Strong Final Round Keeps No. 20 Texas Tech in Third Place|
Kimmy Hill recorded her first career top-20 finish Tuesday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Feb. 12, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech had three players shoot even-par or better Wednesday en route to finishing just shy of second place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic held at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande.
The 20th-ranked Lady Raiders wrapped the final round with an even-par 288 card, their lowest score over three days, which left Tech at 21-over-par for the tournament, one stroke back of second-place Arkansas.
Tech's third-place finish marks its best-ever showing in four visits to the prestigious Lady Puerto Rico Classic, topping last year's seventh-place performance.
For the third-straight day, Kim Kaufman led the Lady Raiders over the final round as the top-ranked player in the country overcame a bogey on the par-4 first to record four birdies en route to a 3-under 69 card.
It was the only sub-70 round in the 84-player field and was good enough to move Kaufman into a tie for second place individually at 2-under for the tournament. She finished just a stroke back of individual medalist Emily Tubert of Arkansas.
Kaufman was joined under-par by fellow senior Gabby Dominguez, who fired a 2-under 70 score to move to 10-over and into a tie for 22nd overall with teammate Hannah Arnold. Arnold fired an even-par 72 card over the final 18 holes.
Kimmy Hill and Elin Arvidsson completed Tech's card with 5-over 77 scores. Hill finished tie for 18th at 9-over, marking her first career top-20 finish, while Arvidsson wrapped the tournament tied for 28th overall.
Tech came into the final round tied with TCU for third place and 10 strokes back of second-place Arkansas. TCU finished fourth at 31-over followed by Iowa State one stroke back from the Horned Frogs in fifth place.
The Lady Raiders return to the links in less than two weeks at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, held Feb. 24-25 in Peoria, Ariz.