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April 6, 1998

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The 26th-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team, playing in a field along with eight other Big 12 schools, is in first place by four shots after the first round of the Utah-Dixie Classic.

The Red Raiders are 11-over (299) after 18 holes on the par 72 Sunbrook Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will wrap up tomorrow. Tech's 299 is the team's lowest round of the spring.

"I'm very pleased with the way we played today," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "Jamie Vannoy, Priscillia Hunt and Brooke Lowrance all three played extremely well. This is an important for us on the eve of the Big 12 Tournament. To be up on the other eight Big 12 schools here at this tournament is a good sign. Hopefully we can go out tomorrow and keep that momentum going."

The Utah-Dixie Classic is Tech's final event before the Big 12 Conference Championship April 24-26 in Norman, Okla.

Texas Tech freshman Priscillia Hunt is in a two-way tie for second with a 1-over 73. TCU's Angela Stanford holds a one-shot edge over Hunt and Oklahoma State's Anna Lindblom after an even-par 72.

Texas A&M, ranked 12th nationally, is four shots back at 303, while No. 15 TCU is third at 304.

Eleventh-ranked Oklahoma State (307) is fourth and No. 40 Texas El-Paso and Kansas are tied for fifth. Other Big 12 schools include No. 28 Missouri in a tie for 10th (318), Baylor (321) 15th, and No. 31 Nebraska (323) and Iowa State tied for 16th. Colorado is alone in 20th at 330.

Texas Tech sophomore Jamie Vannoy notched her best round of the spring with a 2-over 74 to tie for fourth.

Junior All-America candidate Brooke Lowrance fired a 4-over 76 to tie for 15th after the first round along with sophomore Beth Covington, who posted her best round of the spring with a 76 as well.

Sophomore Alana Soliz was the only Red Raider who did not break 80 the first round. The Lubbock product struggled to a 44 on the back nine and finished at 12-over 84 to tied for 86th

Texas Tech Individuals
t2  Priscillia Hunt 37-36 73
t4  Jamie Vannoy    37-37 74
t15 Brooke Lowrance 40-36 76
t15 Beth Covington  36-40 76
t86 Alana Soliz     40-44 84
1   Texas Tech Team 299

 

 

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