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April 26, 1998

NORMAN, Okla. - The 25th-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team finished fourth in the 1998 Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championships, 10 shots behind wire-to-wire champion Texas A&M. "I was really proud of my team," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "We played extremely well today. We had some more bad weather, had a little cool front blow in, had a lot of wind and rain. You name it, we pretty much had it this week."

Texas Tech's third-round 302, the team's lowest score of the tournament and the second lowest of the final round, pushed the Red Raiders into fourth. Defending champion and 13th-ranked Texas fired a 303 on Sunday and a 923 total to secure second place one shot ahead of No. 12 Oklahoma State.

"I thought we competed real well," Mitchell said. "Third rounds have been a little bit of a problem for us basically all year. For us to come in and really play a good round of golf on a very difficult day, I was very happy with them." Oklahoma, which struggled to a 316 final round on Sunday, fell to fifth at 934. Nebraska, ranked 35th, finished sixth thanks to the lowest round of the day at 299 to finish at 936.

"We came in and had the second-best score of the day and made up some ground on the leaders," Mitchell said. "We ended up passing Oklahoma. I think on their home course, that is a real good performance for us."

A&M's 45th-ranked Isabelle Rosberg, who led after all three rounds on the par 72, 6,013-yard Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course, won the individual title by two shots with a 9-over-par 225. Rosberg, who was the 1997 Big 12 runner-up, carded a 5-over 77 today to beat teammate Jamie Hullett, Texas' Laura Blessey and Missouri's Stefanie Mitchell by two shots. (more)

Texas Tech junior Brooke Lowrance fired a 4-over 76 today to finish in a tie for seventh with Oklahoma's Isabelle Blais at 13-over 229. Tech freshman Priscillia Hunt jumped into a tie for 10th, thanks to a 2-over 74 and a 232 total. Lowrance was named to the All-Big 12's First Team. Hunt, selected to the All-Conference Second Team, was the only freshman to be honored on either of the all-star squads.

"I'm extremely proud of the way both of those players have played all year," Mitchell said. "I think Brooke has a legitimate opportunity to be an All-American this year. I think a good regional would certainly be the difference in that."

Texas Tech senior Kristin Kight, who shot 5-over 77 on Sunday, and sophomore Jamie Vannoy each tied for 17th with 234 totals. Vannoy tallied a 3-over 75, her lowest round of the 54-hole tournament. Junior Beth Covington tied for 35th with a 243 after an 8-over 80 on Sunday.

Big 12 Women's Golf All-Conference Teams

  • First Team
    Anna Becker, So., Texas A&M
    Maria Boden, Fr., Oklahoma State
    Brooke Lowrance, Jr., Texas Tech
    Letitia Moses, Jr., Missouri
    Isabelle Rosberg, Sr., Texas A&M

  • Second Team
    Isabelle Blais, Jr., Oklahoma
    Jamie Hullett, Sr., Texas A&M
    Priscillia Hunt, Fr., Texas Tech
    Stefanie Mitchell, Jr., Missouri
    Jennifer Waterhouse, Sr., Texas

  • Player of the Year
    Isabelle Rosberg, Sr., Texas A&M

  • Newcomer of the Year
    Maria Boden, Fr., Oklahoma State

  • Coach of the Year
    Ann Pitts, Oklahoma State

  • Texas Tech Individual Scores

    t7 Brooke Lowrance 76-77-76=229
    t10 Priscillia Hunt 80-78-74=232
    t17 Jamie Vannoy 80-79-75=234
    t17 Kristin Kight 79-78-77=234
    t35 Beth Covington 82-81-80=243

    Team Scores

    1   Texas A&M    299-312-308=919
    2   Texas        311-309-303=923
    3   Oklahoma St. 306-313-305=924
    4   Texas Tech   315-312-302=929
    5   Oklahoma     313-305-316=934
    6   Nebraska     322-315-299=936
    7   Missouri     315-317-310=942
    8   Iowa St.     336-314-310=960
    9   Kansas       329-315-328=972
    10  Baylor       340-321-312=973
    11  Kansas St.   337-328-316=981
    12  Colorado     331-327-331=989


     

     

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