TRINITY — Texas Tech didn’t look like one of the favorites going into the Big 12 Conference men’s golf championships.
The Red Raiders had two players suspended recently, finished ninth in their last tuneup at the 10-team Aggie Invitational and were seeded sixth in the conference tournament.
But Tech finished third Sunday at Whispering Pines in what coach Greg Sands said was one of his team’s best performances of the year. Freshmen Clement Sordet and Matias Dominguez posted top-10 finishes and junior Finley Ewing IV tied for 11th in the 50-player field.
Tech shot three rounds under 300, then settled for a 305 on the last day.
“I was proud of how the guys competed,” Sands said. “I wish we had played better today, but really proud of how we competed and got into contention. I thought that was a real important step, and it’s going to pay dividends in two years when we go back to Whispering Pines, that many guys getting into contention and playing well enough to have a chance to win.”
Only Texas A&M and Texas finished ahead of Tech.
The Red Raiders’ five-man lineup had four true freshmen. Logan McCracken and Chandler Rusk, normally the team’s No. 3 and No. 5 players, were suspended for the season just before the Aggie Invitational April 21-22. Sands said it was for a team rules violation.
Even before then, the Red Raiders battled up-and-down play with a young lineup.
“It hasn’t been great,” Sands said of the team’s consistency. “Obviously, we played good this week. We didn’t play very well at the Aggie tournament. That’s one of those things that sometimes just comes with time. Maybe we got over the hump and got the confidence to play good week in and week out. I would rate this as one of our better performances of the year.”
Tech is assured of making the NCAA postseason for the 11th year in a row. The six NCAA regionals are scheduled May 17-19 in Greensboro, N.C., Athens, Ga., Ann Arbor, Mich., Bowling Green, Ky., Norman, Okla., and Stanford, Calif.
The teams and regional assignments will be announced May 7.
BIG 12 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Whispering Pines Golf Club, Trinity
Sunday’s Final-Round Results
Team totals: 1. Texas A&M, 296-286-286-297—1,165; 2. Texas, 302-292-283-291—1,168; 3. Texas Tech, 290-298-290-305—1,183; 4. Oklahoma, 292-292-296-305—1,185; 5. Baylor, 304-297-290-296—1,187; 6. Oklahoma State, 310-302-287-297—1,196; 7. Iowa State, 307-299-299-299—1,204; 8. Missouri, 312-301-300-296—1,209; 9. Kansas State, 307-304-307-309—1,227; 10. Kansas, 307-320-304-315—1,246.
Medalist: 1. Joakim Mikkelsen, Baylor, 74-71-72-68—285; 2. Tyler Dunlap, Texas A&M, 73-71-69-74—287; 3. (tie) Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma, 72-69-69-78—288; Dylan Frittelli, Texas, 69-76-67-76—288; 5. Jordan Spieth, Texas, 74-69-75-71—289; 6. Johannes Veerman, Texas A&M, 72-70-73-75—290; 7. Clement Sordet, Texas Tech, 73-72-70-76—291; 8. Julio Vegas, Texas, 78-71-69-75—293; 9. Jordan Russell, Texas A&M, 73-73-71-77—294; 10. Matias Dominguez, Texas Tech, 69-74-74-78—295.
Other Texas Tech individuals: Finley Ewing IV, 74-76-72-74—296; Henry Todd, 74-79-77-77—307; Esteban Restrepo, 82-76-74-78—310.
■ Women’s golf
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas Tech shot 295, the second-lowest team score in the field Sunday, to finish seventh at the Big 12 Conference women’s golf championships at Lawrence, Kan.
Tech got a 3-over-par 73 from Deborah DeVilla and 74s from Gabby Dominguez, Beverly Mendoza and Hannah Arnold. Cold, wet conditions caused play to be suspended midway through the front nine as a storm cell passed.
DeVilla tied for 16th at 21-over and Dominguez finished one stroke back in a tie for 20th.
No. 29 Tech will learn its postseason destination when NCAA regional selections are announced at 8 p.m. today via a webcast on www.ncaa.com.
BIG 12 WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Lawrence, Kan., Country Club
Sunday’s Final-Round Results
Team totals: 1. Oklahoma, 316-292-296—904; 2. Texas, 325-298-288—911; 3. Baylor, 313-302-297—912; 4. (tie) Oklahoma State, 315-301-297—913; Iowa State, 311-302-300—913; 6. Texas A&M, 318-304-299—921; 7. Texas Tech, 326-303-295—924; 8. Kansas State, 323-309-300—932; 9. Missouri, 322-316-311—949; 10. Kansas, 338-307-306—951.
Medalist: 1. Mary Michael Maggio, Texas A&M, 77-73-69—219; 2. (tie) Hayley Davis, Baylor, 75-72-73—220; Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma, 75-70-75—220; 4. Anne Tanguay, Oklahoma, 76-72-74—222; 5. Jayde Panos, Oklahoma State, 80-70-73—223; 6. Nicole Vandermade, Texas, 81-69-74—224; 7. Chelsey Cothran, Baylor, 78-72-75—225; 8. (tie) Punpaka Phuntumabamrung, Iowa State, 78-75-73—226; Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M, 76-78-72—226; Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State, 76-78-72—226; Bertine Strauss, Texas, 77-78-71—226.
Texas Tech: Deborah DeVilla, 83-75-73—231; Gabby Dominguez, 79-79-74—232; Beverly Mendoza, 79-80-74—233; Kimberly Kaufman, 85-73-78—236; Hannah Arnold, 89-76-74—239.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas Tech’s series finale Sunday against Kansas was canceled because of cold, wet conditions, and will not be rescheduled.
No. 24 Tech (38-14, 11-9 in the Big 12) will host Oklahoma State in a regular-season series finale with games at 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. May 7.