OOLTEWAH, TN – The Honors Course proved to be a challenge for the sixth-seeded Red Raiders on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Golf Championships as Texas Tech ended the day in a tie for 27th with TCU.
"Obviously this was a very hard day for us," said Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands. "We just couldn't seem to get anything to go our way. We had trouble off the tee box, on the greens and everywhere in between. This is a disappointed group of guys but they will pick it up over the next two rounds."
10th-ranked Texas Tech will have to rally on the final two days of tournament play in order to secure one of eight spots that move on to match play beginning on Friday.
The Red Raiders made an already difficult course even more so, turning in a team score of 302 (14-over) and did not have one single individual finish in the Top 25. Texas Tech found itself in a manageable 11th place after 12 holes but the back nine proved to be fatal.
Sophomore Tyler Weworski led the Red Raiders with a first-round score of 74 (2-over) while junior Nils Floren was close behind at 75 (3-over). Chris Ward, the 2010 Big 12 Champion, is currently 3-over while Finley Ewing IV is at 6-over and Matt Smith at 8-over.
Texas Tech will look to rebound early Wednesday morning as the Red Raiders have drawn a 7:20 a.m. tee time from the 10th hole. Live stats can be found online at www.golfstat.com.