LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech claimed its first NCAA Regional title in school history on Saturday, firing a 3-under 285 while outlasting top-seed Texas A&M in the final round of the South Central Regional at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.
Tech's second tournament victory of the season could not have come at a better time as the Red Raiders will now have a favorable seed at the NCAA Championships, held June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Despite playing on the Aggies' home course, Tech made just enough birdies to outlast A&M's 1-under-par day and a couple Tech bogies on the 18th hole. The Red Raiders finished 13-under-par as a team, defeating Texas A&M by a single stroke.
After a bogie on the day's first hole, Chris Ward led the way for Tech as he had a par or better on the final 17 holes, finishing 4-under on the day and in a five-way tie for fifth place with teammates Nils Floren and Finley Ewing IV at 5-under for the tournament.
Floren and Ewing continued their strong play from the previous two rounds with both firing 1-under 71 cards. Matt Smith finished in a tie for 20th place after shooting 3-over on the day and 2-over for the tournament. Tech's other player, Tyler Weworski, finished 9-over for the tournament after shooting a 3-over 75 Saturday.
TCU (-6) and North Florida (-5) were the only other two schools under par, while Baylor (+5) earned the last automatic bid into the NCAA Championships following a playoff with Georgia. Russell Henley of Georgia won the individual title at 9-under-par.