Pair of Red Raiders in U.S. Amateur Field

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech golfers Matt Smith (Canberra, Australia) and Chris Ward (McKinney, Texas) are among 312 golfers from the United States and around the world who will compete for the U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 24-30 in Tulsa, Okla.

Monday and Tuesday's rounds represent the stroke play rounds of the event, which will be held on two courses - Southern Hills Country Club and Cedar Ridge Country Club - and tees off with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The top 64 golfers will advance to match play, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. All match play contests will take place at Southern Hills.

Ward, who led the Red Raiders to their third NCAA Championships appearance in four years in the spring, qualified for the event in late July at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. The senior fired a two-round 134, claiming the second of three spots.

Smith redshirted the 2008-09 season and will return this fall as a junior. He spent the year away from collegiate competition working on his game and it has paid off. The winner of the Los Angeles City Championship earlier this summer, Smith locked down the only available slot in the qualifier at The Rawls Course in Lubbock on Aug. 3. He carded a two-round 138 to advance.

Both players will tee off at Southern Hills on Monday and Cedar Ridge for Tuesday's second round. Smith tees off from the first tee at 8:10 a.m. CT and Ward from the No. 10 tee at 7:40 a.m.

The Golf Channel will provide coverage of the event Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from noon-2 p.m. NBC picks up coverage on the weekend from 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.