Men's Golf Finishes 15th at Louisiana Classics|
March 10, 1998
LAFAYETTE, La. - Texas Tech's men's golf team completed play Tuesday to finish 15th at the 1998 Louisiana Classics golf tournament at Oakbourne Country Club in Layfayette, Louisiana. Tulsa claimed the team title while Ryan Palmer of Texas A&M earned individual medalist honors. The 15-team field battled through adverse weather conditions in the first two rounds at the 13th annual event, with weekend rains and windy, cool conditions contributing to higher scores. Tech improved as a unit in each round, shooting 317 and 314 on the first day of competition and ending with a round of 313 on day two. Tulsa concluded with a tournament total of 32 over at 896 to claim its second Louisiana Classics title. Junior Philip Tate fired rounds of 77, 75, 78 to finish tied for 27th on the par 72, 7,002 yard course. Tate finished 13 strokes off the lead on the layout that played to a 77.59 stroke average ^ over five and one-half strokes over par ^ during the tournament. Tech,s Tom Baldwin was next in line for the Red Raiders, finishing tied for 49th with a three-round total of 236. The Aggie,s Palmer finished one over on the tournament, pacing the pack after a first round 70. Jamie Rogers, from Nebraska, and Casey Brown, from Arkansas, rounded out the top three spots. For the Red Raiders, Sean Mulherin carded rounds of 78, 82, 82 to finish 73rd. Alex Armstrong tied at 78th with a total of 245, and Mark Garcia ended in 80th at 246.
Texas Tech will return to action March 28-29 at the 1998 Border Olympics in Laredo Texas a the Laredo Country Club. The 54-hole event will be hosted by Texas A&M.