by sinking a par on No. 18.

Matt Smith gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 win over Georgia by sinking a par on No. 18.
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March 20, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - The 18th-ranked and ninth-seeded Texas Tech men's golf team posted a 3-2 upset over 13th ranked and eighth-seeded Georgia in the first round of the 2011 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships on Sunday at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.

With the victory, Texas Tech will move on in the championship bracket where the Red Raiders will challenge top-seeded UCLA.

"This was a great team win for us and I am really proud of the way we competed," said Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands. "Georgia has a great program. We were around them last year at the NCAA Championships, so we knew that we were going to have our hands full today. UCLA is the No. 2 team in the nation and we will have to play well."

The match between the Red Raiders and the Bulldogs came down to the wire before Tech was able to pull away with the 3-2 victory. Both sides picked up big wins early with Harris English and Hudson Swafford both claiming 4 and 3 victories for Georgia and Chandler Rusk (5 and 4) and Will Griffin (4 and 3) with wins for Texas Tech. Senior Matt Smith claimed the deciding match for the Red Raiders, 1-up, with a par on No. 18. Smith dropped a crucial putt to give him a par on the final hole while Georgia's Russell Henley bogeyed to seal the match win for the Red Raiders.

FINAL RESULTS
(9) Texas Tech def. (8) Georgia, 3-2
Matt Smith, Texas Tech def. Russell Henley, Georgia, 1-up
Harris English, Georgia def. Nils Floren, Texas Tech, 4 and 3
Hudson Swafford, Georgia def. Tyler Weworski, Texas Tech, 4 and 3
Chandler Rusk, Texas Tech def. T.J. Mitchell, Georgia, 5 and 4
Will Griffin, Texas Tech def. Michael Cromie, Georgia, 4 and 3

 

 

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