LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 9 Texas Tech men’s golf team kicks off its Carmel Cup season this weekend at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. TTU won the 2019 Carmel Cup team championship with a shot below 35, including a final round of sixteen to flee with the title.

The Red Raiders will be represented in the opening tournament of the season by Ludvig Aberg, Kyle Hogan, Garrett Martin, Beard Skogen, Calum Scott i Alejandro Pedryc and reach number 9 of the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches survey on preseason next year. Hogan and Aberg are the only Texas Tech players to be champions of the 2019 tournament. TTU comes out of its appearance in 19 consecutive NCAA tournaments, where it won the NCAA Albuquerque Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship.

TTU head coach Greg Sands begins his 21c season leading the program. He has led the program to nine NCAA Championship appearances, 19 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and 25 tournament wins.

Pebble Beach Golf Links will play a par-72 and 6,828-yard challenge for players this weekend. The pairings will be announced later this week and will be posted on Golfstat. Three Red Raiders have won the individual Carmel Cup title Sandy Scott (2019), Hurly Long (2017) and Fredrik Nilehn (2016) winning the championship. The 54-hole tournament is scheduled for Friday-Sunday with one round a day.

Aberg won honors across America as a sophomore and entered his junior season at No. 3 in the amateur golf world rankings and at the top of the top Golf Channel players on the national roster. A native of Sweden, Aberg won two collegiate tournaments last season and finished eightth individually in the NCAA national tournament before finishing as runner-up in the European Amateur Championship this season. Aberg finished in the top 10 in 9-of-11 tournaments played last season, including winners of The Prestige and Thunderbird Collegiate. He finished fourth in the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Albuquerque Regional before shooting 1-under in four rounds in the national tournament to win 8th and earn honors throughout America. Aberg finished 28thth to three in the 2019 Carmel Cup in their first collegiate tournament.

Hogan won honors across America in the 2019-2020 shortened season and comes a year where he was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 award and the all-time athlete of the year. Hogan won the Maridoe Collegiate last season to start the season and earned an exemption from playing in the Houston Open. Hogan shot 5 below and finished 13thth overall at the 2019 Carmel Cup. Martin begins his junior season after a strong sophomore year where he finished with an average of 72.4. Born in San Antonio, Martin last season recorded four rankings among the top ten, highlighted by a third-place finish at the George Hannon Collegiate in Austin and then finishing ninth at the Thunderbird Collegiate. He won 10th in the NCAA Alquerque Regional shooting 6 minors.

Skogen is a sophomore who played in 13 tests as a freshman. A native of Norway, Skogen averaged 73.6 rounds last season and scored 15th in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional, where he shot 4 players. He finished the season with four rounds in the 60s, highlighted by a 5 under, 67 in the final round of the Aggie Invitational to climb to 12th in the tournament standings. Scott and Pedryc will debut with Red Raider. Pedryc is a Polish freshman freshman, while Scott is a real freshman from Scotland who is the younger brother of Sandy Scott.

The Red Raiders will compete against No. 2 in the state of Oklahoma, No. 6 in Vanderbilt, No. 7 in Oklahoma, RV TCU, No. 14 in Georgia, No. 19 in Arkansas and the state of Mississippi this weekend in Pebble Beach. OSU ranks No. 2 in the Bushnell / Golfweek coaches preseason poll after making it to the NCAA Championship semifinals last season, while Vanderbilt is No. 6 and Oklahoma is No. 7 in the poll for turn this weekend into a tournament with four teams in the top-10.

Texas Tech plans to play four tournaments this fall, including the Maridoe tournament, Blessings Collegiate and Big 12 Match Play after opening this weekend in Pebble Beach. The Red Raiders won the 2019 Big Match Match.

NOTE: TTU’s Hurly Long broke the Pebble Beach field record by shooting a 61 in the second round of the then tournament winner in a playoff in 2017. Long, who shot 69-61-67 (-14) to win the tournament, he competed in the Tokyo Olympics this summer where he represented his home country, Germany. Sandy Scott, who is still working due to a wrist injury, will not play this week. He is the 2019 individual champion in the Carmel Cup, where he finished at 14 with a final round of 65 (7 minors) to help lead the team to the team title.

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