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Oct. 7, 1997

Tech Finishes Fourth at Difficult Big 12 Fall Preview

Lowrance, Hunt finish Among Top 5 in Event

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On a highly difficult golf course, Oklahoma State battled its way to an 11-shot victory in the Big 12 Fall Preview Women's Golf Tournament, while Texas Tech earned a fourth-place finish.

Texas Tech finished fourth with a 54-hole total of 935 over the par-72, 6,008-yard Country Club of Missouri layout. Tech led after Monday's first round with a 301 total.

"I am very proud of my team," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "It was a great finish in a very good field. We were very close to putting it together for 54 holes. It will be a good lead-in into the Stanford tournament."

The course played difficult over the final 18 holes. OSU's 318 was 19 shots higher than the team's 299 second-round total, but was good enough for an easy win over second-place Texas A&M and third-place Missouri. The average score today was 83.3, almost five strokes higher than the second round.

Texas finished fifth, followed by Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State and Colorado.

"I am holding my tongue on the condition of this course," Mitchell said. "I am not going to talk about how they set it up to play, but it was evident by the scores."

Texas' Jennifer Waterhouse and Oklahoma State's Maria Boden tied for first with 9-over-par totals of 225. Waterhouse fired the day's low round of 3-over 75.

Tech junior Brooke Lowrance, who opened with a 2-under 70, fired a 9-over 81 today, but still managed to tie for third at 227. Freshman Priscillia Hunt, also shot a final-round 81, and tied for fifth at 228. Other Tech golfers included sophomore Jamie Vannoy (236, t16th), senior Amy Marsh (246, t40) and Lubbock freshman Alana Soliz (251, t48).

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