Season Rolls on with Trip to New Mexico
Sept. 21, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's golf squad is looking to regroup after finishing 16th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate last weekend. The Red Raiders will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 52nd William H. Tucker Intercollegiate to be played out at the UNM Championship Course. The 19-team field will begin competition on Friday, September 22, at 7:30 a.m. with the first two rounds. The conclusion to the Tucker will take place the following day with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
THE TUCKER FIELD
Others joining the Red and Black will be Big 12 opponents Colorado and Missouri. The remaining teams are as follows: Air Force, Colorado State, Denver, Hawaii, Nevada, host New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Sam Houston State, St. Edward's, UTEP, Tulsa and Wyoming.
Tech will see only one familiar team on the links at the UNM Championship course. The Red Raider team faced Texas A&M at the first tournament of the fall season, the International Collegiate. Tech finished immediately before the Aggies in the team standings, with the Red Raiders carding an 861 for fourth place and A&M finishing with even-par 864 in fifth.
THE LAST TEE
Jake Younan-Wise led the Red Raiders for the second-straight tournament after tying for 11th. The Australia native carded rounds of 67-75-70--212 to finish in the top 20 for the second time this season. Oscar Floren attempted to avenge a sluggish first-round but finished short by tying for 32nd, four shots shy of a top-20 finish. He turned in rounds of 79-71-67--217. Santiago Rivas tied for 61st in his first competition of the season with rounds of 74-73-77--224. Freshman Will Griffin shot rounds of 77-75-79--231 to finish in a tie for 83rd. Jeremy Martin hit a 242 to finish 90th.
THREE IS THE NUMBER
In 2003, Raider William Haddrell finished third with a 54-hole 214. Current-senior Oscar Floren fired rounds of 72-71-66--209 to tie for third in 2004. Last year proved to be the most successful for Tech as three Red Raiders finished in the top 10. Andrew Dresser paced the squad with a 6-under 210 to take third place. Brandon Lakatta turned in a 2-under 214 to tie for eighth, while Floren tied for 10th with a 1-under 215.
As a team, Tech has not finished worse than fifth place since 2002. During that year, they took fifth out of 18 with a 54-hole score of 876. The next two years Texas Tech finished in fourth with an 882 in 2003 and 888 in 2004. Anchored by three top-10 individuals in 2005, the team had their best showing as they carded rounds of 280-297-285--862 (-2) to finish third of 20 schools.
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