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Nov. 3, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Golf Completes First Two Rounds

Red Raiders in 18th place at Deep South

LAUREL, Miss. - The Texas Tech men's golf team finished the first day of competition at the Deep South Intercollegiate tournament today in Laurel, Mississippi. The Red Raiders sit in 18th place, heading into the final round of competition tomorrow at the Laurel Country Club.

In team competition, Kansas sits on top of the field, shooting 305 and 293 in the first two rounds respectively. Southeastern Louisiana and South Alabama are tied for second with a score of 599 on the par 72, 6,585-yard course. Tournament host Southern Mississippi is tied for fourth with Alabama-Birmingham. Chris Thompson, from Kansas, leads the individual race with a two-round score of 143.

The Red Raiders shot 318 and 317 in today's rounds. Junior Philip Tate leads the Texas Tech squad, totaling 153 on the day. Tate shot 79 and 74 in the first two rounds respectively and is tied with 10 other individuals for 30th place. Other scorers for the Tech unit include senior Tom Baldwin (160), freshman Matt Loving (160), freshman Gant Bills (162) and freshman Eddie Lucio (171). Tournament action continues with tomorrow's final round. Tee times are set with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start for the 18-team, 93-individual field.

Team Scores: 
1   Kansas, 590; 
t2  Southeaster Louisiana, 599 
t2  South Alabama, 599 
t4  Alabama-Birmingham, 601 
t4  Southern Mississippi, 601 
6   Arkansas State, 604 
7   Central Florida, 608 
t8  Georgia State, 609 
t8  South Florida, 609 
10  Tulane, 611  
11  Oral Roberts, 612 
12  Troy State, 613 
13  Memphis, 616 
14  Vanderbilt, 617 
15  New Orleans, 622 
16  Cincinnati, 628 
17  Middle Tennessee State, 630 
18  Texas Tech, 635. 
Leader  Chris Thompson, Kansas, 143 
t30  Philip Tate, 153 
t73  Tom Baldwin, 160 
t73  Matt Loving, 160 
t84  Gant Bills,  162 
t92  Eddie Lucio, 171.

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