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Men+s golf visits Laredo aiming for regional slot

March 21, 1997

Men's golf visits Laredo aiming for regional slot

By Jeff Huett

Assistant City Editor/ Sports

If the Baylor men's golf team wants to make the NCAA Regional Tournament at the University of Oklahoma, it's going to have to play well in its next two tournaments.

The Bears travel to Laredo to play in the Border Olympics Invitational Tournament hosted by Texas A&M University Saturday and Sunday.

Baylor will face the other teams vying for the regional tournament birth.

Eight teams out of the district move on to tournament play. The University of Texas, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University have virtual locks on tournament bids. Baylor is battling with Louisiana, Rice University and Universoty of Houston for a spot.

The Bears finished in second place Tuesday at the Hungarland-Woodyard Intercollegiate play in Huntsville with a total 885, 11 shots off the leader Sam Houston State University.

Chris Nickens, an Austin senior, shot a low round of 68 and finished in third place overall. Nickens was awarded All-Southwest Conference honors last season.

Aaron Pellegrom finished the tournamnet in sixth place overall with a total of 217.

'We have been playing well lately,' Baylor head men's golf coach Timothy Hobby said. 'But now we must concentrate on continual improvement and success, so that me make the elite tournament.'

Mike Chisum, an Abilene junior, has added major tournament experience to the Baylor team.

'I go into every tournament wanting to win the overall championship,' Chisum said. 'I know if I do my part, the team will succeed, too.'

After the tournament in Laredo, the Bears will participate in the SMU-Dr Pepper Invitational.

'The NCAA Regional Golf Tournament is like the NCAA basketball's tournament of 64,' Chisum said. ' We want to move through the regional and then on to the 'sweet 16' of collegiate golf at the NCAA National Tournament.'

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