WINDERMERE, Fla. – The Texas Tech men's golf team surged to second place by posting the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational low-round on Monday at 7-under-par and will enter the final round trailing only Vanderbilt at the Isleworth Country Club. Adam Blomme leads the Red Raiders at 5-under which has him in fourth, while Ivan Ramirez (3-under) and Sandy Scott (2-under) are in the top-10 going into Tuesday's round.
The Red Raiders have carded a 285-281 – 566 (10-under) through two days, while Vanderbilt leads the tournament at 18-under with a 276-282 – 558 total. Texas Tech entered the second round in fourth place, but quickly moved up and was tied with the Commodores at one point in the round. Auburn is in third with a 284-288 – 572, followed by Arizona State (575), Texas (576) and West Virginia (576) at the 15-team tournament.
The Red Raiders will be paired with Vanderbilt and Auburn during Tuesday's final round that will begin at 9:40 a.m. at the par 72, 7,544 yard course.
"We executed our game plan really well," Texas Tech coach Greg Sands said. "We have a really good idea of how to play this golf course and the guys were really focused in on doing the right things. Those were the keys and what we're looking forward to about tomorrow. It's going to take a really good round for us the way Vanderbilt is playing. We're going to have to come out and play one of the best rounds of the fall to catch them and hope they don't have their best stuff. Eight shots is quite a bit, but at the same time at this golf course it's not that much."
Vanderbilt's Will Gordon lead the tournament at 10-under with a scorecard of 64-70 –134, while Auburn's Brandon Mancheno (67-68 – 135) and Vanderbilt's John Augenstein (69-66 – 135) are tied for second.
Blomme put him himself into contention by shooting 3-under-par on Monday with four birdies on his scorecard after opening the tournament with a 70 on Sunday. Ramirez made four birdies for the second straight day and with a 71-70 – 141 scorecard, while Scott put together a consistent round with four birdies and 13 pars with only a stumble with a double-bogey on No. 17. Scott is at 72-72 – 142 after two days, while Thomas Allkins (32nd) has posted a 75-72 – 147 and Kyle Hogan (T55) a 72-79 – 151.
Texas Tech had all five of its players make four birdies each on Monday and leads the tournament with 41 birdies through two rounds. The Red Raiders also are atop the tournament stats with a 4.02 scoring average on par 4s and a 3.13 average on par 3s. Ramirez is at 3-under on par 3s to lead the tournament and Blomme is at a 2.88 average on par 3s (1-under).
The Red Raiders are playing in their fourth and final fall event before returning to action for the spring season in February. For all news and updates on Texas Tech Men's Golf, follow the program on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.