Oct. 20, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Golf Tied for Sixth at Red Raider Intercollegiate

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech University men's golf team is tied for sixth place after completing 36 holes in the first day of competition at the 1997 Red Raider Intercollegiate golf tournament at Hillcrest Country Club. New Mexico State University leads the 17-team field, finishing the first two rounds at 16 under par.

"It's a very strong field, as the scores indicate," said head coach Tommy Wilson. "Mother nature was present, but it really wasn't a factor. The air was a bit heavy, but in comparison to last year, the weather was much better. The tournament is running smoothly, and the course is playing fair, but difficult."

The cool, damp conditions did not hamper the play of several individuals. Magnus Dohlvik, from the University of Texas - San Antonio, sits on top of the 90-player pack. He finished the day at 7 under on the par 72, 6,907-yard course, shooting 70 and 67 in rounds one and two respectively. Casey Hollomon, from Southwest Texas State, and John Mercer, from New Mexico State, are tied for second at 6 under. Hollomon shot 66 in round two, the low for the day. "The course is in good shape," said New Mexico State Head Coach, Ross Nettles. "Mercer played good golf all day long, and had two eagles in the second round. All of our guys played really well." New Mexico State finished the day with a team total of 560, 11 shots below second place North Texas (571). Nebraska and Iowa State (572) are tied for third at four under par.

For Texas Tech, first and second round scores of 292 and 287 places them tied for sixth. Senior Tom Baldwin (143) leads the Red Raider squad, completing the first two rounds at one under to tie for 16th. Freshman Gant Bills (144), sits just one stroke behind to end even on the day. Junior Sean Mulherin (150) shot a team low 70 for the day in his second round of play.

"The guys played really well the morning," said Wilson. "Sean (Mulherin) came back well in the afternoon. They all played steady, consistent golf and stayed focused. We shot four over in the morning round and came back in the second round at one under, but we're still in sixth place like we were earlier. The guys were surprised that they didn't move up."

Round two begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow with assigned tee times. The tournament is part of the Rolex Collegiate Tour, administered by the College Golf Foundation.

Individuals: Leader - Magnus Dohlvik, Texas-San Antonio, 137; 
T16 - Tom Baldwin, 143; 
T19 - Gant Bills, 144; 
T39 - Philip Tate, 146; 
T58 - Sean Mulherin, 150; 
T58 - Matt Loving, 150.


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