Texas Tech Moves Into Tie For Fifth at NCAA Regional
May 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Texas Tech came out firing on Friday and shot a round-best, 4-over 288 to move into a tie for fifth place at 19-over par in the NCAA Columbus Regional on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club.
The Red Raiders are just three shots back of UNLV and South Carolina who are tied for first at 16-over par, followed by Stanford and Auburn at 18-over.
Tech moved up six spots behind even par rounds by senior Finley Ewing IV and sophomore Matias Dominguez. Sophomores Esteban Restrepo and Clement Sordet shot 3-over (74) and 1-over (72), respectively as the Red Raiders shed 10 strokes off yesterday's first round. Sophomore Henry Todd rounded out the day with a 6-over par 77.
"This was moving day," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "If we were going to have a chance, we needed to put a good round up and we did it. So now we have a chance tomorrow and if we can play as well as we did today we can win this thing - and that's the neat thing. If we can get the guys focused in on winning then advancing takes care of itself."
Dominguez continued his steady play with 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys to move to a tie for second place individually at 1-under par for the tournament. He is just one stroke back of UNLV's Carl Johnson and tied with South Carolina's Will Starke.
Dominguez let his solid putting do the talking once again in the second round and got up and down seven times to save par.
Ewing equaled Dominguez with an even par 71 and got as low as 3-under par on the first nine holes. A bit of bad luck was the only thing to stop Ewing on his front side. The senior had an odd lie next to the No. 16 green (seventh hole of the day) and his wedge caught the ball twice on a chip shot on to the green, forcing him to take a one-stroke penalty.
"We got off to a great start, rode the momentum and played well the whole day," Ewing said. "Matias is carrying us right not and playing like we all knew he could play. We shot the day's low round and now we've got a chance to win this thing so we are all really excited about tomorrow."
Tech began the day on No. 10 and played the true back side at 2-under par after going 10-over par on it the first day. The Red Raiders got to 8-under par through seven holes but still managed to turn in the best team round even after fighting off tough holes the rest of the way.
"It's really important to start well, and we started fantastic," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "I'm just proud of not only the way we started but also how we fought back after we lost some shots."
Todd will tee off first for Tech in the final round on No. 1 beginning at 7:50 a.m. EST alongside Stanford and New Mexico. Restrepo, Sordet, Ewing and Dominguez will follow in 10-minute increments.
The top five teams and top two individuals on non-qualifying teams at the conclusion of Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA National Championship May 28-June 2 at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
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