Skogen and the Red Raiders fail at the Amer Ari Invitational | Sports

The Texas Tech men’s golf team opened its spring season short of a team and individual championship at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waimea, Hawaii, which began Thursday and ended Saturday.

Sophomore Baard Skogen finished second in the tournament with a strong performance throughout, but in the second and third rounds he parted from the field.

Sophomore Baard Skogen finished second in the tournament, leading fellow junior Ludvig Aberg, junior Garrett Martin, rookie Callum Scott and senior Andy Lopez held the tournament lead throughout the final round,

Skogen held the tournament lead until the final round, when Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra’s eagle on his 18th hole was enough to topple the Red Raiders.

Skogen had four straight birdies early in the third round, but the second failed to score below par on his final seven holes of the round, helping Oklahoma State win the tournament.

Tech’s second round of the tournament was close to setting a record as the Red Raiders fired 267 goals that day as a team, which was one shot away from tying the schedule record for the most round low, according to Tech Athletics. The record of 266 was set during the 2015 iteration of the Amer Ari Invitational.

Martin, Aberg and Skogen were three under after the ninth hole of the first round, while Lopez was two under at that point.

Aberg finished his first round at (-3) while Skogen finished one stroke off the tournament lead at (-6). Skogen had an early eagle and collected seven first-round birdies.

The Red Raiders’ second round included holding the absolute lead in the individual and team standings.

Skogen had four consecutive birdies, giving him the absolute lead at (-13). He collected seven birdies in the day while having only one bogey.

Aberg had a slow start to the round but came down to (-4) on the day and (-9) in the tournament with three straight birdies at the end of his round.

Tech allowed everyone to finish the day in the top 28 of the tournament and finished the day as the best team in the tournament at (-36).

The Red Raiders created a separation in the final round of the tournament as at the turn of the 9th hole they held a six-stroke lead after holding a one-stroke lead at the end of the second round.

Skogen was chased by teammate Martin and Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra throughout the day.

Lopez-Chacarra tied Skogen at (-17) in the third round. Lopez-Chacarra was 17 holes in when he caught Skogen.

Lopez-Chacarra scored an eagle on his 18th hole, giving him and the Cowboys the absolute lead in the individual and team tournaments.

Skogen couldn’t rally to tie and force the playoffs, and the Red Raiders fell in one fell swoop.

The Red Raiders will be in action again at the Prestige in La Quinta, Calif., from Monday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 23.