Women's Golf 16th at NCAA West Regional
May 9, 1998
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked Texas Tech University Red Raiders saw their 1997-98 season end with a tie for 16th at the NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championships.
Tech fired a final-round 314 Saturday and tied with TCU at 51-over 927. Junior Brooke Lowrance, who entered Saturday's final round aiming for an individual berth at the NCAA Championships, struggled to a 9-over 82 and finished in a tie for 40th at 10-over 229.
Top-ranked Arizona, with a 5-under 871, eased to a 15-shot victory over No. 2 Arizona State. Stanford and Tulsa were third at 895, while Texas - the only Big 12 team to qualify for the NCAA Championships - tied for fifth with Southern California at 899. Other qualifying teams include New Mexico (908), New Mexico State (908), Washington (911), Oregon (912) and Oregon State (912). Texas-El Paso's Kristen MacLaren and Missouri's Stefanie Mitchell qualified as individuals.
Oklahoma State (918), in third after two rounds, ballooned to a 323 on Saturday and fell to 13th after firing rounds of 298 and 297 on Thursday and Friday. Missouri (921) finished 15th, while Big 12 champ Texas A&M (937) was 19th.
Arizona State's top-ranked Grace Park claimed the wire-to-wire title by firing an even-par 73 on Saturday en route to a 7-under 212. Texas' Salimah Mussani was the highest Big 12 finisher at sixth with a 2-under 217. Overall, six golfers finished below the 54-hole par of 219, while four others were even at the par 73, 6,093-yard Stanford Golf Course.
Texas Tech sophomore Jamie Vannoy (231) and junior Beth Covington (231) each tied for 50th. Freshman Priscillia Hunt (240) tied for 84th, while senior Kristin Kight (241) tied for 87th. - TTU -
Texas Tech Individual Scores t40 Brooke Lowrance 75-72-82 229 t50 Jamie Vannoy 74-79-78 231 t50 Beth Covington 77-77-77 231 t84 Priscillia Hunt 82-79-79 240 t87 Kristin Kight 80-81-80 241