Southwest: Texas Tech takes big lead

Southwest: Texas Tech takes big lead

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Southwest: Texas Tech takes big lead

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.

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