Red Raider golf finishes fifth at Big 12 Championships
Sandy Scott earned all-tournament honors after posting a 54-hole total with a 69-70-66 – 205 (5-under) scorecard for his fifth top-5 finish of the season.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. – Texas Tech junior Sandy Scott shot 4-under-par on Sunday to earn a tie for fifth at the Big 12 Conference Championship and lead the No. 10-ranked Red Raiders who finished fifth in the team standings at The Greenbrier.
Scott earned all-tournament honors after posting a 54-hole total with a 69-70-66 – 205 (5-under) scorecard for his fifth top-5 finish of the season. A junior from Scotland, Scott finished three shots back of tournament championship Hayden Springer who carded 8-under for TCU and held off Oklahoma State's Viktor Hovland who finished as the championship's runner-up at 7-under. The No. 1-ranked Cowboys won the Big 12 tournament title at 13-under, while the Red Raiders were fifth at 4-over (284-282-278 – 844) just two shots back of Texas and Oklahoma who tied for third at 2-over. TCU finished as the tournament's runner-up at 2-under.
"Sandy played great and has really come on this spring to lead this team in a big way," Texas Tech coach Greg Sands said. "We never gave up and finished the last few holes well and had a realistic shot of moving up to second or third place. It was very close between those top six teams."
Ivan Ramirez finished the tournament in 17th after shooting 1-under during his final round and completed the three-round championship at 71-73-69 – 213. Ramirez made three birdies on Sunday along with 13 pars. His birdies came on a par 3, 4 and 5, including moving to 1-under with a birdie on No. 17 which is a 564-yard par 5 before he made par on No. 18. He had eight birdies and led the Red Raiders with 37 pars throughout the 54-hole championship. Scott finished the tournament with 12 birdies and 35 pars for his top-5 finish.
Adam Blomme and Jansen Smith tied for 28th after the senior and freshman both finished the weekend at 6-over for the championship. Blomme, a senior from Sweden, shot 76-69-71 – 216 with three birdies in his final round and eight during the three rounds. A freshman from San Angelo, Smith completed his first postseason event with a 70-70-76 – 216 scorecard. Smith was 15th coming into the final round before shooting 6-over on Sunday following a pair of even-par rounds on Saturday. He recorded the team's only eagle of the tournament on the par 4, 395-yard No. 14 hole in the opening round before having one birdie on Sunday. Kyle Hogan finished 45th overall with a three-round total of 74-77-72 – 223 for the Red Raiders. A sophomore, Hogan was 2-over on Sunday after making two birdies and 12 pars, but also with four bogeys.
Scott's finish is the top showing for a Red Raider at the conference tournament since Ramirez finished sixth at the 2017 tournament after Clement Sordet tied for third in 2015. Chris Ward remains the only Red Raider in program history to win the Big 12 Conference Championship with his individual title in 2010. Scott's round of 205 is the best 54-hole total in the Big 12 tournament, topping a 212 from Kyle Willmann in 2002 with the format moving to a 72-hole championship in 2008. This 2019 tournament was modified to a 54-hole championship after rain canceled the opening round on Friday. One of 15 players in the nation on the Haskins Watch List, he is the 22nd player in program history to earn Big 12 Conference Championship All-Tournament honors.
"I'm most proud of the attitude and hard work these guys continue to put in," Sands said. "And, know it's just a matter of time before it pays off in a big way."
UP NEXT: NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships selections announcement will take place on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m., on Golf Channel's Golf Central and streamed live on the Golf Channel website. Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals will be selected to compete at one of six regional championship sites. The Red Raiders have advanced to 17 straight NCAA regional tournaments and were an NCAA quarterfinalist last season.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 12-15. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The six regional sites include Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington, hosted by Washington State University; Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance; University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, hosted by the University of Louisville; University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia; and University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.