Texas Tech women’s golf to compete in sixth NCAA Regional in last seven seasons May 5-7.
Lady Raiders will begin the hunt for the programs first Big 12 Championship Friday morning.
Texas Tech was only team to shoot under par in final round
Texas Tech finishes four strokes off the lead following first two rounds of Red Raider Invitational.
Sophomore Lauren Mason ties for first at event.
Texas Tech women's golf at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla.
Big 12 Women's Golf Championships - Sunday
Big 12 Women's Golf Championships - Saturday
Big 12 Women's Golf Championships - Friday
2012-13 Women's Golf Headshots
In six seasons as Texas Tech's head women's golf coach, JoJo Robertson has turned the Lady Raiders into one of the top programs in the country and a consistent NCAA Tournament participant.
It only makes sense that the Red Raiders would reach the NCAA Tournament in each of her first four years as head coach, considering Robertson made it to the NCAA Tournament in all but one season as a player, assistant coach and head coach since her playing days at Oklahoma State.
Robertson recorded a program-best finish in the 2015 NCAA championships as her team ended its season tied for fifth place nationally overall - its best finish ever in a women's golf national championship in only its second appearance in program history.
Since being named the fourth head coach in program history on June 25, 2009, Robertson and the Lady Raiders have advanced to NCAA Regional play in five of the past six seasons as a team.
The Lady Raiders have finished ninth or higher at a regional three times during Robertson's tenure, beginning in 2010 at the NCAA East Regional and then again in 2012 at the West Regional held in Colorado. Texas Tech then recorded its highest regional finish ever in 2015 when the Lady Raiders finished in a tie for fifth place at the San Antonio Regional.
Tech won its 8th and 9th team titles in 2013-14 since Robertson took over in 2009 - the most by any head coach in a five-year span.
One of the most impressive facts about of Robertson's success has been that she has succeeded while playing with relativley youthful roster. During her first three seasons, Robertson had only two seniors - Rosalyn Kim in (2010) and Alex Gibson in (2011).
One of her best seasons came in 2011-12 when the Lady Raiders boasted a roster that did not include a single senior player, but managed to win tournament titles at both the Texas State Challenge and Mountain View Collegiate. The 2011-12 season marked only the fourth time in school history, and first time since the 1995-96 campaign, where Texas Tech won multiple tournaments in a season.
Despite falling just shy of advancing to the national tournament later in the year, Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships where they finished tied for eighth. The eighth place finishes marked the highest finish for a Lady Raider individual in school history. The two juniors joined Rosalyn Kim as the only individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championships after Kim advanced during Robertson's first season in 2010.
Dominguez and Kaufman were eventually named honorable mention All-Americans by both the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and Golfweek Magazine following the season. Texas Tech had not previously had a women's golfer earn All-American accolades since Brooke Lawrence in the 1995-96 season.
The pair also wrapped the year ranked among the top 50 individuals of the Golfweek poll en route to becoming the first Texas Tech players to earn All-Big 12 accolades since Jamie Vannoy in 2000.
The Lady Raiders have rewrittenthe school record book under Robertson's tutelage as Dominguez and Kaufman both finished with the two lowest single-season stroke averages in program history in 2013.
As a team, Texas Tech has posted nine of the top 12 lowest 54-hole scores in school history under Robertson, most noticeably a pair of 856 scores carded first in the 2012 Westbrook Spring Invitational and then again in the 2014-15 season at the Web.com Invitational.Texas Tech has also finished in the top 10 a total of 53 times over Robertson's tenure as head coach, including nine first place finishes. In her first year alone, the Lady Raiders finished in the top 10 in all but one tournament as Texas Tech also picked up its first team title at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Classic, only the second event during her tenure.
Robertson has also helped oversee a transformation of The Rawls Course during her tenure as the $3.7 million clubhouse and team facility project was completed prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. Already one of the premier collegiate courses in the country, the clubhouse and team facility additions allow Texas Tech to host several of the top tournaments in the country while also giving the Lady Raiders state-of-the-art dressing and team areas. At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the Rawls Golf Course was ranked the second best golf course to play in the state of Texas, and the nation’s fourth best campus golf course.
Prior to her hiring at Texas Tech, Robertson, who has regional ties and played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State, helped lead Purdue to back-to-back Big Ten Championships. The Roswell, N.M., native also was instrumental in Purdue's four-straight top-10 NCAA Championship finishes, including runner-up and fourth-place finishes in 2007 and 2008.
Under Robertson's tutelage, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and Purdue women's golfer Maria Hernandez won the 2009 NCAA Championship and the 2008 and 2009 conference individual titles. In just her second season, the 2006 squad turned in one of the most successful seasons in program history that culminated in an NCAA Championship berth. The Boilermakers won a school-record six tournaments, including the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA West Regional Championship.
The 1995 and 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion, Robertson enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career at Oklahoma State, which included three team conference championships. Her amateur career included a ranking of No. 11 in Golfweek Magazine's Female Amateur List in 1997 as well as being named one of the top 10 amateurs by Golf Digest. Robertson participated in the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Opens, making the cut in 1998. Additionally, in 1998, she was a member of the United States Curtis Cup team.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks as a coach, Robertson was an assistant professional at Spring River Golf Course in Roswell from 1999-2000. While playing on the Futures Professional Tour from 2000-02, she was also an assistant professional at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course through 2004.
She and her husband John Weast reside in Lubbock.