KONA, Hawaii – Texas Tech is tied for fourth at the Amer Ari Invitational and Adam Blomme and Kyle Hogan are in 12th individually after the completion of the second round on Friday at the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
The No. 29-ranked Red Raiders are 24-under-par (269-283 – 552) through two of three rounds at their first tournament of the spring season, while No. 1 Oklahoma State leads the 18-team field at 36-under followed by No. 8 Southern Cal who is 31-under and No. 14 Texas (30-under) entering Saturday's final round. Oregon is tied with Tech after posting a 271-281 – 552 through two days.
Blomme and Hogan are both at 6-under through 36 holes in Hawaii, while Sandy Scott and Ivan Ramirez are 3-under and tied for 31st overall. A senior from Sweden, Blomme (68-70 – 138) recorded six birdies in his second round including four straight on holes 1-4. Hogan has recorded a 66-72 – 138 at the tournament and has only three bogeys through two rounds. Scott (67-74 – 141) and Ramirez (68-73 – 141) are followed by freshman Jansen Smith who had Friday's low-round for the Red Raiders with a 68 and is now in 75th overall with a two-round 147 total. Thomas Allkins (70-76 – 146) is in 72nd overall playing as an individual at the tournament.
Cole Hammer leads the tournament at 13-under for Texas after posting a 67-64 – 131, while Edwin Yi is at 12-under for Oregon and Justin Suh (12-under) is third for USC. OSU is being led by Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolfe who are tied for fourth at 11-under going into Saturday.
The final round of the Amer Ari Invitational will start at 11:30 a.m. (CST) on Saturday with the Red Raiders being paired with Oklahoma State, Southern Cal and the Longhorns. Texas Tech will return to competition after this weekend's spring-opening tournament at the Desert Classic on Feb. 22-24 in Palm Springs, California.