Oct. 21, 1997

Texas Tech Golfers Finish Sixth at Red Raider Intercollegiate

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's men's golf team finished sixth overall today with a score of 868 at the 1997 Red Raider Intercollegiate golf tournament held at Hillcrest Country Club. New Mexico State continued to sit on top of the field, claiming first place with a three-round score of 842.

"It was a very strong field," said head coach Tommy Wilson. "The scores were a lot lower today than I thought because of the weather. But, the offsetting factor was the front that moved in last night and made the greens a bit softer. The balls were checking up and the greens were putting well."

Matt Lewis, from Iowa State University, earned individual medalist honors, finishing nine under par on the tournament. Lewis completed the 54-hole event with a score of 207, on the par 72, 6,907-yard course, shooting 68, 72, 76 in each round respectively. Magnus Dohlvik, from Texas-San Antonio, was the runner up at just one stroke behind Lewis. Dohlvik was the leader after the first day of competition in the 90-player field, as Lewis moved up from fifth.

In team competition, New Mexico State shot 22 under, and eight shots lower than second place Iowa State (850). The Cyclones moved up after day one, finishing with a third-round low of 278 among the 17 schools.

The Texas Tech squad continued to sit at sixth place, as they did after each of the three rounds. The Red Raiders ended at four over with freshman Gant Bills leading the team. Bills tied for sixth place (214), shooting 71,73,70 to finish at two under par. Senior Tom Baldwin finished tied for 20th (216), just two strokes behind Bills. Junior Philip Tate tied for 29th (218), freshman Matt Loving tied for 60th (224) and junior Sean Mulherin tied for 67th (226).

"I was pleased with the scores my guys turned in," said Wilson. "It was a long day, and each of them left a few balls out there toward the end. But, they played the course well, and I was happy with their performances."

"The field this year was the strongest ever," said Wilson. "Every year we get better teams coming in. All of the coaches were really pleased with the course and were really appreciative of the people at Hillcrest Country Club."

The tournament was part of the 1997-98 Rolex Collegiate Tour, administered by the College Golf Foundation. Ahead for the Red Raiders is the Deep South Intercollegiate November 3-4 in Laurel, Mississippi.


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