Ludvig Aberg’s college golf season ended almost four weeks ago, but his scorching year of play continues unabated.
The Texas Tech star shot 10 under 61 in Thursday’s second round of the Amateur European Championship in France, taking advantage of calm conditions, soft greens and favorite lies after the recent heavy rains that saturated the course of the Châteaux du Golf du Médoc.
The 61 is the lowest round ever recorded there, but only an unofficial record as players are able to lift, clean and place their ball.
Aberg has the lowest par score after 36 holes in the tournament’s 35-year history. He is under 16 and leads by two strokes halfway through the 72-hole event whose former champions include Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
“I was very happy with the way I played today,” Aberg said, according to the European Golf Association’s website. “It was just one of those days. Everything felt right, everything went my way and that’s what you need to do to shoot a 61.”
Aberg, with his caddy father, played without a bogey for two laps and touched all but two greens in regulation.
“We made some good decisions, me and my dad,” Aberg said of his iron game. “So it was kind of one shot at a time and they ended up getting pretty close to the hole.”
Aberg is # 3 in the most recent world amateur golf ranking and # 1 among European players. The 6-foot-3 Swede has just completed his sophomore year at Texas Tech, finishing tied for eighth and leading the Red Raiders tied for 11th in the NCAA Championship tournament. He shot three of his four rounds in the 1960s in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Aberg has not finished worse than eighth in nine of his last 11 stroke play events.
He still has work to do to win another title.
Christoffer Bring (64-64) of Denmark is 14-minus after making 17 birdies the first two days, and Joel Moscatel (64-67) of Spain is next at 11-min.
Markus Braadlie, who recently transferred to central Florida after playing for the Red Raiders for the past three years, is tied for fifth at under 9.
Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas, a Norwegian Junior Tech, is 12th after shooting 67-68. Alejandro Pedryc, a Polish tech freshman, is tied for 49th after 70 consecutive years.
There are 32 European countries represented out of 144 starters.
Former Wayland Baptist and Texas Tech long-distance runner Benard Keter will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at 6:42 p.m. CDT Friday at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Keter, NAIA National Champion at Wayland and four-time Big 12 Champion at Tech, won his obstacle course earlier this week at Hayward Field.
The Kenyan, currently a candidate for the US Army’s World Class Athletes Program, is one of 11 current or former athletes from the region vying on Friday to try to win spots on the US team for the upcoming Olympics from Tokyo.
Four of those athletes will compete in the long jump qualifying rounds at 3:30 p.m. CDT: Lubbock native Marquise Goodwin, recent former tech stars Charles Brown and Justin Hall and former South Plains College jumper Jarvis Gotch.
Trey Culver, two-time NCAA Champion for Tech, competes in the high jump qualifying round at 5 p.m. CDT. Duke Kicinski, an NCAA champion for the Red Raiders two years ago on record, was scheduled to make the qualifying round Thursday night, hoping to advance to the final at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Friday.
Among those scheduled for the race events on Friday are Andrew Hudson of Tech and Fred Kerley of SPC in the 200-meter at 4:04 p.m. and Robert Dunning of SPC in the 110-meter hurdles at 4:33 p.m. Kerley made the US team Sunday in the 100-meter. .
Texas A&M second baseman Ty Coleman, a former Midland Lee winner, has announced his intention to move to Texas Tech.
Coleman has played 42 games as a junior this season, starting 31 for an Aggie team who went 29-27, 9-21 in the Southeastern Conference. He produced .246 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.
He started in 51 of 56 games in 2019, hitting .241 with five homers and 33 RBIs. He played 10 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, reaching 0.250 with five RBIs.
Ty Coleman is a son of David Coleman, who played at Monterey and Lubbock Christian University and coached at Vernon College, Texas A&M, UT-San Antonio, Lubbock High, and Midland College.