Southwest: Texas Tech takes big lead

Nils Floren of Texas Tech during the 2009 USF Invitational at Lake Jovita.
Nils Floren of Texas Tech during the 2009 USF Invitational at Lake Jovita.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The five top seeds at the NCAA Men’s Southwest Regional were all within the top 5 at the end of first-round play.

Texas Tech has a nine-shot lead over Texas. Tech shot a 2-under 282 to set the pace, while Texas (291) and Florida (293) rounded out the top 3.

Top-seeded Stanford (294) is fourth. Fifth-seeded UNLV is in a tie for fifth with Lamar at 12-over 296.

Lamar’s Hugues Joannes and Texas’s Lance Lopez shared the individual lead with 3-under 68s. Both players had six birdies and three bogeys.

Texas Tech had four players in the top 6, including sophomore Nils Floren (pictured) who is in a tie for third after a 1-under 70.

Florida senior Billy Horschel, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is tied for ninth after a 1-over 72.

Just 18 shots separate second-place Texas and 12th-place New Mexico State.