Texas Tech grabs 2nd win of season at Inverness Intercollegiate
Texas Tech's Andy Lopez (Texas Tech Athletics photo)
Texas Tech followed up its season-opening Carmel Cup win with another team title on Tuesday at the Inverness Intercollegiate. It puts Texas Tech in elite company early in this season as a team that has garnered two wins.
Texas Tech won on the strength of a final-round 12-under 272, which was at least seven shots better than any other team in the final round. It left the Red Raiders at 4 over for the tournament.
Junior Andy Lopez secured a co-championship at 2-under par for 54 holes at the Inverness Club.
Lopez, who played the tournament as an individual and was coming off a third-place finish at the Carmel Cup, earned the first collegiate win of his career after shooting rounds of 73-68-70 with 12 birdies during the tournament to match Michigan State's James Piot for the title.
"I'm so happy for Andy," Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "He is a coach's dream. He was not making the line-up much last year and he really went to work hard the summer and hasn't stopped the hit streak. His length and his solid putting are so good and consistent that he can play any course well. We made a last-minute decision, to play him in the individual spot and he won the tournament. He is a team player and never complained about things and went out and won. These are the things that keep me coaching. I can't say enough about how much I love this kid and I'm so happy for his hard work paying off."
Tennessee fired a final-round 5-over 289 to finish at 12 over. That was one better than Notre Dame, which won its opening tournament, the Windon Memorial, earlier this month.
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