Men's fall countdown: No. 25 Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 25 Texas Tech:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Texas Tech Red Raiders
Preseason rank: 25
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 35
2013-14 in review: The Red Raiders hit their stride near the end of the season, winning at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, and going on to finish second at the Big 12 Championship and sixth at the NCAA Raleigh (N.C.) Regional. Texas Tech has a solid core of players, but did not have a dominant player, as Clement Sordet led the team with two individual top-five finishes.
Notable departures: None
Key returnees: Clement Sorbet, Esteban Restrepo, Matias Dominguez, Henry Todd and Hannes Ronneblad
Newcomers of note: Freshmen Guillermo Pereira and Wes Artac
Circled on the fall calendar: The Carmel Cup, Aug. 29-31, Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Fall outlook: Head coach Greg Sands brings back all of his key pieces, and then some. He expects rookies Guillermo Pereira and Wes Artac to step in and provide immediate depth. Sands said that Pereira, who ranks No. 10 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, could be the best player on the team if he plays to his potential. The Red Raiders will have firepower with the experienced Clement Sordet and the return of Hannes Ronneblad, who started to heat up at the end of the year last season.
Coach's perspective: "We made the match play in 2010 and I had a good sense for that team. I think this team can be as good as that 2010 team. If we play good at the right time, we can make the match play." - Sands