LAS VEGAS – Texas Tech seniors Ivan Ramirez and Adam Blomme both recorded top-10 finishes to lead the No. 18 Red Raiders to a fourth-place showing at the Southern Highlands Collegiate with the team shooting 8-under during the three-day event at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Ramirez and Blomme would tie for ninth with both Red Raiders shooting 3-under through 54 holes, while Sandy Scott was 14th overall at 2-under. Tech (288-284-284 – 856) finished six shots back of No. 11 Oklahoma which won the team title at 14-under. No. 8 Texas was second at 13-under followed by No. 37 Stanford (10-under). The Red Raiders finished the tournament ahead of No. 15 Cal, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 6 Southern Cal and No. 7 Auburn at the 15-team event.
Ramirez carded his 3-under at the tournament with a 72-71-70 – 213 scorecard, while Blomme was at 71-70-72 – 213 during the two days. Ramirez finished the final round with four birdies and finished the event with 10. Scott was just one back, shooting 2-under at the 54-hole event with a 74-70-70 – 241. Scott, who is ranked No. 27 in the Golfstat rankings, matched Ramirez's team low-round on Tuesday with a 2-under that included an eagle on No. 9 and two birdies. He made par on each of the final nine holes. Kyle Hogan would finish 21st overall with a 71-773-72 – 216 (1-under) and freshman Jansen Smith completed his first tournament in Las Vegas with a 74-75-74 – 223. Hogan led the tournament with 41 pars, while Scott and Smith both had 39 which was the second most at the event.
Texas Tech now has four top-5 finishes in six tournament this season, including winning the Desert Classic last week in California.
UNLV's Jack Trent won the tournament in a playoff over Texas' Cole Hammer after both finished at 10-under for the tournament. Trent won the playoff on their third hole to earn an exemption into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Hammer, who is ranked No. 23, shot a 64 in the final round to force the playoff.
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.
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.