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May 17--COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Texas Tech went into the last round of the NCAA Columbus Regional golf tournament as the last team inside the cut line to advance to nationals.
The Red Raiders played like a team with nothing to worry about, even in rainy conditions at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.
Adam Bloome shot 2-under 69, Sandy Scott carded a 1-under 70 and Hurly Long a 71 as Tech tied for the day's best team score, advancing to the NCAA finals with seven shots to spare. The top five teams earned national berthsl, and Tech started and ended the day in fifth, though by a wider margin.
"These guys have played well all year the last round," Tech coach Greg Sands said. "And that's a good thing when you've got guys who can finish. Obviously, we need to clean up first rounds. That's been an issue for us. It was an issue this week.
"But the team's resilient. It's probably the most resilient team I've ever coached in 17 years, so they came out with a mission today and got it done."
The NCAA finals will be a 30-team event May 25-30 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. That allows a little more time for Fredrik Nilehn, the Red Raiders' national third-ranked player, to come back to form from a lower-back injury.
Playing his first tournament in two months, the senior from Sweden shot 78, 73 and 75 this week on the Ohio State Scarlet Course.
"He's focused Freddie now," Sands said. "I can tell he's frustrated that he didn't play well, and normally that's a good sign, because I think he's feeling good enough to swing it as hard as he needs to. This week was an unknown for him, so I think that was hard for him to let go, but at the same there's a lot of good things."
The other Red Raiders picked up the slack. Long, who started the school year shooting a course-record 61 at Pebble Beach in early September, shot 70, 70 and 71 in the regional to tie for fourth place individually.
Blomme, another Swede who transferred in this year from Odessa College, and Scott, a sophomore from Scotland, both came through with their low rounds of the tournament on the last 18 holes.
Bloome tied for seventh.
"This is his first experience here," Sands said. "For him to handle it that way is obviously huge. He's super talented. He hits it a long way, farthest on the team, so that helped out here when it got wet, and he had some advantages on some par-5s.
"He's hungry, he wants more and any time you get that play out of your fifth guy, it's a bonus."
Scott played the first 27 holes in 15-over, then rallied to play the last 27 in 2-under with six birdies.
"He allowed me to coach him the last two rounds," Sands said, "and he really found something on the second nine yesterday."
Tech advanced to the NCAA finals for the 12th time, the eighth under Sands. The Red Raiders' best finishes were tied for fifth in 2010 as a match-play quarterfinalist at Ootelwah, Tennessee, and tied for seventh in 1959 at Eugene, Oregon.
NCAA COLUMBUS REGIONAL
at Ohio State Scarlet Course
Wednesday's Final-Round Results
Note: Low five teams (x) and low individual not part of those teams (y) advance to NCAA finals May 25-30 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Team totals: 1. x-Oklahoma State, 281-278-285-844; 2. x-Illinois, 284-278-290-852; 3. x-Nevada-Las Vegas, 282-293-292-867; 4. x-Northwestern, 292-291-285-868, 5. x-Texas Tech, 297-288-285-870.
6. Penn State, 293-295-289-877; 7. Michigan State, 303-290-291-884; 8. Wake Forest, 299-296-292-887; 9. Louisville, 300-306-292-898; 10. (tie) Tennessee, 306-298-296-900, Jacksonville, 300-301-299-900, 12. Yale, 312-302-300-914; 13. Cleveland State, 309-310-310-929.
Medalist: 1. y-Kyle Mueller, Michigan, 73-69-66-208; 2. (tie) Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State, 70-69-71-210, Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State, 71-68-71-210; 4. (tie) Nick Hardy, Illinois, 71-68-72-211; Ryan Lumsden, Northwestern, 75-70-66-211; Hurly Long, Texas Tech, 70-70-71-211;.
Other Texas Tech participants: 7. (tie) Adam Blomme, 73-70-69-212; 43. (tie) Fredrik Nilehn, 78-73-75-226; Sandy Scott, 81-75-70-226; 59. Ivan Ramirez, 76-77-78-231.
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