Red Raiders in Front in Search for Third Team Title|
Oct. 29, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - With one day complete at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate, the Texas Tech men's golf team is in the hunt for its third team title this fall. The Red Raiders currently sit in first place at 11-under 557 behind a highly-impressive opening round in which junior Garrett Merrell tied the second-lowest individual-round score with a 64 and Tech carded the second-lowest 18-hole score in school history at 274.
After 36 holes of play, Tech is three strokes in front of Texas-Arlington, who stands in second place at eight-under 560. They are followed by Nevada, Kansas State and Loyola Marymount at the top of the team leaderboard. Cal. Poly, Louisiana Monroe, Miami (Ohio), Ball State, New Mexico State, Southern Alabama, Northern Colorado, Washington State, Rice, UTEP, Nebraska and Townson round out the remainder of the teams.
The Red Raiders started off the day in an impressive fashion. Merrell fired a smoldering seven-under 64 and freshman Sergio Franky shot a 69 to help Tech card its impressive 10-under 274 for the first round. It followed it up with a one-under 283 to put itself in the lead after 36 holes.
Merrell leads all Tech golfers with a six-under 136 to tie for the individual lead. Franky is one stroke back in third place with a five-under 137. Santiago Rivas is tied for eighth place at two-under 140 to give the Red Raiders three golfers in the top 10. Will Griffin, two-over 144, and Nils Floren, nine-over 151, rounded off Tech's scoring for the day.
Tuesday's third and final round at the New Mexico State University Golf Course will tee off at 8 a.m. Complete Stats are available at www.golfstat.com.