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Oct. 11, 1997

Men's Golf Finishes 19th at New Mexico Tournament

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The Texas Tech University mens golf finished in 19th place at the 1997 Coca-Cola/Herb Wimberly Classic, hosted by New Mexico State University. Freshman Gant Bills (Dallas, Texas) led the Red Raider squad, completing the three-round tournament with a score of 220 to tie for 13th place.

The Red Raiders ended the 21-team tournament with a team total of 915 on the par 72, 7,040-yard University Golf Course. Capturing the team title was UT-El Paso, combining for a score of 863, and finishing 17 strokes ahead of second place Minnesota (880). Wichita State and Washington (881) tied for third, rounding out the top spots.

Bills, who recently earned Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention honors, shot a 74, 72, and 74 in the three rounds respectively. He was just nine strokes behind the individual medal winner, Darren Slackman from Washington, who led the pack after the first day as well. Freshman Matt Loving and junior Philip Tate (231) tied for 76th, while senior Laird Sparks (235) ended in 91st place among the 98 finishers.

Team scores include: UTEP, Minnesota, Wichita State, Washington, New Mexico State (883), New Mexico (886), North Texas (888), Wyoming (889), Mississippi (889), Long Beach State (901), Oral Roberts (903), Stephen F. Austin State (906), Boise State (906), Washington State (909), Southwest Texas (911), Idaho (912), Arizona (912), San Diego (913), Texas Tech (915), Southern Utah (918) and Hardin Simmons (967).

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