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Men's Golf Ties for 10th at Border Olympics



March 29, 1998

LAREDO, Texas - The Texas Tech men's golf team finished tied for 10th at the 46th Annual Border Olympics hosted by Texas A&M in Laredo, Texas. The Laredo Country Club handed the Red Raiders their best team finish this spring and second best on the year with a total of 913. Junior Philip Tate and Senior Mark Garcia totaled a 12 over par 228 on the tournament to tie at 23rd. Garcia carded an even par 72 in the third round to record a new career low round and a career best finish. Tate shot rounds of 76, 74, 78 for his second best finish this spring. The Baylor Bears hung onto the lead into the second day to claim the title, scoring 880 in the 14-team field. Kansas was just two strokes back for second. Tech joined Stephen F. Austin at the 10th position. In the individual hunt, Texas A&M's Ryan Palmer fired a tournament low 65 in the third round to end eight under and six strokes ahead of second place Jimmy Walker of Baylor.

The remaining two scoring spots for the Red Raiders were occupied by Matt Loving (230), who finished just two shots behind Tate and Garcia, and Alex Armstrong (236). Both turned in season low finishes. Two additional Tech golfers challenged the field in Tom Baldwin and Gant Bills. Baldwin finished tied at 69th, and Bills completed the tournament tied for 75th.

Texas Tech golf will return to action April 6-7 at the Copy System/Toshiba Intercollegiate in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Chenal Country Club.

Team: Champion - Baylor, 880; 2 - Kansas, 882; 3 - Texas A&M, 890; 4 - Rice, 901; 5 - Sam Houston State, 6 - Arkansas, 904; 7 - Texas-Arlington, 905; 8 - Texas-San Antonio, 909; 9 - North Texas, 912; t10 - Stephen F. Austin, 913; t10 - Texas Tech, 913; 12 - Southwest Texas State, 916; 13 - SW Louisiana, 920; 14 - Wichita State, 928.
Individual: Champion - Ryan Palmer, Texas A&M, 208; t23 - Philip Tate, 228; t23 - Mark Garcia, 228; t30 - Matt Loving, 230; t62 - Alex Armstrong, 236; t69 - Tom Baldwin, 237; t75 - Gant Bills, 240.



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