Texas Tech’s Men’s Golf Team Finishes 11th at NCAA Championship
Texas Tech Men’s Golf team finished up their last round of the year at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona on, Memorial day. The Red Raiders participated in the championship round and shot 5-over-par, which caused them to finish 33-over-par. The cut line to advance was 25-over-par and, only eight teams would move on to Tuesday. Going into Monday, the Red Raiders were in 13th place, which put them in a position to make the 15-team cutline.
Texas Tech sophomores Garrett Martin and Ludvig Aberg led the charge for the Red Raiders this past weekend. On Sunday, Martin shot 2-under and Aberg tallied a 69, which helped Tech advance into Monday’s 15-team play. Tech freshman Baard Skogen added 11 birdies on the course after a rough weekend leading up to Monday.
At one point, Tech led the golf championship tournament with a two-shot lead over Sam Houston State during Friday’s portion of the game match. The Red Raiders started the weekend off hot and continued that play until Monday. Before the NCAA Championships, Tech came into the weekend fresh off of winning the Albuquerque Regional.
Ludvig Aberg was the story for Texas Tech Golf Championship on Monday. Aberg would shoot four-under-par in the final round and 1-under for the whole tournament. Aberg’s play put him tied for 8th place out of all the golfers at the championship. In his final game match, he birdied three of the first five holes on the back-nine. Aberg would make par on his final four holes to secure him a podium spot. His final scorecard was 68-76-69-66. Aberg’s freshman year, he was ranked No. 39 in The World Amateur Golf Ranking after he capped off a victory at The Sun Bowl Classic. Aberg is rising as one of the top amateur golfers in the country with multiple top 10 finishes. He will be looking to take the Red Raiders back to the NCAA Championships.
Home to professional golfer Phil Mickelson, Arizona State, finished 1st in the stroke-play portion of the men’s golf championship tournament at 3-under. In contrast, Oklahoma State finished in 2nd at even-par after shooting 12-over on Monday. However, on the final Wednesday of the tournament, the No. 3 ranked Pepperdine Waves would outlast No. 4 Oklahoma in the match play final to secure their first National Championship since 1997.
The Red Raiders are in a good position, with Ludvig Aberg, Garrett Martin, and Baard Skogen set to return to Texas Tech next year for the 2022 season to make another run at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. As they advance, the Big 12 has five to seven schools in the country’s top 25 golf programs. Coach Greg Sands has gone all over the globe to get guys who can keep Tech’s golf program at the top, including Sweden and Sveio, Norway. Although looking towards next year the Red Raiders have a solid core of young and talented golfers, in 2022, this Texas Tech team might have what it takes to get to the top.
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By Campus Live Intern Jack Damon