GREENSBORO, N.C. — Finley Ewing IV and Clement Sordet canned back-to-back birdies on the 18th hole, lifting Texas Tech into fifth place after Thursday’s first round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional men’s golf tournament.
A strong finish boosted the Red Raiders from a tie for eighth into the fifth spot in the 13-team field. The top five teams and two lowest-scoring individuals not on those teams advance to the NCAA championships May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club. Round two of the 54-hole regional tournament is today.
“We really struggled starting a little bit,” Tech coach Greg Sands said. “It was nice to see the guys finish the last six or seven holes under par and move into fifth place. We really want to try and win this golf tournament, and that is going to be our mindset. We want to be in contention.”
Tech is trying to make the NCAA championships for the fifth time in seven years, though this year the Red Raiders are much less of a sure thing with four freshmen in their five-man lineup.
Ewing, a junior, led the team Thursday with a 72. Sordet and Henry Todd both shot 73, Esteban Restrepo carded a 76 and Matias Dominguez had a 77.
Ewing played the back nine in 4 under, and Sordet played the back nine in 1 under.
“I think all five guys are playing well, which is nice, and to have all five guys in the game really helps you,” Sands said. “Finley has really worked on staying patient. Even if he starts bad, he does a good job of staying patient, knowing that he is going to make some birdies.”
Tech players tee off beginning at 7;25 a.m. CDT today.
Liberty leads the team competition at 283, followed by SMU at 286.
NCAA GREENSBORO REGIONAL
at Grandover Resort
Team totals: 1. Liberty 283; 2. SMU 286; 3. (tie) Tulsa, Nevada-Las Vegas 293; 5. Texas Tech 294; 6. (tie) Louisiana-Lafayette, Lamar 295; 8. Auburn 296; 9. Indiana 298; 10. Florida 299; 11. Duke 301; 12. Charlotte 303; 13. Mount St. Mary’s 311; 14. George Washington 312.
Medalist: 1. Matt Schovee, SMU, 67; 2. (tie) John Young Kim, Tulsa, Harry Higgs, SMU, 69; 4. (tie) Blake Biddle, UNLV, Chase Marinelli, Liberty, Robert Karlsson, Liberty, MJ Daffue, Lamar, Vaita Guillaume, Campbell, 70.
Texas Tech: Finley Ewing IV 72, Clement Sordet 73, Henry Todd 73, Esteban Restrepo 76, Matias Dominguez 77.