Texas Tech Tied for 23rd After Second Round|
May 29, 2013
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Sophomore Henry Todd led Texas Tech in the second round with a 2-under 68 but the Red Raiders could not gain enough strokes back on the second day of play at the 2013 NCAA Championship and are in a tie for 23rd after a 3-over par 283 on Wednesday at Capital City Club Crabapple.
Tech is 11 strokes behind Texas A&M who is in eighth place after two rounds with an even par 560. Georgia Tech leads all teams at 12-under, followed by California (-11), Texas (-10), Alabama (-9), Arkansas (-3), Illinois (-3), Arizona State (-2) and A&M (E).
The top eight teams at the conclusion of Thursday's third round will move on to match play competition beginning Friday.
"We played the back side well today, and that's the harder side," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "We didn't quite play the front like we needed to. Really, if we make a few more putts we're right where we need to be."
Sophomore Esteban Restrepo stayed steady with an even par 70, while senior Finley Ewing IV shed two strokes after the first day for a 1-over 71. Sophomore Matias Dominguez shot a 4-over 74 while sophomore Clement Sordet rounded out the team with a 5-over 75.
Todd and Restrepo are tied for 42nd individually at 1-over 141 total for the two days.
Todd started off hot on No. 10 immediately with a close approach and birdie then sunk a 20-foot birdie on the par-5, 12th to move to 1-under par. He would suffer a bogey on 15 and double bogey on 17 but went 3-under from there on with consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-6.
"I got off to a rough start with two birdies pretty early and then went through a rough patch," Todd said. "I just stayed patient and was able to make quite few birdies coming in."
Restrepo continued to strike the ball well from tee to green, knocking down birdies on 15, 16 and 1 before suffering two bogeys on his final two holes to finish even par.
The eighth and ninth holes - Tech's final two holes after starting on No. 10 - proved to be the most difficult for a lot of teams Wednesday. The Red Raiders finished the final two holes at 4-over par after playing the rest of the course at 1-under to that point.
"We struck it really well but there were some hard holes coming in," Sands said. "We needed a little bit better round to be where we wanted to be but now we've got to play great. We've done it before and hopefully we can do it again."
Tech will tee off on No. 10 in the morning wave with UNLV and Auburn beginning at 8:40 a.m. EST. Dominguez will lead things off followed in 10-minute intervals by Sordet, Ewing, Todd and Restrepo.
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