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Women's Golf Aims for Big 12 Tournament Title




April 23, 1998

NORMAN, Okla. - The 25th-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team will be looking for its first-ever conference title when the Red Raiders begin play in the Big 12 Women's Golf Championships on Friday.

The 54-hole tournament will be played Friday through Sunday on the par 72, 6,013-yard Jimmie Austin-University of Oklahoma Golf Course. "This is a good course for us," Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell said. "Length and good course management are a plus. I feel like those are our strengths right now."

Texas Tech is one of six ranked Big 12 teams in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings. Texas A&M is No. 11, Oklahoma State No. 12, Texas No. 13, Missouri No. 29 and Nebraska No. 35. Texas Tech won the Utah-Dixie Classic April 6-7, a tournament that featured nine Big 12 teams.

"We have beaten every team in the Big 12 at least twice this season," Mitchell said. "I know that, and the win in Utah, will give us confidence and momentum."

Tech's five-player lineup will include senior Kristin Kight, juniors Lowrance and Beth Covington, sophomore Jamie Vannoy and freshman Priscillia Hunt. Lowrance, who has finished in the top 10 in five of the eight tournaments this season, is the highest ranked Big 12 golfer at No. 26. Hunt is ranked 60th in the most recent rankings released on Wednesday.

"Our chances ride on having four of the five players playing well each day," Mitchell said. "Being able to throw out a good round is the best situation possible. We are capable of winning the tournament if we are consistent."

Texas won the inaugural Big 12 Championship in 1997, firing a three-day 924 total to finish two shots ahead of Texas A&M. Texas Tech finished sixth last season. Texas' Heather Bowie won the individual title with a 212. Texas Tech's Brooke Lowrance tied for ninth at 235.



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