Lubbock Regional: Texas Tech, Cal’s Limbhasut take leads


TOP TEAM: Texas Tech (16-under 552)

TOP INDIVIDUAL: K.K. Limbhasut, California (8-under 134)

IN POSITION: Texas (555), Duke (558), Houston (561), Southeastern Louisiana (564) and Louisville (564)

CHASING: Auburn (565), California (566) and Purdue (568)

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LOTS OF RED: After Thursday’s first round of the NCAA Lubbock (Texas) Regional, Texas Tech was a little disappointed that it didn’t take better advantage of its home course, trailing top-seeded Texas by five shots through 18 holes on The Rawls Course.

So Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands provided a little reminder.

“They aren’t handing out trophies right now,” Sands said after Thursday’s opening round.

A day later, after carding a second-round 10-under 274 to take a three-shot lead, the Red Raiders, ranked 11th by Golfweek, were in better spirits.

“We cleaned up some of the simple mistakes and the guys played efficiently,” Sands said. “They battled. … It was a lot more fun out there today.”

Freshman Guillermo Pereira led the way in Round 2 with a 4-under 67 while senior Matias Dominguez added a 68. Another senior, Clement Sordet, fired a 69 to climb into a share of third at 6 under, and another freshman, Wes Artac, was also under par Friday (70).

Texas Tech has finished second or better in its last three starts, including posting a victory at the Lone Star Invitational on March 24. Playing on its home course and with the lead through 36 holes, Texas Tech is in good position to stretch that streak to four.

“If I have more fun (Saturday) than I had today, then it’ll be a great day,” Sands said.

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A FRESH FACE ATOP LEADERBOARD: There are several talented freshmen in the field this week, including Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim of Texas, Ben Schlottman of Auburn, Adam Wood of Duke and Guillermo Pereira of Texas Tech.

However, only one freshman finds himself atop the leaderboard through 36 holes at The Rawls Course: K.K. Limbhasut of Cal.

Limbhasut followed up an opening 5-under 66 with a second-round 68 to move to 8-under 134, a shot better than Duke’s Turner Southey-Gordon. The Bears’ freshman was even par through eight holes Friday before six birdies in his next nine holes pushed him into the lead.

It’s not the first time the Loma Linda, Calif., product has played well in the Lonestar State this season. He won the Aggie Invitational on April 5, one of four finishes of T-6 or better in his last six events.

While Limbhasut climbed the individual leaderboard, Cal dropped three spots to eighth in the team standings. The Bears shot 3 over as a team and are 2 under overall, two shots out of fifth place.

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SHORT SHOTS: Louisville and Southeastern Louisiana, ranked 44th and 58th by Golfweek, respectively, share fifth place after good rounds Friday. Louisville shot 3-under 281 while Southeastern Louisiana posted a 279. … Auburn is a shot back of Louisville and Southeastern Louisiana despite an off-round from its top-ranked player Matt Gilchrest. The Tigers didn’t count Gilchrest’s 5-over 76 as part of its 1-over 285 Friday. … Heavy rains overnight Thursday pushed Friday’s second round back four and a half hours. The second round didn’t begin until 12:30 p.m. Central.

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