PEBBLE BEACH, California – The Carmel Cup trophies are coming back to Lubbock.
Texas Tech senior Sandy Scott shot 14-under-par for a one-stroke individual championship and the Red Raiders were at 16-under on Sunday to complete a comeback for the team title at season-opening tournament at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Scott closed out the win by shooting 7-under in the final round without a bogey. Andy Lopez finished tied for third at 11-under for the weekend, while Kyle Hogan (5-under) and Jansen Smith (1-under) finished in the top-20 for the Red Raiders who claimed their 22nd tournament victory under head coach Greg Sands.
Tech, which trailed Oklahoma by nine strokes after the opening round on Friday, made its move on Saturday by shooting 17-under and closed out its first win at The Carmel Cup at 35-under (358-344-343 – 1045). The Red Raiders were followed by Oklahoma (29-under) and Arkansas (28-under) to begin the 2019-20 season.
Scott, who will now travel to play in at the Walker Cup from Sept. 7-8, earned his second career victory after shooting 70-67-65 – 202. His three-round total of 14-under edged out Arkansas' Julian Perico who finished second at 13-under after shooting a final-round 67 on Sunday. Scott is a Golfweek Preseason All-America selection who won the El Macero Classic last season for his first tournament victory. He was 4-under on the front 9 to start Sunday's round and finished the 54-hole tournament with 19 birdies.
He joins Fredrik Nilehn (2016) and Hurly Long (2017) as Red Raiders to win the individual championship at The Carmel Cup.
Lopez began his junior season with the third-place finish after shooting 71-65-69 – 205 for the Red Raiders, while Hogan claimed 13th with a scorecard that read 72-69-70 – 211. Smith led the tournament with 41 pars, while freshman Ludvig Aberg recorded 40 pars and finished his first collegiate event at 72-73-74 – 219. He tied for 28th with sophomore Markus Braadlie who carded 79-71-69 – 219. Braadlie recorded his low-round for the tournament on Sunday after making five birdies, including three on the front 9.
For the weekend, Texas Tech led the tournament at 13-under on par 3s with a 2.82 scoring average and also on par 4s with a 3.99 average. The Red Raiders made 67 birdies as a team and were second in the eight-team tournament with 217 pars.
Aberg and Scott were named to the Golf Channel's Preseason Haskins Award Watch List earlier in the day before the start of their round. Scott remained on the Haskins Award Watch List throughout last season, while Aberg gained recognition to propel himself onto the list as a freshman with a strong showing at the U.S. Amateur Championship. He is currently at No. 40 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings after the event. Scott will travel to play in the Walker Cup from Sept. 7-8 at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, United Kingdom.
The Red Raiders will return to competition after Pebble Beach from Sept. 23-24 at the Iverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio to play in their second of four fall tournaments.
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