Women's Golf Begins West Regional Play Thursday
May 6, 1998
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team begins play Thursday in the 54-hole NCAA West Regional Championships at Stanford.
The par 73, 6,190-yard Stanford Golf Course, site of the tournament Thursday through Saturday, is familiar to the Red Raiders. Tech finished seventh in last October's Stanford Women's Intercollegiate Tournament with a school-record 54-hole total of 896. Junior Brooke Lowrance tied for seventh, while freshman Priscillia Hunt finished in a tie for 11th.
"This is another great opportunity for us to play a golf course where we've played real well," Texas Tech head coach Mitchell said. "We played extremely well at Stanford last fall, set a school record for our total. We have some milestones there that this team has created. It's going to be real exciting to go back out there and have a lot of confidence on that golf course knowing we've played well there before."
Lowrance, Hunt, senior Kristin Kight, junior Beth Covington and sophomore Jamie Vannoy make up Texas Tech's five-player lineup that will compete for a berth in the NCAA Championships later this month. The West and East Regionals will determine the field for the NCAA Championships, which will be held from May 20-23 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisc. The East Regional is being playing at the Duke University Golf Course Thursday through Saturday.
The West Regional field includes 20 teams and two individuals from the West and Far West Districts. The top 11 teams and two individuals, not among the teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships.
Texas Tech is the seventh seed from the nine-team West District. Texas A&M is fourth, Oklahoma State fifth, Texas sixth and Missouri ninth. Tulsa is the West District top seed, while TCU is second, New Mexico State third and New Mexico eighth.
Arizona is the top seed from the Far West District followed by (in order of seed) Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon, Southern California, UCLA, San Jose State, Oregon State, Washington, Northern Arizona and BYU. Texas Tech is advancing to an NCAA regional for the fifth time in the last six years under Mitchell. Tech finished fourth in last month's Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championships at Norman, Okla.
"We are always excited to extend the season," Mitchell said. "We've had a good year. I think it's a tribute to this team for the time and effort they've put in. I really feel like this is a team that can make it to nationals."
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