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Oct. 10, 1997

Men's Golf Completes Day One at New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Texas Tech's men's golf team sits in 18th place after completing the first two rounds in day one of the 1997 Coca-Cola/Herb Wimberly Classic, hosted by New Mexico State University. The Red Raider squad earned a combined score of 607 today, 34 points behind the University of Texas - El Paso (573) who leads the team competition. The squad finished with a score of 306 and 301 in rounds one and two respectively on the par 72, 7,040 yard University Golf Course.

In the team standings, Washington (584) is 11 shots behind UTEP for second. New Mexico State (585) is close behind for third, and New Mexico and Wyoming (587) are tied for fourth among the 21 schools competing.

Freshman Gant Bills leads the Texas Tech pack, ending the day tied for 11th at 146 in the field of 111 golfers. He scored 74 and 72 in today's rounds, and is just six strokes behind the leader, Darren Slackman (140) from the University of Washington.

Texas Tech junior Philip Tate (152), currently tied for 64th, completed the second round just one over par at 73. Freshman Matt Loving (155) and senior Laird Sparks (155) are tied at 87th, and sophomore Blake Smith (161) is tied at 103rd.

Tomorrow, the teams tee off between 7:30 and 8 a.m. MDT from the first and tenth holes, to complete the third and final round of the 54-hole tournament.

Competing along side the Red Raiders include teams from New Mexico State, Idaho, Washington State, San Diego, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin, Long Beach State, Wyoming, Boise State, North Texas, Hardin Simmons, UTEP, Southwest Texas State, Washington, Southern Utah, Minnesota, Oral Roberts, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Arizona.

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