Sept. 16, 1997

Missouri Wins Jeannine McHaney Golf Tournament

Tech freshman claims a share of individual crown in first collegiate tournament

LUBBOCK, Texas - Easing to a second consecutive win to begin 1997-98, Missouri coasted to a 12-shot win in the inaugural Jeannine McHaney Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by Texas Tech and Lubbock Country Club.

"I'm thrilled about how the tournament went," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "We didn't have any problems. That's a tribute to United Supermarkets and many of our volunteers who helped make this a first-class event."

Missouri, which placed four of its players among the top 10 golfers, fired a final-round 304 to top second-place Nebraska (906). The victory was the second consecutive win for the Tigers, who claimed the season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational at Nebraska by 22 strokes. Oklahoma (920) finished third, host Texas Tech (922) fourth and SMU (935) fifth.

"Well, I could get used to winning," Missouri coach Mary Scott said. "I do think we were well prepared for this tournament. We drove the ball extremely well, which is the main key to success on this golf course."

Meanwhile, Texas Tech freshman Priscillia Hunt, playing as an individual, claimed a share of the individual title with 6-over 222. Playing in her first collegiate event, Hunt shot a 1-over 73 to tie Missouri's Amelia Moses for medalist honors.

"I played all right," Hunt said. "I thought the scores would be much lower since the conditions were so good. I was saving myself a lot. If I got into a bad situation, I was able to recover."

Moses, who held a three-stroke edge going into today's final round, struggled to a 6-over 78.

"I actually have mixed emotions," said Moses, who was playing in only her second event as collegian. "I three-putted the last three holes. I got tired. But, I am very happy for our team. We have a great team. Our coach is great."

Tech sophomore Alana Soliz, who entered the day only three shots back after a 2-under 70 in the second round, shot a 7-over 79 Tuesday to tie for eighth at 226. Brooke Lowrance, rebounding from an opening-round 81, shot a 1-over 73 to tied for 12th at 230. Jamie Vannoy (234) tied for 22nd, Beth Covington (238) tied for 29th and Kristin Kight (242) tied for 41st.

"I am real proud for Alana Soliz," Mitchell said. "That is a tremendous boost for her and for this team. This will be great experience for her the next time she gets in the same situation of playing in the last group with the leaders."

Other Tech individuals included Amy Marsh (237, t26th), Heather Wrede (244, t47th), Julie McMahon (251, t55th) and Robyn Phillips (252, t57).

"I am disappointed at the way we played," Mitchell said. "I felt like we didn't handle the situation very well mentally. We took a lot from `this tournament on what we have to work on. We will be a better team a week from now."


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