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Oct. 15, 1997

Red Raider's Host Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

Monday and Tuesday 
Hillcrest Country Club 
17 Teams 
Third Annual Event 

LUBBOCK, Texas ~ The Texas Tech University men's golf team is hosting the 1997 Red Raider Intercollegiate tournament Monday and Tuesday, October 20 and 21 at Hillcrest Country Club.

The 54-hole event will showcase 17 teams and five individuals, competing for team and individual medalist honors on the par 72, 6,897-yard course. Monday, teams tee off for round one with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., with round two commencing after lunch. For Tuesday,s 18-hole final round, tee times will be assigned, ranging from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

We're looking forward to playing here in Lubbock, said head coach Tommy Wilson. The Red Raider Intercollegiate is attracting bigger and better teams every year. This year's field is the strongest yet.

Entering it's third year of existence, the tournament is part of the 1997-98 Rolex Collegiate Tour.

Big 12 conference opponents Nebraska and Iowa State will be sending teams, along with Arkansas - Little Rock, North Texas, Sam Houston State, Southern Mississippi, Southwest Texas State, Southwestern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin State, Texas-Pan-American, Texas-San Antonio, Wichita State, Oral Roberts, New Mexico State, Texas-Arlington, and Rice.

It's going to be a tough field of competitors, said Wilson. There's going to be added pressure on our guys, playing at home, but they like the challenge. We're encouraging people to come out and watch and see some potential tour players compete, and it's free for everyone.

Texas Tech's top five golfers will take to the greens, including freshman Gant Bills, who recently earned Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention honors.

The Rolex Collegiate Tour is administered by the College Golf Foundation, a non-profit organization, founded with the corporate support of Rolex Watch U.S.A. The tour includes over 100 men,s and nearly 100 women,s national and regional collegiate golf tournaments across the country. --TTU--

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