Red Raiders Wrap Up Round Two in Toledo
May 28, 2009
TOLEDO, Ohio - It was an early morning wake-up call, a few holes of golf and back to the hotel for the Red Raiders on Thursday morning as the team completed the second round of the NCAA Championships that was called due to darkness Wednesday. Texas Tech will tee off this afternoon in the third and final round of stroke play at approximately 3:30 ET.
Chris Ward, who finished the round with a 1-under 70, recorded par on his final two holes, while Santiago Rivas birdied the eighth and shot par on nine to finish at 1-over on the round. Garrett Merrell played three holes, shooting par on each and finished 4-over. Brian Scherer had the quickest morning, shooting par on the ninth hole to wrap up his round at 4-over, and Nils Floren also finished 4-over after carding bogeys on the two holes he played this morning.
"It (round) was solid. We made enough birdies, but had too many bogeys," Tech Head Coach Greg Sands said. "It was close to being a really good round, but we wasted some opportunities. We had enough birdies to get us a low score. Garrett hit it well; Nils the same thing. We hit the ball well enough to shoot under par; we just didn't putt well enough to shoot under par."
Overall, Texas Tech is in 19th place and trails the top eight positions by 14 strokes heading into this afternoon's final round. The team shot 8-over in the second, 11 shots better than the first round. The Red Raiders headed back to the hotel following the morning round.
"We have to stay positive and hope for a really good round (this afternoon)," Sands added. "We'll probably rest up the remainder of the morning. A few guys may want to work out to keep alive. A few may want to relax and rest. We'll grab some lunch and get ready to come back out this afternoon."
To advance to match play, the Red Raiders will most likely have to turn in an under-par round this afternoon, which Sands says is not impossible.
"I think the number is going to be 20 or 22 (over par); that's assuming good weather," Sands said. "So 3- or 4-under par can put us near or in the top eight, depending on what the other teams do. We are very capable of a round like that; we have the talent and the focus to do it. We just need to come out and have a solid afternoon."
On the year, the Red Raiders have carded seven rounds of par or better, including the first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional last week in Austin, where the team was 2-under in the opening round.
Several teams have recorded rounds below par during the tournament's first two rounds, including Texas A&M, who vaulted from 12th to third after shooting 8-under in the second round. Six teams have shot rounds under par through the first two rounds.
The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to match play and compete for the team national championship, beginning Friday. The individual champion will be crowned following the three rounds of stroke play that wraps up Thursday at a banquet that evening that will feature Jack Nicklaus as the guest speaker.
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TEAM STANDINGS (Top 8) 1. Oklahoma State 288-280--568 (E) 2. Georgia 288-285--573 (+5) 3. Texas A&M 298-276--574 (+6) 4. Arizona State 294-281--575 (+7) 5. Washington 293-286--579 (+11) 6. Arkansas 297-283--580 (+12) 7. Michigan 296-285--581 (+13) 8. Duke 297-285--582 (+14) 19. Texas Tech 303-292--595 (+27)
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