No. 11 Texas Tech Finishes Third at Clover Cup
Elin Arvidsson recorded her second-straight top-20 finish Sunday at the Notre Dame Clover Cup.
March 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 11 Texas Tech wrapped the Notre Dame Clover Cup in third place Sunday after a 5-over-par 293 final round at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
It was the Lady Raiders' fifth top-three finish this season as Tech wrapped the tournament with an 18-over 882 card. Tech's final round matched its total from the second round that was its lowest of the tournament.
After beginning the day in fourth place, Kim Kaufman helped push the Lady Raiders up the leaderboard with an even-par 72 final round. Tech quickly caught Northwestern during the front nine and then pushed SMU for second later in the day.
Kaufman concluded the tournament tied for fifth overall with a 1-under 215, marking her sixth top-five finish in seven events this season. The current second-ranked player in the country has finished among the top 15 in all seven tournament as well.
She was five strokes back of individual medalist Kristina Merkle (Tulsa), who fired a 6-under 66 final round to best Oklahoma's Chrapat Jao-Javanil by two strokes.
Hannah Arnold, meanwhile, recorded her best-career finish for the second-straight tournament as her 6-over 78 final round moved her into a tie for 12th overall. Arnold had previously finished tied for 15th at the Westbrook Spring Invitational just over a week ago.
Arnold's final round did not count to Tech's team total, though, as Beverly Mendoza tallied a 1-over card while Gabby Dominguez and Elin Arvidsson both recorded 2-over scores. Arvidsson finished tied for 17th overall for her second-straight top-20 showing.
Oklahoma held onto its large lead from the first 36 holes as the Sooners took the team title behind a 4-over 292 final round that was the lowest card on the day among the 16-team field. Oklahoma finished 2-under for the tournament, 18 strokes better than SMU in second place.
Texas Tech will play its third-straight tournament in the state of Arizona next weekend as the Lady Raiders will look to defend their Mountain View Collegiate title from a year ago. The two-day tournament begins Friday in Tucson, Ariz.