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Oct. 31, 1997

Texas Tech Travels to Deep South Intercollegiate

17 Teams Slated for Southern Mississippi Tourney

LUBBOCK, Texas --The Texas Tech men's golf team will travel to Laurel, Mississippi for the Deep South Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday. The tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi, will be held at the Laurel Country Club.

"This tournament will afford us an opportunity to meet a lot of the Division I teams from the southern region that we normally don't run across," said head coach Tommy Wilson. "It will give us broader national exposure. Our guys will also have a chance to play on a different surface. The course has Bermuda greens, which should only be a factor when reading puts."

The two-day, 54-hole tournament will feature 36 holes on Monday and an 18-hole final round on Tuesday. Tee times are set for a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start both days as 17 teams traverse the par 72, 6,585-yard course. Schools competing in the event along side Texas Tech include host Southern Mississippi, Big 12 Conference opponent Kansas, South Alabama, Georgia State, South Florida, Arkansas State, Troy State, Oral Roberts, Pennsylvania, Middle Tennessee State, New Orleans, Memphis, Central Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham. Three freshmen will be on the trip for the Red Raiders. Eddie Lucio (Brownsville, Texas) will make his debut with the squad, while Matt Loving (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Gant Bills (Dallas, Texas) will be competing in their third and fourth tournaments respectively. Also traveling will be senior Tom Baldwin (Russell, Kansas) and junior Philip Tate (Wichita Falls, Texas).

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