EL MACERO, California – Texas Tech's Sandy Scottand Ivan Ramirez are the individual leaders at the El Macero Classic and the No. 10-ranked Red Raiders shot up to the top in the team standings after posting a 14-under-par total on Saturday in the second round of the El Macero Country Club.
Texas Tech started the day in sixth place, but will go into Sunday's final round in the lead at 17-under after Scott, Ramirez and Kyle Hogan each shot sub-70 rounds and Jansen Smithfinished at even-par during the second round that pushed the Red Raiders into the lead. Tech is at 299-274 – 573 (3-under), followed by Cal State Fullerton (297-278 – 575), Oregon State (576) and the first-round leaders UC Davis which will go into the final round in fourth at 2-over.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. (CST) on Sunday in El Macero, California.
Scott and Ramirez are both at 3-under through 36 of 54 holes, while Hogan is in 10th at even-par. A junior from Scotland, Scott started the day in 25th and goes into Sunday with a card of 75-66 –141 while Ramirez is at his 141 total with a two-day card of 73-68. Scott rocketed up the leaderboard with seven birdies on Saturday, including going 4-under on the front-9 before making three birdies on the back with one bogey. His round of 66 was his third best of the season after posting a 64 and 65 two weeks ago at the Lake Charles Invitational where he finished as the runner-up. Ramirez, who was in 13th to start the second round, shot a 68 on Saturday with six birdies while Hogan moved up the leaderboard with five birdies and one bogey on in his second round. Hogan is currently in 8th, while Jansen Smith (77-72 – 149) is in 37th and Markus Braadlie (75-76 – 151) is 43rd.
A trio of opponents are lurking one shot behind Scott and Ramirez at 2-under, while four more are at 1-under. Thomas Hutchison (UC Davis), Sean Kato (Oregon State) and Soren Lind (San Francisco) are each one shot behind the leaders going into Sunday's final round. Ramirez leads the Red Raiders with nine birdies through the first two rounds, while Scott has seven and Smith and Hogan have six through 36 holes. Hogan and Scott lead Tech with 25 pars heading into the final round.
This weekend's tournament will lead into the Big 12 Conference Championships on April 26-28 in at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.