TRINITY, Texas – Stellar performances from juniors Esteban Restrepo and Matias Dominguez have propelled the Red Raiders to a second place team standing after two rounds of the 2014 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity.
At 1-over, 577, Texas Tech is five strokes back of No. 14 Texas as the Longhorns lead the field at 4-under, 572. The Red Raiders hold a 15-stroke advantage over Iowa State and TCU, who are tied for third place at 16-over, 592.
“You can’t win it after the first 36 holes on the first day but you can certainly put yourself behind the eight-ball and we didn’t do that,” Head Coach Greg Sands said. “We have a great chance to move forward tomorrow.”
Junior Esteban Restrepo was instrumental in giving Tech the chance to move forward as he carded a 4-under, 140 through two rounds and leads the tournament field by one stroke over Texas’ Toni Hakula. He is seeking to become only the second Big 12 Champion in school history as Chris Ward won medalist honors on this same course back in 2010.
“He (Restrepo) played solid. Its pretty easy to coach when he hits 32 greens out of 36,” Sands said. “He has been struggling a little bit off the tee and he found that today. It was a great day to find the fairways and hit the ball so well. I am proud of him.”
Restrepo eagled a par-five on his second hole of the day and that gave him all the confidence he would need as he came into the clubhouse after round one at a tournament leading 3-under, 72. He followed up his first round with a 71 (1-under par) in the second to give him a one-stroke lead heading into Saturday.
Restrepo didn’t carry the load alone, however, as a strong performance by teammate Matias Dominguez helped position the Red Raiders into second place in the team standings.
Dominguez climbed the individual leaderboard by dominating the back nine in this afternoon’s second round. He posted five birdies on the back nine and closed out the round with back-to-back birdies on holes 17 and 18. Dominguez is 1-under, 143 through two rounds and just three strokes back of Restrepo.
All five Red Raiders on the Texas Tech scorecard are in the Top 25 on the leaderboard through two rounds of play. Freshman Hannes Ronneblad, who tied for third after the first round, is in 17th overall (4-over, 148) while junior Clement Sordet is close behind in a tie for 18th at 3-over, 149. Junior Henry Todd is tied for 24th overall at 7-over, 151.
Texas Tech will look to gain some ground on rival Texas in the third round on Saturday morning. The Red Raiders will begin teeing off at 9:40 a.m. off of hole No. 1 and will be paired with Texas and Iowa State. Live scoring can be tracked at www.golftstat.com.
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