Tech Golf relies on local partnership for extra funding

Tech Golf relies on local partnership for extra funding

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LUBBOCK -

Football and men's basketball are the revenue sports at most schools.

At Texas Tech, two of the smaller sports are Men's and Women's Golf.

The programs rely heavily on donations and events like the Reagor Dykes Jerry Rawls Partnership.

"We use it for a lot of things such as travel. We're able to purchase any equipment that we need for the programs," Women's head coach, JoJo Robertson, said. "We're able to help our players play in the summer. We can reimburse them for some expenses they wouldn't be able to get normally."

Robertson said a lot of the money goes toward recruiting.

Out of the nine golfers on the men's team, five are from out of the country.

The women's team has six golfers, five are from outside the United States.

"We get to go all over the world to find the best players for Texas Tech. It takes a lot of money to recruit," Men's head coach, Greg Sands, added. "We're always changing flights and trying to find the next kid and so having a budget that's competitive with the teams that we need to compete against is very important so every dollar in our program is huge."

Last year the tournament raised more than $30,000.

"You've got to have every different aspect of support. The athletic department does a good job, but the more we can do as a community as former players, as members of the Rawls Golf Course absolutely help," former Tech golfer, Steve Long, said.

Bart Reagor played football at Texas Tech. He added, the more the community gets involved, the more momentum it brings to Tech Athletics.

"It makes the school better, which makes the city better, which makes the overall picture of Lubbock better and I think that's why we have people moving here and why we have Buddy Holly Performing Arts Center going up and Citizens Tower. All kinds of great things happening in Lubbock," Reagor said.

This is the seventh year of the annual partnership. 

According to organizers, it's raised more than $160,000 for the two programs.

The tournament is July 13th-15th at the Rawls course.

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