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April 15, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - During the final round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, the Red Raiders finished with a 4-under par round of 284 to move up two positions and finish seventh. The effort comes after two Texas Tech individuals put together top-20 finishes, with senior Oscar Floren leading the way tying for ninth.

Floren, a 2006 PING All-American, finished his final regular-season tournament with a team-low third round of 67, 5-under-par. The ninth-place finish marks the 21st career-top-10 finish for the Sweden native. Floren carded rounds of 71-73-67--210 (-6).

Freshman Matt Smith, who carded a career-low round of 67 during Friday's action, completed the Thunderbird with additional career numbers. In his fourth event with Tech, Smith posted rounds of 67-72-73--211 to finish with a low-54 hole score. The spring newcomer tied for 11th, besting his previous top finish of 42nd from the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in March.

Red Raiders sophomore Garrett Merrell and freshman Will Griffin each fired even-par 72 during Sunday's final round to finish in a tie for 37th. Merrell turned in rounds of 69-77-72--218, while Griffin had scores of 74-72-72--218. Tech's fifth member, Santiago Rivas, finished with rounds of 72-75-75--222 to tie for 55th position.

Unranked Oregon maintained the lead throughout the 54-hole tournament and took the title with scores of 277-279-288--844 (-20). No. 18 Arizona State and No. 4 USC finished in second and third with 847 and 849, respectively. The Red Raiders finished with rounds of 279-292-284--855, three shots from the top five.

New Mexico's Charlie Beljan took the individual title with a 15-under 201, taking the lead from Oregon's Derek Sipe who finished with a 12-under 204.



The Red Raiders will next compete in the 2007 Big 12 Championship from Hutchinson, Kan., on April 23-24th. Texas Tech's official athletic site, www.texastech.com, will feature a complete tournament preview prior to play.

ASU Thunderbird Invitational:
Top Team Scores:
1. Oregon 277-279-288--844, 2. Arizona State 281-283-283--847, 3. Southern California 278-285-286--849, 4. Texas A&M 282-279-289--850, 5. Arizona 287-277-288--852.

Top Individuals: 1. Charlie Beljan, New Mexico 66-67-68--201, 2. Derek Sipe, Oregon 65-66-73--204, 3. Rory Hie, Southern California 67-69-69--205, 4. Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State 70-66-71--207, T5. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 72-67-69--208, T5. Jesse Schutte, Oklahoma 68-70-70--208.

Tech Individuals: T9. Oscar Floren 71-73-67--211, T11. Matt Smith 67-72-73--212, T37. Will Griffin 74-72-72--218, T37. Garrett Merrell 69-77-72--218, T55. Santiago Rivas 72-75-75--222.


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