The Big 12 Championships for M&W Golf and M&W Tennis get underway this weekend.
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Texas Tech's Big 12 title hopes will lie in the hands of four true freshmen and a junior as the Red Raiders tee off in the Big 12 Championships on Friday morning at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
Texas Tech will most likely field the youngest lineup in the three-day tournament that begins with an 8:45 a.m. tee time on Friday. It will mark the first time in the Greg Sands era at Texas Tech that the Red Raiders have taken four true freshmen to the Big 12 Championships.
"We are taking a really young team," said head coach Greg Sands. "We have four true freshmen that will be playing as unfortunately we have a couple of guys that are not making the trip due to suspension. These guys have played good and we have had this lineup and done well. Anytime you take some young guys like that, you really just have to wait and see. Clement (Sordet) has played well and is our number one player and a true freshman. He came off a good showing at the Aggie Invitational and Finley (Ewing IV) has been playing solid. In golf, you can really have two guys carry a team and that's what we need."
The Red Raiders have finished fourth in this event in each of the last two seasons and with a No. 47 national ranking, Texas Tech is almost assured of an NCAA Regional berth no matter the outcome. The NCAA Regionals begin on May 17 while the NCAA Championships tee off on May 29th at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Red Raiders will be the No. 6 seed this weekend and will be paired up with No. 5 seed Oklahoma on day one. Texas, the nation's No. 1 ranked team, will be the top seed at the Big 12 Championships followed by No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Baylor.
Completing Texas Tech's roster this weekend will be freshmen Clement Sordet, Matias Dominguez, Esteban Restrepo and Henry Todd along with junior Finley Ewing IV. Sordet leads the team with a 72.7 stroke average and has logged back-to-back Top 10 finishes and five overall.
The Big 12 Championship format will consist of 36 holes (rounds one and two) on Friday with 18 holes scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The 72-hole event will be played at Whispering Pines Golf Club for the fourth time and is being hosted by the University of Oklahoma. Whispering Pines is a par 72 course that covers 7,330 yards and opened in 2000.
"Whispering Pines is a good golf course," remarked Sands. "We are playing 72 holes which is different than our normal format where we play 54. Whispering Pines will separate the good teams from the bad teams so we are not going to play on a course that will sneak up on anyone. You have to be solid to the green and on the greens as well. It favors the teams that are the best teams and that's what you want is a true champion."
Live scoring of the three-day event will be available at golfstat.com while texastech.com will be on site for daily coverage.
2012 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dates: April 27-29 (Friday-Sunday)
Location: Trinity, Texas
Course: Whispering Pines Golf Club
Tournament Host: Oklahoma
2011 Champion: Oklahoma State
2011 Medalist: Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State
Format: The 2012 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship will consist of 72 holes; 36 played on Friday, 18 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Five players represent each school; the lowest four scores count toward the team total for each round.