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May 10, 1997

Tech Finishes 18th at NCAA West Regional

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Texas Tech University women's golf team saw its 1996-97 season officially end on Saturday with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Women's West Regional Women's Golf Championships.

The top 11 teams out of the 20-squad field and two other individuals out of the 102 players qualified for the NCAA Women's Golf Championships May 21-24 at Ohio State. West Regional champ Arizona State and defending NCAA title holder Arizona will join Stanford, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Oregon, TCU, Tulsa, UCLA, Texas A&M and Washington in the upcoming NCAA tourney. Texas golfer Heather Bowie and SMU's Jennifer Hubbard also qualified as individuals for the NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

The Red Raiders, who were aiming at a second-consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, shot a three-day total of 918, a 54-over-par mark on the par 72, 6,012-yard Randolph Park North Golf Course. The Red Raiders were playing in their second consecutive NCAA West Regional and fourth in the last five years.

Arizona State finished with a 1-over 865 to nip rival Arizona by one shot. Stanford was third at 6-over 870.

Washington's Dodie Mazzuca won the individual crown, firing a 5-under 211. She shot 1-under 71 on Saturday, moving up from fourth place to earn the medalist title. Mazzuca also helped her team win the 11th spot with a two-hole sudden death playoff victory over Oklahoma State.

Sophomore Brooke Lowrance tied for 32nd with a 7-over 223. Four-year veteran Tamara Parker, wrapped up her career by tying for 64th with teammate Kristin Kight at 14-over 230. Sophomore Beth Covington (236) tied for 88th, while Lubbock freshman Alana Soliz (238) tied for 95th.

Next season the Red Raider will return three golfers - Covington, Kight and Lowrance - who played in every tournament this season.

May 9, 1997

Tech Back In Pack After Two Rounds At Regional

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Texas Tech University women's golf team will have to make up some ground during the final round after 36 holes of the 1997 NCAA Division I West Regional Women's Golf Championships.

Texas Tech is 18th at 36-over-par 612 after two days on the par 72, 6,003-yard Randolph Park North Golf Course. The Red Raiders fired a second-round 309 after a 303 yesterday. Stanford is first at 4-under 572. Arizona State is second one shot back, while Arizona is two shots back in third. San Jose State is fourth at 3-over 579, while New Mexico State is fifth at 10-over 586.

After being only three shots off the lead yesterday, sophomore Brooke Lowrance struggled to a 4-over 76. She is tie for 29th, 10 shots off the lead. Stanford's Mhairi McKay is first with a 6-under 138. Arizona's Marisa Baena is second, one shot off the pace. A total of 10 golfers are under par after 36 holes, while six others are even.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech senior Tamara Parker is tied for 61st at 9-over 153. Junior Kristin Kight is tied for 70th at 10-over 154. Sophomore Beth Covington is 13-over (157) and tied for 83rd. Freshman Alana Soliz is 97th with 16-over 160.

The top 11 teams and two other individuals advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at Ohio State, May 21-24.

1.  Stanford             287-285=572 -4
2.  Arizona State        290-283=573 -3
3.  Arizona              295-279=574 -2
4.  San Jose State       294-285=579 +3
5.  New Mexico State     293-293=586 +10
t6. Oregon               298-293=591 +15
t6. Tulsa                295-296=591 +15
8.  TCU                  301-293=594 +18
t9. UCLA                 296-299=595 +19
t9. Washington           289-306=595 +19
11. Texas A&M            298-299=597 +21
12. Texas                299-301=600 +24
13. Oklahoma State       303-298=601 +25
t14. Nebraska            301-302=603 +27
t14. New Mexico          301-302=603 +27
16. Brigham Young        308-299=607 +31
17. Northern Arizona     306-305=611 +35
18. TEXAS TECH           303-309=612 +36
19. Southern California  301-312=613 +37
20. Oregon State         314-309=623 +47
Texas Tech Results
t29. Brooke Lowrance 72-76=148    +4
t61. Tamara Parker   76-77=153    +9
t70. Kristin Kight   77-77=154   +10
t83. Beth Covington  78-79=157   +13
97  Alana Soliz      81-79=160   +16
May 8, 1997

Stanford Leads by Two Strokes after Round One of NCAA West Region

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Stanford Cardinal fired a first round total of 1-under-par 287 and leads second place Washington by two strokes after the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional Championships, which was held today in sunny and hot conditions at the Randolph Park North Golf Course (Par 72, 6,012 yards).

The Cardinal recorded the only sub-par team total of the day, as the Huskies fired a second-place score of 1-over-par 289. Arizona State sits in third place at 2-over-par 290 and New Mexico State is in fourth at 5-over-par 294. San Jose State rounds out the top-five at 6-over-par 294, while defending NCAA champion and host Arizona is tied with Tulsa for sixth place at 7-over-par 295.

Individually, San Jose State's Janice Moody and Washington's Dodie Mazzuca are tied for first after firing 3-under-par 69s. Pac-10 champion Mhairi McKay is in third with a 2-under-par 70, followed by a trio of golfers that are tied for fourth. Included in that grouping is ASU's Je'ne-Marie Busuttil, New Mexico's Megan Benn and Tulsa's Filippa Helmersson, all of which fired a 1-under-par 71.

Defending NCAA Champion and No. 1 ranked Marisa Baena (Arizona) is among a group of eleven players that are tied for seventh with scores of even-par 72 -- three shots off the pace established by Moody and Mazzuca.

The second round of the three-round tourney takes place tomorrow, May 9, with 18 holes of play. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. with players teeing off from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.

First Round 18-Hole Scores
Place       School            Scores
1           Stanford          287           -1
2           Washington        289           +1
3           Arizona State     290           +2
4           New Mexico State  293           +5
5           San Jose State    294           +6
6t          Arizona           295           +7
6t          Tulsa             295           +7
8           UCLA              296           +8
9t          Oregon            298          +10
9t          Texas A&M         298          +10
12t         USC               301          +13
16t         Oklahoma State    303          +15
16t         Texas Tech        303          +15

First Round Individual Leaders
Place  Name                    School         Scores
1t     Janice Moodie           SJSU           34-35     69    -3
1t     Dodie Mazzuca           Washington     33-36     69    -3
3      Mahairi McKay           Stanford       35-35     70    -2
4t     Je'ne-Marie Busuttil    Arizona State  37-34     71    -1
4t     Megan Benn              New Mexico     35-36     71    -1
4t     Filippa Helmersson      Tulsa          36-35     71    -1  
7t     Marisa Baena            Arizona        35-37     72     E
7t     Brooke Lowrance         Texas Tech     37-35     72     E
30t    Eva-Lotta Stromlid      Oklahoma State 37-37     74    +2
42t    Ida Danielsson          USC            36-39     75    +3

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