LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – The Texas Tech Men’s Golf season came to an end earlier today as the Red Raiders failed to make the cut for next week’s NCAA Championships. The Red Raiders finished sixth overall at 12-over, 864.
Texas Tech managed to make a run as the Red Raiders were able to make up some ground on a nine-stroke deficit it faced heading into today’s final round. Tech shot a 4-over, 288 over the final 18 holes, which was the fourth best round of the day and allowed the Red Raiders to pull within two strokes of Florida State late in the round.
As was the case on Friday, the Red Raiders had trouble with the finish as the team collected four bogeys on the final two holes.
“We had a chance going into today, which is what we wanted, but we fell a little short,” head coach Greg Sands said. “The guys battled and we gave ourselves a chance, which was great given all the mistakes we’ve made in the first two days. We just didn’t make enough birdies again. Today was a tougher day, and if we could have just shot even par we would have had a chance.”
The bright spot for the weekend came in the play of true freshman Hannes Ronneblad. Ronneblad led the team in the three-round tournament with a score of 213 (even par) and finished tied for 13th. Junior Esteban Restrepo tied for 14th overall at 1-over, 214.
“We had a good run at the end and that’s going to motivate us for next year,” Sands noted. “We need to get a little sharper with the short game and we can’t make the silly mistakes we made the first two days. We need to get better and to compete for a National Championship, because that’s what we’re trying to do.”