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Tech Drops Match to Illinois at Callaway Match Play

Nils Floren
Nils Floren

March 21, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 18 Texas Tech men's golf team nearly pulled off its third-straight upset in the semifinals of the Callaway Match Play Championships at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground Ga., but fell to No. 4 seed Illinois, 3-2.

The match came down to Illinois' Mason Jacobs and Tech's Will Griffin. The two were all-square after 18 and it took 20 holes for Jacobs to clinch the match.

Nils Floren got the Red Raiders in the win column but was down two-strokes early in his match with Scott Langley. After seven holes, the two had played to all-square and over the next nine holes Floren went three up to take the match.

Teammate Chandler Rusk won the other match after trailing through six holes. Rusk took the match over the next five holes winning three of the five.

The Red Raiders will now face the No. 11 seed USC tomorrow in the third-place match starting tomorrow morning. Fans can follow live at

(4) Illinois def. (9) Texas Tech, 3-2
Luke Guthrie, Illinois def. Matt Smith, Texas Tech, 3 and 2
Nils Floren, Texas Tech def. Scott Langley, Illinois, 3 and 2
Chris DeForest, Illinois def. Tyler Weworski, Texas Tech, 5 and 4
Chandler Rusk, Texas Tech def. Thomas Pieters, Illinois, 3 and 2
Mason Jacobs, Illinois def. Will Griffin, Texas Tech, 20 holes



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