OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – The 10th-ranked Texas Tech men's golf team played up to its standards this morning as the Red Raiders fired a 3-under par to shave three strokes off their team total and improved to a tie for 20th place at the NCAA Championships on Thursday. The second round results are incomplete as a two-hour rain delay mid-afternoon forced the round to be suspended due to darkness. Texas Tech completed its second round shortly after noon (EST).
Texas Tech will have plenty of work to do on Thursday as the Red Raiders will need to turn in one of their best rounds of the season in order to have a chance of advancing to pool play.
"I think there is some benefit to us knowing what we have to do tomorrow," said Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands. "We needed that (3-under round). We at least gave ourselves a chance. We could play a really good round tomorrow. It looks like we will be in the morning wave, which could be good. Go out play as well as we did today, maybe a little better tomorrow and I think we will have a chance."
The top eight teams will advance to pool play on Friday morning following the conclusion of the first 54 holes of play that began on Tuesday.
As a team, the Red Raiders posted a second round score of 285 which was 17 strokes better than the 302 turned in after the first round on Tuesday. Tech entered today's round in a tie for 27th place after posting its worst round of the season at 14-over.
Texas Tech's comeback on Wednesday was fueled by sophomore Tyler Weworksi, Tech's individual leader after the first round, and junior Chris Ward. Both Weworski and Ward turned in second round scores of 71 to finish 1-under par and currently rank T-43 and T-55 on the individual leaderboard, respectively.
Rounding out today's second round was junior Nils Floren who finished even at 72 and stands tied for 68th. Matt Smith, who finished 7-over on Tuesday, dropped eight strokes off his score today and turned in a second round score of 71 (1-under) while Finley Ewing IV ended the day 6-over.
The conclusion of the suspended round will be played at 7 a.m. (ET) with the third round beginning at approximately 9 a.m. (ET). Live scoring from The Honors Course can be followed at www.golfstat.com.
FLOREN, WARD EARN PING ALL-REGION ACCOLADES
Juniors Nils Floren and Chris Ward have earned Division I PING All-Central Region honors today from the Golf Coaches Association of America. Floren is currently ranked as the 18th best collegiate player in the country while Ward took home Big 12 medalist honors this season and is ranked 34th.