Texas Tech made a roar by shooting 7-under-par in the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate on Tuesday, but finished third overall with Southern Cal surviving to hold on to win the team title by three strokes at the Southern Highlands Golf Club. Individually, freshman Ludvig Aberg recorded the best showing of his career with an eighth-place finishing at 4-under while Sandy Scott and Kyle Hogan finished at even-par and tied for 16th.
The No. 5 Red Raiders had the low-team round to close out the tournament at even-par (295-288-281 – 864) with No. 8 Texas rallying down the stretch to claim runner-up at 1-under. The Trojans, ranked No. 36 coming into the event, led the tournament at 6-under going into the final round before finishing at 3-under for the championship at 287-283-291 – 861. The Longhorns were at 3-under entering the final round before posting a 284 on Tuesday to finish to back of Southern Cal.
Texas sophomore Parker Coody won the individual championship in a playoff over USC's Xuxin Lin after they had tied at 8-under. Coody, who birdied his final hole to force the playoff hole, earned an exemption into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which will take place Oct. 8-11, 2020, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
Aberg recorded his first top-10 finish of the season after shooting his 4-under with a 73-68-71 – 212 scorecard, while Hogan and Scott finished at even-par after the completion of three rounds in Vegas. A freshman from Sweden, Aberg played a near flawless tournament with 36 pars and eight birdies during the three days. He followed a round of 4-under on Monday with a final-round 1-under with four birdies and only three bogeys. Scott carded a 75-70-71 – 216 during the three-day event and Hogan finished with his 216 with rounds of 72-75-69. Scott was at 1-under in his final round where he made five birdies, while Hogan shot 3-under in Tuesday's final round five birdies and only two bogeys. A senior from Scotland, Scott led the tournament with 16 birdies during the three rounds with Hogan finishing with 12 birdies in Vegas.
Andy Lopez finished the tournament at 5-over (75-75-71 – 221) and Markus Braadlie shot 8-over (78-76-70 – 224. Braadlie was 2-under in his final round with seven birdies, two bogeys and eight pars. He fell back with a triple bogey on the par 5, 579-yard No. 9 hole. Lopez also had his best round of the event by shooting 1-under on Tuesday with a clean round that included four birdies, three bogeys and 11 pars.
No. 26 Florida finished six back of the Red Raiders for fourth place followed by No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 22 UCLA which were both at 9-over for the tournament for fifth. No. 2 Oklahoma shot 10-over for seventh with No. 10 SMU and No. 16 Georgia tying for eighth (13-over) and No. 3 Georgia Tech rounding out the top-10 with a 14-over.
The Southern Highlands Collegiate was the third of a six-tournament spring schedule that will lead into the Big 12 Championship on April 27-29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Red Raiders will return from Nevada to compete at the Grand Canyon Invitational from March 13-14 in Phoenix, Arizona before playing at the Aggie Invitational (April 4-5) in College Station.