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April 28, 1997

Texas Tech Selected for NCAA Women's Golf West Regional

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team, making its second straight appearance and fourth in the last five years, was selected today to play in the 1997 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships West Regional.

Head coach Jeff Mitchell's squad and 19 other teams will compete Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, at the par 72, 6,012-yard Randolph Park North Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The top eleven teams and two other individuals will advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, May 21-24, at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

"This is five years in a row that the Texas Tech women's golf team has been represented in the NCAA's," Mitchell said. "We have been included in every regional that has been conducted by the NCAA. This is the fourth selection of my team and we had an individual the other year."

Texas Tech was one of nine teams overall and one of five Big 12 squads selected out of the West District. Other Big 12 teams include Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Top-seeded Tulsa, New Mexico State, New Mexico and Texas Christian will also represent the West District. SMU's Jennifer Hubbard was invited as an individual from the West District.

The 11 Far West District teams competing in the West Regional include San Jose State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Southern California, Washington, BYU, Oregon State and Northern Arizona. San Diego State's Christelle Cuzon will play as an individual from the Far West.

Texas Tech previously advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 1993, 1994, and 1996. Last season, Texas Tech finished ninth, earning a spot in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships for the first time ever. Current sophomore Brooke Lowrance tie for 32nd at the West Regional, while senior Tamara Parker tied for 43rd and junior Kristin Kight tied for 89th. Texas Tech finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.

"It will take a strong effort from the entire team to get us to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship in Ohio," Mitchell said. "We have been inconsistent. Sometimes we have been brilliant. We will have to have the whole team show up for this tournament."

Texas Tech, featuring one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman, overcame a slow start to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championship. Lowrance, who leads the team with a 78.3 stroke average, tied for ninth at the Big 12 tourney."

"I am very proud of this team," Mitchell said. "They are young and have fought hard to get to this point. Brooke Lowrance, a second-team All-Big 12 Conference player, has been a driving force on the team."

Parker tied for 11th at the Big 12 Championship, while Kight tied for 16th. Sophomore Beth Covington and freshman Alana Soliz tied for 47th.

"Tamara Parker has been a mainstay," Mitchell said. "She has competed in every event since arriving at Texas Tech four years ago. Words cannot describe the impact she has made.

"Kristin Kight and Beth Covington have supplied the depth we have needed to make it to the regional tournament."

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