LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech coach Greg Sands has announced an 11-tournament golf schedule for the 2019-20 men's golf season that includes trips to eight states and the Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders are coming off making their 18th straight NCAA appearance last season where they finished the year ranked No. 16 and are set to play four fall tournaments and six regular-season spring events leading into the 2020 postseason. The schedule includes two trips to California and Arizona along with tournaments in Hawaii, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Oklahoma and in-state events in Houston and College Station.
"This will definitely be a Top-10 schedule and we want to play against the best competition possible to prepare ourselves for the postseason," Sands said. "We are excited about our team for next season and I think our schedule is one that is challenging but will benefit us."
Texas Tech will open its season at The Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, California from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 for the ninth straight season. The Carmel Cup was ranked No. 1 by Golfweek with a 69.97 power rating for NCAA tournaments last season. The Red Raiders have finished in the top-3 at the tournament in two of the past three seasons, including finishing as the runner-up in 2017. The second fall tournament of the year takes the Red Raiders to Toledo, Ohio for the Iverness Intercollegiate from Sept. 23-24, followed by the second annual Big 12 Match Play from Oct. 11-13 at Houston Oaks Country Club in Houston. The Red Raiders competed at the inaugural event where they finished all-square with No. 2-ranked Oklahoma in the consolation round. Tech will then complete its fall schedule at the Tavistock Collegiate (Oct. 20-22) at the Isleworth Country Club in Orlando, Florida. The Red Raiders finished fourth in last year's Tavistock, led by Sandy Scott who finished 10th overall. The Tavistock Intercollegiate ranked No. 10 in the NCAA tournament last season.
The spring schedule begins once again with a trip to Hawaii where the Red Raiders will play at the Amer Ari in Kona, Hawaii. Tech finished sixth last year at the Waikoloa course that was rated No. 13 by Golfweek. A return trip to California has Tech competing at The Prestige on Feb. 17-19 at the PGA West Norman Course in Palm Springs, followed by playing the Southern Highlands Collegiate (March 1-3) at the Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada where they finished fourth last season. The Southern Highlands Collegiate ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek rankings.
Tech's first trip to Arizona has the Red Raiders competing in the Grand Canyon University Invitational from March 13-14 at the GCU Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona before returning to Texas to compete in College Station at the Aggie Invitational from April 4-5 at the Traditions Golf Course. The Aggie Invitational was canceled last season due to weather. Texas Tech will play its final regular season tournament back in Phoenix, Arizona at the Thunderbird Collegiate at the Papago Golf Course.
The Big 12 Championship returns to Oklahoma where the Red Raiders will compete at the Southern Hills Country Club from April 27-29 followed by the NCAA regional tournament. Scott finished fifth at last year's conference tournament as a junior to earn All-Tournament and All-Big 12 honors in an all-America season. The Red Raiders finished fifth overall at last year's tournament that was played in West Virginia before the team traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the program's 18th straight national postseason appearance.
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