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Weekend excursions prosperous for golfers

April 2, 1997

By Kevin Allen

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Baylor men's golf team took a weekend trip north to compete in the Southern Methodist University Dr Pepper Intercollegiate Tournament in Dallas. The Bears turned in a fifth-place score after the first round, but slipped later in the tournament for an 11th-place finish.

This was the last tournament for the men before the Big 12 Championship on April 28. The Bears have over three weeks to prepare for the championship tournament.

'We'll try to work out any kinks in our game... and get mentally prepared for the tournament,' said Aaron Pellegrom, a Grayson, Ga., freshman.

Head coach Tim Hobby expects to do well in the Big 12 Tournament. Hobby said their goal is to finish in the top five, despite the tough competition of the Big 12.

'It will be a big improvement over the last few years,' said Hobby.

But some of the players are looking for more than just the top five.

'I think if we play well, we could finish even higher,' said Pellegrom.

The men's Big 12 individual rankings were released this week, and two Baylor players made the top ten. Chris Nickens, an Austin senior, is currently ranked No. 4, and Pellegrom is ranked 10th.

The women's team traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, to take part in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational last Tuesday. The Lady Bears finished 11th out of the 25-team field, led by Ali Brewer, a Crockett freshman, and Anna Lindeborg, a Hestra, Sweden sophomore. These two finished the three-day tournament tied for the team lead with a 248 score.

'I was pleased with our performance minus the first day of play. After that, we adjusted to the windy and rainy conditions and lowered our scores,' Women's golf coach Sylvia Ferdon said.

This was the second tournament that the Lady Bears have been without freshman Mary Coleman Hornsby. She led the team this fall, winning two tournaments including the Big 12 Fall Preview. According to Ferdon, Hornsby was put on a disciplinary suspension and then was beaten out in qualifying rounds for the trip to Hawaii. However, fellow freshman Brewer has stepped up her play, leading the team in the past two tournaments.

The women will have one more chance to improve their play before the Big 12 championship. They will compete in the Susie Maxwell-Berning Classic April 14-15 in Oklahoma City. The next tournament for the men's team will be the Big 12 Championship on April 28-29 in Hutchinson, Kan.

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