College golf: Texas Tech's Hurly Long breaks Pebble Beach record, wins Carmel Cup
MONTEREY, Calif. — Texas Tech golfer Hurly Long broke the Pebble Beach course record on Saturday, then completed a memorable weekend on Sunday by winning the Carmel Cup in a playoff.
Long, a senior from Mannheim, Germany, beat Oklahoma State's Hayden Wood on the first playoff hole after both finished 54 holes at 19 under par, six shots clear of the field. Long shot rounds of 69, 61 and 67 for a Texas Tech record three-round score.
Down by one going into the turn on Sunday, Long birdied holes 11, 13, 15 and 18 to force the playoff. His sizzling tournament helped Texas Tech finish second behind No. 1 Oklahoma State in the eight-team field. The Red Raiders finished ahead of No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Oklahoma, the defending NCAA champion.
Texas Tech sophomore Sandy Scott (69-67-71) placed 10th at 9-under, and last year's Carmel Cup medalist Fredrik Nihlen (71-69-69) tied for 13th at 8-under.
On Saturday, Long's 61 broke Tom Kite's Pebble Beach record, making 10 birdies, a bogey and an eagle on the par-5 No. 6. Long tied for lowest round by a Tech golfer with Finley Ewing, who shot 61 at the 2012 Royal Oaks International. Kite shot 62 at Pebble Beach in the Saturday round of the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.
"A course like this, to have one of our guys come in here and break Tom Kite's course record is phenomenal," Tech coach Greg Sands said. "This is easily one of the best, if not the best, days I have seen from a player in my 17 years of coaching."
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