EL MACERO, California – Texas Tech junior Sandy Scott birdied his final hole to earn the first individual tournament championship of his career and help lead the Red Raiders to the El Macero Classic team championship on Sunday at the El Macero Country Club.
Scott finished the 54-hole tournament at 3-under-par after making a birdie on the par 5 No. 18 hole to edge out teammate Ivan Ramirez who claimed tournament runner-up at 2-under along with Cal State Fullerton's Matt Wilson. Kyle Hogan completed the 54-hole tournament in sixth place at even-par, while Jansen Smith and Markus Braadlie helped Tech to the team championship.
Texas Tech finished the tournament at 299-274-291 – 864 (even-par), while Oregon State finished as the runner-up at 291-285-294 – 870 (6-over), followed by Fullerton (871), San Francisco (875) and Nevada (876). The El Macero Classic was the final regular-season event for the Red Raiders who will now play at the Big 12 Conference Championship in two weeks in West Virginia.
A Scotland native, Scott is the first Red Raider to win an individual title since Fredrik Nilehnwon the Lampkins Classic and Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate during the 2017-18 season. Texas Tech also won the Desert Classic earlier this season in Palm Desert, California and have now won two tournaments in a season for the first time since 2016-17 and 21 overall.
Scott, who is ranked No. 16 in the nation, won the tournament at 75-66-72 –213 for the first title of his career, while Ramirez claimed second after carding a 73-68-73 – 214 for the Red Raiders. Scott made three birdies on the day – 10 in the tournament – including posting the birdie on his final hole to win the tournament and avoid the three-player playoff. Ramirez had 12 birdies in the tournament with three coming in the final 18 holes. Scott was coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at the Lake Charles Invitational and has now finished in the top-5 of four of seven tournament this season. Ramirez's second-place show is his top finish of the season and gives him four top-10 results in his senior year while Hogan has three top-10 showings as a sophomore.
Hogan secured the sixth-place showing after recoding six birdies in his final round and had a final scorecard of 76-68-72 – 216 for the Red Raiders. Smith would finish 29th overall (77-72-74 – 223) and Braadlie was 41st at 75-76-75 – 226. Tech finished the three-day event leading the 15-team field with 48 birdies and 173 pars to claim the championship.
Texas Tech will now head to the Big 12 Conference Championships on April 26-28 in at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Tech has won two regular-season titles this season and also had two runner-up showings. The Red Raiders are currently ranked No. 10 in the nation in the GolfStat rankings going into the postseason.