LUBBOCK, Texas – In its first action since the 2018 NCAA Quarterfinals, the No. 15 Texas Tech men's golf team returns to the links on Friday to tee off the 2018-19 season in The Carmel Cup, at Pebble Beach.
The eight-team field is always stacked with the nation's elite, and this year's edition is no different. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches top 25, with three in the top five.
With junior Sandy Scott representing Scotland at the World Amateur, three Red Raiders from last year's postseason run will tee off tomorrow—Adam Blomme, Ivan Ramirez and Kyle Hogan. All three were instrumental to last season's success.
"Because we accomplished one of our goals last year—to make the final eight—I think these guys are hungry for more after that experience," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "I think it's important though that we put last year behind us and focus on what this team can accomplish, because that starts this weekend."
The famous 6,828-yard, par-72 track is home to many incredible golf moments, one of which happened a year ago in a Texas Tech uniform. Hurly Long, on his way to winning the individual Carmel Cup title, fired a second-round 61, breaking the Pebble Beach course record.
Tech has claimed the last two Carmel Cup individual titles, with Fredrik Nilehn bringing one back to Lubbock in 2016.
Tech will tee off at 9 a.m. CT off hole No. 1, led by Jansen Smith. He will be followed in 10-minute increments by Thomas Allkins, Markus Braadlie, Hogan, Ramirez and Blomme. Usually five players will compete for each team with the four best scores counting, but this weekend six will play with five scores counting. The Red Raiders will be paired with Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma.
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