PREVIEW: New Haven Regional – Texas Tech Red Raiders

LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 8 Texas Tech is set to play in the New Haven Regional at the Yale Golf Club beginning on Monday in New Haven, Connecticut. The Red Raiders will be represented at the regional by Ludwig Aberg, Baard Skogen, Andy Lopez, Calum Scott, Sandy Scott and Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas at the three-day, 54-hole tournament.

“We’ve been playing really consistent,” Texas Tech coach Greg Sand said. “We aren’t where everyone is clicking on all cylinders, but we did that last year in Albuquerque. I think we’re starting to feel some of those vibes and play sharp. The guys know what it is to win and that is a big advantage. We aren’t trying to convince that they can win a regional. They’ve done it. Golf is a mental game and that is going to be an advantage. “

Pairings and tee times will be announced this weekend.

Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Arizona State and The Thunderbirds are the hosts for the 2022 championships. Tech won the 2021 Albuquerque Regional last season and also won the 2010 South Central Regional in College Station. The Red Raiders have advanced to 13 NCAA Championships, including last season where the team finished 11th in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Red Raiders are competing in the program’s 20th straight NCAA men’s golf tournament and are the second seed at the regional site where they will be going up against No. 5 North Carolina which is the top seed at the regional along with No. 17 Wake Forest, no. 19 Illinois, no. 28 North Carolina State, Charlotte, North Florida, Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, Virginia, UCF, Seton Hall, Yale and Sacred Heart. This will be the third regional tournament for Sandy Scottsecond for Aberg, Lopez and Skogen and the first for Calum Scott and Meen Fosaas.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted next week throughout the country. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of the three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The top five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. Regional play is considered preliminary rounds of the NCAA championships competition and all national championship policies apply.

Aberg is coming off winning the individual title at the Big 12 Championship and has led the Red Raiders throughout the season where he is currently at No. 2 in the Golfstat individual rankings, no. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and No. 4 in the Golfweek collegiate ratings. A junior from Eslov, Sweden, Aberg is a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award and on the watchlist for the Haskins Award along with earning a spot in the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup. He finished eighth at the NCAA Championship last season to earn all-America honors. Skogen is at No. 40 in the Golfweek rankings, no. 42 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 55 in the WAGR.

Sandy Scott is playing in his third regional after also competing in the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Regional tournaments. He missed last season’s regional as he was recovering from an injury. Sandy Scott is the most experienced player on the team, playing in his sixth season and with 42 stroke play events. He is a two-time All-American and has won two tournaments. The regional will be his fifth tournament this season after overcoming the injury that had him out last Spring and this Fall. His younger brother, Calum, has played in 10 tournaments as a freshman and currently has a 72.8 stroke average and one top-10 finish.

The Red Raiders are heading into the NCAA postseason at No. 8 in the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings and are at No. 7 in the Bushnell / Golfweek Coaches Poll. Tech finished fourth at the 2022 Big 12 Championship after shooting 3-under as a team in the 54-hole event that was won by No. 1 Oklahoma at -14.

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