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April 10, 1997

Tech Women's Golf at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic

NORMAN, Okla. - The Texas Tech University women's golf team looks to defend both team and individual titles Monday and Tuesday at the 1997 Susie Maxwell Berning Golf Classic.

Texas Tech won the team title last year with a three-round 942 total. Current sophomore Brooke Lowrance and former standout J.J. Rorie shared the individual crown with 228.

"Oklahoma has been a friendly place," head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "We have won the tournament the last two times. It has been a confidence boost to us that is very important going into the Big 12 and regionals."

Mitchell's squad will be one of six Big 12 Conference teams participating at the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course. The Red Raiders join Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, and host Oklahoma. Other teams in the field are Alabama-Birmingham, Colorado State, North Texas, Oral Roberts, Texas-El Paso and Wichita State.

The 12-team event will be the first intercollegiate golf tournament on the course's new par-72, 6,013-yard layout. The competition begins Monday with 36 holes and concludes with Tuesday's 18-hole final round.

Senior Tamara Parker, junior Kristin Kight, and sophomores Beth Covington and Lowrance have played in every tournament this season. Junior Amy Marsh and freshman Alana Soliz will also travel to Oklahoma.

Texas has finished tied for fifth, ninth, and most recently at the Duke Invitational, seventh in tournaments this spring. Lowrance (78.7), Covington (79.7) and Parker (79.7) have the top three stroke averages this season.

"The entire team has been on the fringe of playing very well the past two weeks," said Mitchell, whose squad has competed in seven tournaments in 1996-97. "This may be just the answer a week before the Big 12 Championship."

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