OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – Texas Tech's best season in over 50 years came to an end today as No. 2 seed Florida State defeated the seventh-seeded Red Raiders 4-1 in quarterfinal match play here at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
The Red Raiders, who made an improbable comeback yesterday to reach match play, couldn't match their play today as the Seminoles won matches at positions 1, 2, 3 and 5. Sophomore Tyler Weworksi, continued his outstanding play at this tournament and was the only Red Raider who came out victorious today. Weworksi won his match at 3 and 2 over Florida State's Wesley Graham.
"It's disappointing," said Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands. ‘'We had our chances today and just missed way to many putts. You have to credit Florida State because I thought they were outstanding all day long and they have a very solid team. Once the sting of this thing wears off a bit, we will look back and see what a great year we had. This is the best we've done at nationals during my career at Texas Tech and hopefully we will just get better from here."
Weather played havoc for the second time during this tournament as the round was suspended at approximately 1:38 p.m. (ET) and went into a 1 ½ hour delay. Junior Nils Floren, a first team PING All-American playing at the No. 1 position, used that delay to his advantage and came back to cut three strokes off his deficit to Seminole ace Drew Kittleson.
Floren's comeback came a little too late as back-to-back losses on the 18th hole by Chris Ward and Matt Smith helped seal the win for Florida State and Floren's round was halted after the 17th.
Texas Tech ends its season with a top eight finish in the NCAA Championships for the first time since the 1959 season when the Red Raiders ended that year in seventh. This also marks the program's third Top 10 finish and first since that same season in 1959.
FLOREN EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Texas Tech junior Nils Floren was named to the PING First Team All-American team today and become the first to achieve that honor since his brother Ocsar (Floren) during the 2006 season. Floren was ranked recently as the No. 18 player in the country and has posted six Top 10 finishes this season.