TOP JUNIOR GOLFERS TO PLAY TEXAS TECH RAWLS COURSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 3, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech Rawls Course will host 120 of the nation’s top junior golfers June 6-9 for the Randy Smith Classic presented by Mayco Industries, Inc. The tournament is conducted by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).

"The Rawls Course is honored to host the AJGA for the second year,” said Jack North, managing director of the course. “This is a tribute to not only the Rawls Course but to the design by Tom Doak and is especially an honor to Jerry Rawls, the man responsible for building the Rawls Course. We are also equally honored to have Randy Smith, nationally famous teaching professional and Texas Tech Alum, as part of this year's AJGA event. The Rawls Course will make every effort to host an excellent tournament this year and possibly a major AJGA event in the future."

The 54-hole event features 120 boys and girls ages 12-18. American Junior Golf Association alumni have risen to the top of amateur collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA players, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Dottie Pepper are currently playing on the PGA and LPGA tours.

A tournament practice round will be held at 7 a.m. June 6. The first round begins on Tuesday with tee times running from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rawls Course opened in 2003. In 2004, it earned raves from four top golf magazines. The Rawls Course has been named one of the “10 Best New Golf Courses in the Nation” and was named one of the “Top 50 Courses in the Nation for Under $50” by Golf Magazine. The course was also ranked No. 3 among all university-owned golf courses across the country by Golfweek Magazine, was listed as the 2nd best new affordable golf course in America by Golf Digest Magazine.

The Tom Doak designed course features wide and long fairways with fast greens and sand traps that can reach a depth of 21 feet. The course more closely recalls Scottish golf courses than the semi-arid south plains of Texas. At its lowest point, the course drops 38 feet below ground level. A 4.5 acre man-made lake sits at the center of the low point of the course. Fifteen-foot berms surround the course, giving it an out-of-the-city feeling by blocking traffic noise and block the view of many of the surrounding city.
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CONTACT: Jack North, managing director, or Paula Garner, department manager, at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech, (806) 742-4653.