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Mar. 18, 1997

Red Raider Golfers Play in Border Olympics

Tech one of 15 teams to tackle the Laredo Country Club Course Saturday and Sunday

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech and 13 other men's golf teams hope to prevent the Arkansas Razorbacks from claiming a sixth straight title at the 45th Border Olympics this Saturday and Sunday in Laredo, Texas.

The Border Olympics, hosted by Texas A&M, is the nation's second oldest college tournament. The 54-hole event over the par-72, 7,125-yard Laredo Country Club course begins with 36 holes on Saturday and concludes with the final round 18 holes on Sunday.

The Red Raiders are one of 15 teams in the field that includes five-time defending champion Arkansas as well as Big 12 teams Baylor, Kansas, and Texas A&M. Jackson State, Kent State, Minnesota, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Southwest Texas State, Southwestern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas-Arlington are also slated to compete.

"I was not pleased with our last outing, and the team was certainly not happy with the finish," said Texas Tech head coach Tommy Wilson of the Red Raiders' 15th-place finish at the Louisiana Classics Golf Tournament March 10-11. "Our team will be out to show that they can compete and compete from start to finish.

"This will be a pivotal tournament for us this spring. With this tournament being a six-man team event, it will allow us to use an extra player and hopefully find a solid fourth and fifth man for the remainder of our schedule."

Tech's Bryan Novoa won his second of three individual crowns last season with rounds of 70-71-70 for a five-under par 211. Arkansas claimed its fifth consecutive team title with a three-round total of 860 in 1996.

The tournament began in 1952. Past individual champions include Dan January (1953), Butch Baird (1956), Phil Rodgers (1958), Charles Coody (1959), Rik Massengale (1968), Tom Kite (1970), Ben Crenshaw (1971, '72, '73), Keith Fergus (1975), Phil Blackmar (1977) and Bob Estes (1988).

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