Strong Finish Places Tech In 5th After Day One In Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Back-to-back birdies on the 18th hole by junior Finley Ewing IV and freshman Clement Sordet helped push Texas Tech into fifth place (6-over) after the first round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional at Grandover Resort.
Texas Tech's strong finish down the stretch helped shave three crucial strokes off the team score and moved the Red Raiders up to fifth from a tie for eighth place. "We really struggled starting a little bit," said Texas Tech Head Coach Greg Sands. "It was nice to see the guys finish the last six or seven holes under par and move into 5th place. We really want to try and win this golf tournament and that is going to be our mindset, we want to be in contention."
The Red Raiders enter Friday's second round 11 strokes out of the lead but just six strokes back of second. No. 32 Liberty leads the field at 5-under while No. 41 SMU stands in second at even par. Tulsa and No. 9 UNLV are tied for third place at 5-over and just one stroke ahead of Texas Tech.
The birdie on No. 18 helped cap off a strong back nine from Ewing, Tech's lone upperclassmen. Ewing was 2-over par at the turn and then shaved four strokes off his game on the back nine. That strong finish helped move him to even par and he currently stands tied for 13th on the individual leaderboard.
"I think all five guys are playing well which is nice and to have all five guys in the game really helps you," noted Sands. "Finley has really worked on staying patient. Even if he starts bad he does a good job of staying patient, knowing that he is going to make some birdies."
Like Ewing, Sordet found himself 2-over at the turn and fired a 1-under on the back nine to finish the afternoon at 1-over. Sordet birdied three holes on the back nine including the 18th hole that helped push the Red Raiders into fifth place.
For the second tournament in a row, the Red Raiders got a strong performance from freshman Henry Todd. Todd finished the first round at 1-over and is tied with Sordet for 15th on the leaderboard.
Texas Tech will be paired with UNLV and Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round and will tee off beginning at 7:25 a.m. (CT) from the No. 10 tee box. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.