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Tech sports roundup: Hannes Ronneblad wins at Bandon Dunes

Swedish senior earns second career title

Posted: March 14, 2017 - 10:11pm

BANDON, Ore. — Texas Tech’s Hannes Ronneblad birdied holes No. 16 and 18 to win the Bandon Dunes Championship by two strokes on Tuesday.

The senior from Sweden shot 2-under 70 in the final round to finish 54 holes at 10-under, two clear of Oregon’s Wyndham Clark, the nation’s second-ranked player, and Edwin Yi.

Ronneblad never fell out of the lead after tying his career low round with a 65 on Sunday, the first day of the event. Ronneblad, who won the Lone Star Invitational his sophomore year, became the sixth Tech player to win more than one title in Greg Sands’ 17 years as coach.

Ronneblad also tied for first at the 2015 Carmel Cup, but lost in a playoff.

His birdie on No. 18 pushed the Red Raiders into a solo second-place finish at 7-under. Oregon won, playing 54 holes in 28-under. After Tech came Oregon State at 6-under, Colorado at 4-under and Texas A&M at 5-over. There were 16 teams in the field.

Tech junior Fredrik Nihlen (71-70-71) tied for ninth among 90 players at 4-under, and sophomore Ivan Ramirez (73-73-72) tied for 20th at 2-over. Senior Federico Zucchetti (74-73-74) ended a string of three consecutive top-15 finishes, and freshman Sandy Scott (77-73-75) rounded out the lineup.

The other Tech players who have won more than one title during Sands’ tenure are Kyle Willmann, Oscar Floren, Chris Ward, Clement Sordet and Nihlen. Nihlen won two of his first four tournaments this school year, the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach and the Amir Ari in Hawaii.

Tech players have won individual medalist in three of the eight events the Red Raiders have played this school year.

Men’s tennis

LOS ANGELES — Jack Jaede downed Texas Tech’s Alex Sendegeya, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 4 singles to clinch No. 7 Southern Cal’s 4-3 victory after the Red Raiders battled back from a 3-0 deficit.

Southern Cal (15-2) won the best-of-three doubles point, then went up 3-0 as Riley Smith and Thibault Forget won No. 6 No. 5 singles, the first two singles matches completed (6-10) closed within 3-2 as Bjorn Thomson and Connor Curry won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

Jaede’s victory clinched the outcome, though. Tech’s Jolan Cailleau outlasted Brandon Holt, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1, the last match completed.

Thomson’s 6-2, 6-2 victory kept him undefeated in dual-match singles play and was the 11th consecutive win for the sophomore from Birmingham, England.

at Marks Stadium, Los Angeles

SOUTHERN CAL 4, TEXAS TECH 3

Note: Format is one point for winning best-of-three doubles, which is played first, and one point for each singles match won.

Singles: Jolan Cailleau, Texas Tech, Brandon Holt, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Bjorn Thomson, Texas Tech, def. Logan Smith, 6-2, 6-2; Connor Curry, Texas Tech, def. Nick Crystal, 6-0, 7-5; Jack Jaede, USC, def. Alex Sendegeya, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Thibault Forget, USC, def. Pyry Hyrkkonen, 6-0, 6-1; Riley Smith, USC, def. Jackson Cobb, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Curry-Thomson, Texas Tech, def. Holt-R. Smith, 6-0; Crystal-Laurens Verboven, USC, def. Carlos DiLaura-Cailleau, 6-1; Rob Bellamay-Jaede, USC, def. Cobb-Sendegeya, 7-5.

Records: Texas Tech 6-10, USC 15-2.

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