PALM DESERT, California – Texas Tech is atop the leaderboard and will go into the second round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate tied with Colorado State and one shot ahead of TCU after shooting a 290 team total on Friday at the Classic Club.
Adam Blomme led the Red Raiders by posting a 3-under-par 69 in the first round and is one shot off the lead individually, while Ivan Ramirez shot 73 and is tied for 13th. The No. 18-ranked Red Raiders are tied with CSU for the lead at the 21-team tournament with a round of 2-over followed by TCU which shot 291, Boise State (293) and Colorado and Kansas (297).
The second of three rounds is set to begin at 9 a.m. (CST) on Saturday ahead of Sunday's final round in southern California. Fans can follow the tournament through live scoring provided by Golfstat.
Blomme finished his opening round with four birdies and only one bogey to finish at 3-under, while Ramirez was at 1-over at the end of a round that saw six birdies but also one triple and one double bogey. Hogan and Scott are both at 2-over after the opening round and Braadlie posted a 75. Scott completed his first day in California with two birdies and 13 pars and Hogan's scorecard had three birdies after 18 holes.
Playing as an individual, Jansen Smith posted a 73 and will go into the second of three rounds tied with Ramirez and 10 other golfers.
David Ravetto (TCU) and Skyler Eubank (Boise State) lead the field after finishing the day at 4-under, followed by Blomme and Parathankorn Suyasri (CSU). The 120-player field had six shoot under-par on the first day and six at even-par.
The Red Raiders are coming off their spring opener two weeks ago at the Amer Ari Invitational where they finished sixth. Ramirez led Tech at the tournament, posting 68-73-68 – 209 for 12th place overall. Tech was in second place after the opening round in Hawaii for their best start this year prior to Friday's round. After the completion of this weekend's tournament, Texas Tech will continue its season next week at the Southern Highlands Masters in Las Vegas from March 3-5 before also playing at the Lake Charles Invitational (Louisiana), Aggie Invitational (College Station) and El Macero Classic (California) leading into the Big 12 Championships on April 26-28 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.