DRIGGS, Idaho – The Texas Tech men's golf team is in third place following a rollercoaster near- 36 holes at the Showdown in the Rockies, at the Huntsman, in Driggs, Idaho. The conclusion of the second round was suspended, due to darkness, with two Red Raiders yet to complete No. 18,
Round one was a tale of two halves for a few of the Red Raiders, as Tech had individuals experience both hot starts and strong finishes. When the dust settled, Tech held third place (-5), a mere six shots off the lead, heading into tomorrow's final round.
For example, Kyle Hogan had two birdies and three bogeys on his first nine holes of the day before eagling No. 10 and rattling off three birdies after that for a 31 on the final nine to card a -4 68.
Ivan Ramirez bogeyed 7 and doubled 8 to start +3 through nine, but rebounded on the back nine with birdies on 10, 15 and 18 to finish the day at +2.
The steady hand in round one was Sandy Scott, who birdied three of the day's first four holes and kept the momentum going with five more birdies on the back nine. He finished with a -5 67, and was tied for fourth through the first round.
Adam Blomme started hot, with three birdies in five holes, and his four bogeys on the back would have hurt more, but he struck a beautiful 8-iron on the 188-yard par-3 11th that spun back into the hole for an ace. He finished the first round with a +1 73.
It was more of the same in round two, as four Red Raiders had a difference of two or more shots between their front and back nines.
The low man of round two was freshman Markus Braadlie, who rebounded nicely from his opening–round 77 with four birdies in the first six holes, on his way to a 2-under 70.
Tech absolutely scorched the Huntsman's par-5's, combining to go 24-under par throughout both rounds on those holes, registering five eagles in the process.
Tech heads into the final round with both Scott (-4, T-4) and Hogan (-2, T-10) sitting in the top 10, individually. Playing as individuals, Thomas Allkins (+11) is T-51 and Andy Lopez (+8) is T-42.
After Ramirez and Blomme finish their second rounds at 9 a.m. CT, Tech will begin the final round, with Blomme currently scheduled to lead off. He is scheduled to be followed by Braadlie, Ramirez, Hogan and Scott.