Red Raiders in 4th after opening round in Vegas

Red Raiders in 4th after opening round in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Texas Tech's Adam Blomme and Kyle Hogan both opened the Southern Highlands Collegiate by shooting 1-under-par to lead the Red Raiders who are tied for fourth after the first round on Sunday at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.

No. 18 Texas Tech shot an even-par 288 team total which has them tied with No. 15 California and No. 38 UNLV and behind tournament leader No. 4 Georgia Tech (5-under), No. 37 Stanford (3-under) and No. 11 Oklahoma (1-under).

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Blomme and Hogan are tied for seventh individually at the tournament, while Ivan Ramirezshot even-par 72 and is in 19th going into the second round on Tuesday. Texas Tech junior Sandy Scott and freshman Jansen Smith were both at 74 on their scorecard after the completion of their opening 18 holes. Blomme, who finished second at last week's Desert Colleigate, started this week's tournament by making five birdies on Sunday to put himself in contention. Hogan matched the 71 with three birdies on the front-9 before making par on each of the final nine holes.

Noah Norton (Georgia Tech) and Jack Trent (UNLV) lead the tournament after both posting rounds of 5-under, while Stanford's Henry Shimp is third at 4-under. Blomme and Hogan go into the second of three rounds four shots back at the
No. 44 TCU is six back of the Red Raiders, while No. 8 Texas is at 7-over and in 10th going into the second round of the 15-team event.

Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking: Scott has risen two spots to No. 4 and Ramirez is now No. 7 in the International Rankings. Using Golfstat's NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component. The remaining six men's and women's spots for the United States will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick. The balance of the International team will include the men's and women's winners of The R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections, and a coaches pick. Arnold Palmer Cup teams will be unveiled live on Golf Channel's Golf Central on Wednesday, March 6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

UP NEXT: Texas Tech will continue its season after Las Vegas at the Lake Charles Invitational (Louisiana) on March 18-19, 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. 


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