Men's Golf Tees Off On Thursday In NCAA Raleigh Regional|
May 12, 2014
The Texas Tech Men's Golf team opens up play in the NCAA Raleigh Regional on Thursday with hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons.
The top five teams from the Raleigh Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships conducted May 23-18 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Texas Tech finished tied for 14th at last year's NCAA Championships in Atlanta.
Now with 13 consecutive NCAA trips, the Red Raiders continue to hold the longest active postseason streak on campus and the second longest in school history. The women's basketball team made 16 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1990-2005.
Texas Tech will be the No. 7 seed in the Raleigh Regional (hosted by NC State) and is one of seven teams from the Big 12 Conference in this year's field of 64. Georgia Tech is the top seed in the Raleigh Regional followed in order by Washington, Florida State, Texas A&M, Mercer, Kentucky, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, South Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Rice and Bethune-Cookman.
"I think that when they're looking down the field, they aren't going to find a hotter 7-seed than us, and that's a testimony again to how well we're playing right now," Sands noted. "There's some great teams: Georgia Tech is a phenomenal team, they've been playing really well lately. Texas A&M has been struggling a little bit so that may help us in the middle of those seeds. I think we've got a pretty good draw. I'm excited to go to North Carolina - it's a great state for golf and we should have some good weather and the best teams will advance."
The Red Raiders are led by junior Clement Sordet who owns a 73.2 stroke average through 33 rounds of golf. Sordet has played in all 11 tournaments of the season and recently earned Big 12 Conference All-Tournament team honors with a tie for seventh place at the Big 12 Championships at Whispering Pines.
The NCAA Raleigh Regional will be contested at the Lonnie Pool Golf Course which will play at par 71 over 7,213 yards. Located on 250 acres inside the city of Raleigh, the golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes. It meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands that are in the Neuse River watershed.
Live scoring for tournament can be found online at golfstat.com.