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Tech Vying for Title at BYU Invitational



April 3, 1998

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The 26th-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team will be one of seven nationally-ranked squads competing in the upcoming Utah-Dixie Classic tournament.

Hosted by BYU, the 25-team tournament will be played on the par 72, 6,015-yard Sunbrook Golf Course Monday and Tuesday. The teams will play 27 holes beginning with a shotgun start each day at 8:00 a.m.

"We are very excited to make our first visit to Utah and the Utah-Dixie Classic," Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "As a team, we have a great opportunity to move up in the West District rankings."

The Utah tourney will be Tech's final event before the Big 12 Conference Championships, scheduled for April 24-26 at Norman, Okla.

The Utah-Dixie Classic field includes 11th-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 28 Missouri and No. 31 Nebraska. In addition, No. 15 TCU are No. 40 Texas-El Paso also competing.

Mitchell, whose team is ranked eighth in the district, said nine teams will advance to the NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championship, May 7-9 at Stanford, Calif.

"We are very close to Missouri and Texas A&M," Mitchell said. "Beating either of those teams would help us tremendously. I think it will be a little bit of an advantage for us to playing in the (27 holes a day) format," Mitchell said. "We work hard on conditioning and in this tournament, that should show."

Tech is led by junior All-America candidate Brooke Lowrance, who is the highest ranked Big 12 golfer at No. 25th in the latest Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings. The Red Raider lineup will also include junior Beth Covington, sophomores Alana Soliz and Jamie Vannoy and freshman Priscillia Hunt.



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