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April 20, 1997

Red Raiders Struggle at Big 12 Tournament

Tech Women 27 Shots Back After First Day

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Texas Tech University women's golf team, with no player breaking 80 in the first round, struggled to a 40-over-par 328 and is in tenth place, 27 shots behind front-running Texas after the first day of the Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championships.

Texas, led by individual leader Heather Bowie's one-under 71, holds a seven stroke lead after firing a first-day 301. Texas A&M (308) is second, Oklahoma State (310) third, Kansas (311) fourth and Nebraska (313) fifth. Baylor's Ali Brewer shot a one-over 73 to grab second-place alone after one round. Texas' Jennifer Waterhouse and Texas A&M's Isabelle Rosberg and Jamie Hullett each shot 74 for a three-way tie for third.

For the Red Raiders, it was a struggle on the difficult par 72, 6,100-yard Alvamar Golf Course. Senior Tamara Parker and sophomore Brooke Lowrance lead Texas Tech after one round with a tie for 26th after the Red Raiders' two leading golfers each struggled to a nine-over 81. Junior Kristin Kight is tied for 35th after a 10-over 82. Freshman Alana Soliz shot a 12-over 84, while sophomore Beth Covington managed a 14-over 86.

The 12-team tournament, consisting of 59 players, continues with Monday's second round beginning at 8:00 a.m. CDT off the first tee. The 18-hole final round is slated for Tuesday starting at 8:00 off the first and tenth tees.

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