Red Raider golf begins season at Pebble Beach
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's golf team will open its 2019-20 season this weekend at The Carmel Cup at the Pebble Beach Golf Links with three rounds from Friday-Sunday in Pebble Beach, California.
The No. 18-ranked Red Raiders will be represented in the season-opening tournament by Sandy Scott, Kyle Hogan, Andy Lopez, Ludvig Aberg, Markus Braadlie and Jansen Smith. The 54-hole tournament is set for 18 holes each day with Tech competing against No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Oklahoma, TCU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Along with Tech, OSU and OU being in the top-25, Arkansas and TCU are receiving votes in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Red Raiders will start the tournament at 9 a.m. (CST) and will be paired with TCU, OSU and MSU on the first day. Smith opens the morning followed by Braadlie, Aberg, Lopez, Hogan and Scott.
Tech finished seventh at last year's Carmel Cup after a runner-up finish at the event to begin the 2017-18 season. The Red Raiders are coming off a season where they advanced to the NCAA postseason for the 18th straight season and won two regular-season tournaments. The program has won 21 tournaments under head coach Greg Sands who leads the team along with associate head coach Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen.
Scott, the team's lone senior and was named a Golfweek Preseason First Team All-America, is coming off a junior campaign where he earned PING All-America honors, All-Big 12 and was selected to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup during the summer. A Nairn, Scotland native, he established a new Texas Tech single-season record by averaging 70.2 per round last season and was chosen earlier this month to compete in the Walker Cup from Sept. 7-8. Scott will travel to play at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, United Kingdom after this weekend's tournament in California before returning to Lubbock.
"I'm really looking forward to this year," Scott said. "We have a great group of guys and our coaches have done a great job of creating a great culture for this team. We have a great structure going into the season and we have a lot of guys who had really good summers in tournament, so we are excited going into the year. I think we are going to be really strong this year and I'm going to do everything I can as a senior leader to help our guys."
Scott earned his first career victory last season by shooting 3-under-par to win the El Macero Classic and also finished as the runner-up at the Lake Charles Invitational. He would claim six top-10 finishes as a junior, including a fifth-place showing at the Big 12 Championship to earn all-tournament honors.
Hogan returns for his redshirt junior season after competing in 11 events as a sophomore. A Cypress native, he had three top-10 showings, including a season-best fourth-place finish at 12-under in the Lake Charles Invitational. Lopez, who is from Plano and is in his second season at Tech after transferring from SFA, competed in the Big 12 Match Play Tournament for the Red Raiders. He qualified this summer for the U.S. Amateur Championship after winning the Bayou Oaks at City Park qualifier in New Orleans. A sophomore from San Angelo, Smith played in eight events as a true freshman and finished with a 73.4 scoring average. He also qualified for the U.S. Amateur this summer after playing for the Red Raiders at the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional. He shot a 68 in the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational for his best round of his first season. Braadlie played in four events as a freshman, including finishing at 1-under and finishing 32nd at last year's Carmel Cup. A Norway native, Braadlie shot an opening-round 66 at Pebble Beach last season to lead the team.
Aberg will be competing in his first collegiate tournament this weekend after a stellar run in the U.S. Amateur earlier this month. A Sweden native, Aberg is currently ranked No. 40 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Texas Tech is scheduled to play four fall tournaments with the Iverness Intercollegiate to follow this week's season-opening event. The Iverness is set for Sept. 23-24 in Toledo, Ohio. The Red Raiders will also compete in the Big 12 Match Play from Oct. 11-13 in Houston and then the Tavistock Collegiate (Oct. 20-22) in Orlando, Florida. Tech is coming off advancing to its 18th straight NCAA regional tournament appearance.
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