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Oct. 5, 1997

Red Raiders Look for Improvement at Fall Conference Tourney

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Texas Tech University women's golf team and the other 11 league teams begin play on Monday at the 54-hole 1997 Big 12 Fall Preview Tournament.

Nebraska won the 1996 Fall Preview at College Station, beating Texas A&M by two shots. Texas Tech finished sixth.

Monday will feature 36 holes beginning with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. CT. The 18-hole final round is slated for Tuesday. The 12 teams will tackle the par 72, 6,008-yard layout at the Country Club of Missouri.

"This is a very important event for our team," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "Possibly six of the Big 12 schools will qualify for the NCAA Regionals. For us to assure a position in the regional tournament, we must compete among the top four or five teams.

"Texas A&M, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma State are strong teams. Nebraska and Oklahoma are not far behind. It will be real important for us to gain a head-to-head advantage with these teams."

Tech's lineup will include senior Amy Marsh, junior Brooke Lowrance, sophomores Alana Soliz and Jamie Vannoy and freshman Priscilla Hunt. Hunt has been Tech's top performer in each of the team's first two tournaments, while Lowrance tied for 15th at last year's Fall Preview.

"Priscillia Hunt is continuing to play great golf as a freshman," Mitchell said. "Brooke Lowrance is playing well and hopefully will continue her All-Big 12 style of play of last year."

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