Tech Men's Golf Finishes Tied For 14th at NCAA|
Clement Sordet set the all-time 18-hole low for a Texas Tech golfer in the NCAA Championship.
May 30, 2013
WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Texas Tech almost revived the magic from the 2010 NCAA Championship on Thursday, nearly coming back from being tied for 23rd after two days but fell just short of making the eight-team field to move on at the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Capital City Club at Crabapple.
The Red Raiders, led by its young sophomore foursome, climbed to a tie for 11th with four holes to play when sophomore Esteban Restrepo birdied No. 5 - Tech's 14th hole of the day - to move the Red Raiders to 10-under on the round and 1-over for the championship.
But Tech would drop six shots total over the final four holes of play to shoot a 4-under par, 276 in the final round and finish 7-over (847) for the championship.
Tech's tie for 14th is the fourth-best finish at the NCAA Championship by a Red Raider squad and second top-15 finish for head coach Greg Sands.
"I'm really proud of the way this team played today," Sands said. "They've played hard all year long and today showed just how good this team can be. There's a lot to look forward to in the next two years when you look at the way those four sophomores played against the best in the country on a championship course. We'll be back."
Sophomore Clement Sordet led all players with a 5-under 65, making six birdies after bogeying his first hole of the day.
Sordet's 65 is a new school record for the lowest 18-hole score by a Red Raider at the NCAA Championship. The previous low was 67 held by Chris Ward and Matt Smith who each shot it at the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Sordet's 65 ties Ward and Smith for most strokes under par by a Red Raider at an NCAA Championship (5-under).
Sophomore Henry Todd followed up with a second consecutive 2-under 68 to finish the championship 1-under par and tied for 26th place individually - the best finish by a Red Raider at the NCAA Championship since Ward tied for 14th in 2010.