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Final-round fall ends Tech golfers' season

Posted: May 20, 2012 - 12:29am

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Needing to move up one position in the team standings, Texas Tech went the other direction and now the Red Raiders’ season is over.

Tech shot 18-over-par 306 in the final round of the NCAA Greensboro Regional golf tournament Saturday and dropped from sixth place at the start of the day to 10th out of 14 teams. The top five teams and the two players not on those teams earn berth in the NCAA championships May 29-June 3 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Tech had seven rounds better than 75 the first two days, but only freshman Esteban Restrepo broke 75 in the final round. He shot 74.

“We’re all disappointed, but we certainly are trying to find ways to take some positives from this,” Tech coach Greg Sands said. “No excuses, but we just didn’t play good today. We didn’t hole the putts we needed to, and we certainly know where we need to get better — the short game.

“We’re going to be a tough team next year, but it’s hard to think about right now because we thought we had a good shot to move on.”

Tech made it out of regional four times in the previous six years, and was in good position again going into the day one stroke below the cut line. But the Red Raiders got a 76 from Matias Dominguez and 78s from top-of-the-lineup players Clement Sordet and Finley Ewing IV. Henry Todd birdied the first two holes, but ended up signing for a 79.

Restrepo had Tech’s low score of the tournament, tying for 28th at 8 over.

Liberty led from wire to wire, winning the tournament by three shots over Florida. Those two will be joined at Riviera by Auburn, Lamar and Tulsa.

Vaita Guillaume won regional medalist, setting a Campbell University record with his fifth tournament victory of the season. Guillaume, a senior from Tahiti, shot 72 in the final round and finished tied at 3 under with Liberty’s Robert Karlsson and SMU’s Matt Schovee.

NCAA GREENSBORO REGIONAL

at Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.

Saturday’s Final-Round Results

Team totals: 1. Liberty, 283-293-292—868; 2. Florida, 299-287-285—871; 3. (tie) Auburn, 296-292-286—874; Lamar, 295-293-289—877; 5. Tulsa, 293-297-288—878; 6. Duke, 301-291-289—881; 7. SMU, 288-294-301—883; 8. Nevada-Las Vegas, 293-304-291—888; 9. Indiana, 298-293-303—894; 10. Texas Tech, 294-295-306—895; 11. Charlotte, 303-304-300—907; 12. Louisiana-Lafayette, 295-305-316—916; 13. Mount St. Mary’s, 311-317-300—928; 14. George Washington, 312-310-306—928.

Medalist: 1. Vaita Guillaume, Campbell, 70-71-72—213; 2. (tie) Robert Karlsson, Liberty, 70-69-74—213; Matt Schovee, SMU, 67-70-76—213; 4. Blayne Barber, Auburn, 73-68-73—214; 5. (tie) Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn, 76-70-70—216; J.D. Tomlinson, Florida, 73-71-72—216.

Texas Tech: Esteban Restrepo, 76-74-74—224; Clement Sordet, 73-74-78—225; Matias Dominguez, 77-73-76—226; Henry Todd, 73-74-79—226; Finley Ewing IV, 72-78-78—228.

LCU 3, Union 2

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Sarah Mendez staked herself to a lead with a first-inning RBI single, then pitched a five-hit complete game as No. 5 Lubbock Christian University beat No. 12 Union (Tenn.) in the last game of the season for both teams at the NAIA championships.

The game was a pool-play finale. Indiana Southeast clinched first place in the pool Friday. IUS is one of eight pool winners who advance to bracket play. The Lady Chaparrals finished pool play 2-1.

LCU (56-8) increased its lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fourth inning. Kim Frazier singled and her pinch runner, Kenzi Carnell, later scored on an error. Amanda Longoria singled home the other run.

Mendez (22-1) struck out 10 and walked two. She faltered in the sixth, giving up a leadoff single followed by a two-run homer by Shelby Lamb. Union (46-12) then got runners to second and third with two outs, but Katie Beth Fesmire fouled out to end the threat.

LCU 3, UNION (TENN.) 2

Union 000 002 0 — 2 5 2

LCU 100 200 x — 3 9 1

Robey, Thomas (2) and Fesmire; Mendez and Coats. W—Mendez (22-1). L—Thomas (24-7). 2B—LCU, Mendez. HR—Union, Lamb. Records: Union 46-12, LCU 56-8.

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