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The five-member freshman class is looking to make a lasting mark on the Texas Tech golf program.

Oct. 19, 2011

by Britton Drown
Texas Tech Athletics Communications

Henry Todd wasn't anxious before heading to Texas Tech earlier this year. He was ready to begin his freshman campaign on the men's golf team, and at the same time join one of the youngest squads in the nation.

No, joining the extremely youthful team didn't bother him.

After all, four of his fellow freshmen were set to join him on their their first season together as a class. It was a season, and an experience that Todd was very much ready to begin.

"I think we all knew we had the potential to be good," he said. "So instead of being nervous, we were ready to get the wheels rolling."

Now Todd, a product of Trophy Club, Texas, is a member of one of the largest and most highly touted freshman classes in Texas Tech golf history. The class, comprised of three international recruits and two Texas products, all came into the fall season eager about the potential they brought to the program.





"We are really excited because I think all of the freshmen came in with the goal of winning the national championship



"It's been good to have more freshmen come in, because we can just relate to each other a lot and go through the same challenges that we are facing in class and managing everything together." Todd said. "It's just good to have other people going along, and it's one of the best classes to ever come to Tech, I think."

Along with Todd, the class includes Esteban Restrepo of Medellin, Colombia, Matias Dominguez of Santiago Chile, Nathan Weant of Hallsville, Texas and Sordet Clement of Charbonnières, France.

It's a group that in the first three months of the season has grown alongside each other and experienced the challenges that a freshman year can bring to most every student-athlete.

"We have bonded really well together," Restrepo said. "We are really excited because I think all of the freshmen came in with the goal of winning the national championship."

It's a lofty goal that head coach Greg Sands has encouraged the class to embrace.

"We didn't recruit them to not dream big and aspire for those things," Sands said. "We know it's not going to be easy and I think they have realized it's going to take hard work and it's good that they are saying those things."

Part of that process is for the five freshmen to learn from the upperclassmen of the program. Drew Dorsey, Finley Ewing IV and Tyler Weworski make up the three upperclassmen in the program, with Weworski being the lone senior.

The group helped the larger freshman class adapt to the college game and the everyday hurdles of life as a student-athlete.

"They've been through some of that, so they can kind of walk through the experiences that they have," Sands said.

And it has certainly worked.

"None of us are perfect yet, so it's kind of nice to learn from them," Todd said. "We all just kind of feed off of each other."

The Red Raiders are coming off a 12th place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Oct. 11 where Ewing IV finished 22nd with a six-over 78, while sophomore Logan McCracken and Dominquez finished tied for 40th after shooting 231 for the tournament.

Now, they have their sights on the Isleworth Collegiate tournament in Windermere, Fla. which will mark the final tournament of the fall season for the Red Raiders. It will also serve as the final chance for the freshmen class to make strides before heading into the off-season.

"They have grown a lot," Sands said "There are a lot of things that aren't golf related that we are growing the most in," head coach Greg Sands said. "I anticipate by the spring they will know what to expect. I'm really excited for what each guy brings to the table."

 

 

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