No. 14 Tech men's golf set to defend Amer Ari Championship
LUBOOCK, Texas— The No. 14 Texas Tech men's golf team will head to Hawaii to begin the 2018 spring season at the 27th annual Amer Ari Invitational, which will take place Feb. 1-3, at the Waikiloa Beach Resort (King's Course) in Kona, Hawaii.
The tournament will tee off at 11:30 a.m. CT, with Friday's second round and Saturday's final round set to tee off at 11:30 a.m. CT as well.
The Red Raiders are among the 18 teams selected to take part in the tournament, which includes 7 of the top 15 teams in the Bushnell Golf Week Coaches Poll. Among these are No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Auburn, No. 11 Stanford, No. 16 Texas and No. 18 Southern California.
Tech returns to the tournament as the reigning champs, hoping to defend last year's title, which was the program's first at the event. In 2017, the Red Raiders claimed first by finishing 44-under par, with second-place No. 7 USC finishing 8 shots behind, and No. 20 Oregon taking the bronze. Tech also topped No. 6 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Texas. No. 12 Auburn and No. 25 Georgia Tech.
Tech's Frederik Nilehn returns to Kona as the defending individual champion of the tournament. Nilehn claimed last year's title after a playoff with USC's Rico Hoey and Arizona State's Jared du Toit. Nilehn's performance set what was then a 54-hole school record, shooting a 16-under 200.
Tech comes off a fall season in which the Red Raiders placed second at both The Carmel Cup and the Trinity Forest Invitational as a team. Hurly Long had the lowest round of the fall slate shooting an 11-under par 61 at The Carmel Cup, which is now the course record at Pebble Beach and a Tech school record.
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