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Nov. 12, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Golf Enters Final Fall Tournament

Crown Colony Country Club plays host to two-day event

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's golf team begins play at the team's final fall tournament Friday in the Crown Classic, hosted by Stephen F. Austin. The squad will travel to Lufkin, Texas for the Friday-Saturday event at the Crown Colony Country Club.

"This is our final tournament of the fall and after this, everyone on the roster will have played in an event this year," said head coach Tommy Wilson. "The tournament begins regional competition which will help determine post-season play."

The 54-hole tournament will feature 15 teams on the par 72, 6,674-yard course. Teams will tee off at 7:30 a.m. both days with a shotgun start on Friday and scheduled tee times off of the first and tenth holes on Saturday. Among the schools competing along with Texas Tech are Big 12 opponents Baylor and Kansas, plus North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston, Lamar, Southwest Louisiana, Arkansas-Little Rock, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio, Southwest Texas State, Northeast Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin.

"The Crown Colony course is the shortest, most difficult course in Texas, and should play long because of the wet weather expected," said Wilson. "It will give us a good barometer of what will happen with our team in the Spring. Our whole team is glad that this tournament will wrap up the fall season, and now the guys can get back to being just students as the semester nears its end."

Making the final trip for the Red Raiders will be senior Tom Baldwin, juniors Philip Tate and Ronny Gailey, and freshmen Matt Loving and Gant Bills. Both Tate and Bills have participated in every tournament this fall. Gailey will be making his first appearance with the squad.

The team will begin the Spring season in February and continue through May.

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