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April 9, 1997

Texas Tech Travels to All-America Intercollegiate

Houston Invitational is Final Event Before Big 12 Championship

HOUSTON - The Texas Tech University men's golf team will be one of 16 teams, including five Big 12 Conference squads, to participate in this weekend's All-America Intercollegiate Invitational.

Hosted by the University of Houston, the 42nd Annual All-America Intercollegiate Invitational will be played at the par-72, 6,813-yard Pine Forest Country Club. The tournament begins with 36 holes on Saturday and concludes with Sunday's 18-hole final round.

The All-America will be Tech's final tournament before the Big 12 Conference Championship April 28-29 in Hutchinson, Kan.

"The All-America is among the older intercollegiate events around," said Texas Tech head coach Tommy Wilson. "It is great preparation for us going into the first Big 12 Championships."

Texas Tech joins Big 12 teams Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas A&M in the 16-team field. Alabama-Birmingham, Tulane, Lamar, North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Southwest Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Mississippi and host Houston will also participate. SMU and Houston are the defending co-champions.

"This event always draws a great, strong field from around the region," Wilson said. "With most all of the entries still in the hunt for an NCAA Regional slot, we hope to go into the tournament and upset a few 'apple carts.'"

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