Season Comes To An End In Greensboro For Men's Golf
May 19, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Texas Tech's final round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional was a struggle from the start and its hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships came to an end as the Red Raiders finished 10th overall after shooting 18-over par here at the Grandover Resort.
"We're all disappointed but we certainly are trying to find ways to take some positives from this," said Texas Tech Head Coach Greg Sands. "No excuses, but we just didn't play good today. We didn't hole the putts we needed to and we certainly know where we need to get better - the short game. We're going to be a tough team next year but it's hard to think about right now because we thought we had a good shot to move on."
The Red Raiders came into today's round in sixth place overall and just one struck back of fifth place. That would be as close they would get as Tech quickly fell out of contention on the front nine.
After three holes, Tech seemed to be in good position especially with freshman Henry Todd collecting birdies on holes No. 2 and 3. However, things started falling apart for Tech soon after as three players bogeyed No. 5 and that helped accumulate 14 bogeys for the Red Raiders on the first nine holes.
From that point forward, things rolled out of control for Tech as the team collected 16 bogeys on the final nine holes and ended the day 18-over. The 18-over round was higher than Tech's first two rounds (6-over in round one and 7-over in round two) of this tournament combined and pushed the Red Raiders into 10th place.
The Liberty Flames captured the regional championship at 4-over while the Florida Gators finished second at 7-over. Auburn, Lamar and Tulsa rounded out the top five and will join Liberty and Florida as the NCAA Championship qualifiers from the Greensboro Regional.
Freshman Esteban Restrepo was the lone bright spot for Texas Tech most of the day and found himself 1-under through 13 holes. Restrepo, however, struggled down the stretch by bogeying three of the last five holes to finish 2-over for the round but ended up leading the team overall with a tie for 28th (8-over, 224).
Texas Tech ends the 2012 season with 10 Top 10 finishes, including third place at the Big 12 Conference Championships. The NCAA Regional appearance here in Greensboro was the 11th consecutive for the program, which is the longest active streak on the Texas Tech campus.
The Red Raiders return all five players next season, including four freshmen that will be sophomores in 2012-2013. Texas Tech will open its 2012-13 season on Labor Day weekend in California with a match against Vanderbilt at Pebble Beach.