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Sept. 24, 1997

Red Raiders Look to Rebound at Dick McGuire Invitational

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Hoping to bounce back from a fourth-place finish at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial, the Texas Tech University women's golf team enters its second tournament of the year beginning tomorrow at the 54-hole Dick McGuire Invitational.

The Red Raiders will be one of 17 teams to challenge the par 73, 6,069-yard Championship Course layout at Albuquerque. Tech finished 12th out of 18 teams last September at the Dick McGuire.

Texas Tech finished fourth in the season-opening McHaney tournament at Lubbock Country Club Sept. 15-16. Missouri won the McHaney, followed by Nebraska and Oklahoma.

"The tournament this week is an important one," Texas Tech Head Coach Jeff Mitchell said. "We have a chance to avenge ourselves against Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Dick McGuire traditionally has a very strong field and this year is no exception."

Senior Amy Marsh, junior Brooke Lowrance, sophomores Alana Soliz and Jamie Vannoy, and freshman Priscillia Hunt will play for Texas Tech in the three-day event. Hunt tied for first at the McHaney Memorial.

"I am excited that Priscillia Hunt won her first ever college event," Mitchell said. "It will be exciting to watch her play at Tech for the next four years."

The 17-team field includes five teams ranked among the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings. UCLA is ranked No. 9, Texas A&M No. 12, New Mexico is tied for 14th, TCU is No. 18 and Oklahoma State is tied for 25th.

Other teams include Brigham Young, Kansas, Lamar, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, SMU, Texas-El Paso, USC and Washington. Tech Tech received two votes in the latest poll.

"For us to compete in our district as well as in the nation, we have to match up with New Mexico, Oklahoma State, A&M and TCU," Mitchell said. "We have our work cut out for us at this event."

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