Dominguez Fires 1-Under Par to Lead Tech in Ohio|
May 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Texas Tech sophomore Matias Dominguez birdied four holes en route to a 1-under par 70 on Thursday to open the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional Championship on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club.
Dominguez tied his season low and is tied for fourth individually in Columbus. He is only three shots back of leader Raoul Menard of Charlotte (4-under 67).
Tech finished the first day in 10th place with a 15-over par 299 and is just 10 strokes off the lead and six back of the five-team cut. Charlotte leads all teams at 3-over par (287), followed by South Carolina (288), Stanford (291), UNLV (292), Auburn (293) Missouri (294), New Mexico (294), San Francisco (297), Georgia Southern (298), Texas Tech (299), Virginia (303), Chattanooga (304) and Valparaiso (309).
Senior Finley Ewing IV finished with a 4-over 75 and is currently in a tie for 32nd place. Sophomores Clement Sordet and Esteban Restrepo each fired 6-over 77s while sophomore Henry Todd finished his first round with an 8-over 79.
The Red Raiders found themselves in second place at even par as the team made the turn, led by Dominguez who birdied No. 11 to get to as low as 4-under before a tough stretch of holes on the back nine pushed the squad back the rest of the day.
"We got off to a really good start which is important as far as the first nine holes go," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. Unfortunately we had a tough stretch on the back side. But this course is going to throw some punches and we've got to be ready to fight back a little bit."
Dominguez appeared to fight back consistently no matter what the situation was. He nearly birdied his first four holes and did not miss a green on the front side until the ninth hole. All he did to make up for it was nearly chip in for birdie on his way to a 3-under 33 through nine.
He made a 35-foot putt on No. 11 to go to 4-under then just missed a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 12. He managed to get up and down two more times before the bogeys on 14, 16 and 17. He made his final up and down from a tough lie on No. 18 to finish off his round.
"I started playing really good," Dominguez said. "I was really comfortable with my irons. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and was rolling my putter really good. ... We're all really confident about the next round."
Tech will tee off on No. 10 at 8:50 a.m. EST beginning with Todd followed by Restrepo, Sordet, Ewing and Dominguez in 10-minute increments.