No. 13 Texas Tech Leads After 36 Holes at Mountain View Invitational|
Hannah Arnold is one of four Lady Raiders in the top 10 at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational.
March 15, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team had four players among the top-10 individuals Friday as the 13th-ranked Lady Raiders took the opening round lead at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.
The Lady Raiders will look for their third team title already this season Saturday after taking a two-stroke lead over second-place Northern Arizona. Tech combined to shoot a 3-under-par 573 that was boosted by an 8-under card in the opening round.
The strong opening day puts Tech in contention to defend its team title from a year ago where the Lady Raiders took a seven-stroke victory over Iowa State. Tech has won three tournaments in a single-season only once previously which came during the 1993-94 campaign.
In addition to vying for the team title, most of Tech's lineup is in contention for medalist honors as well with Kim Kaufman leading the pack in a tie for third overall. Kaufman is 1-under for the tournament after a 3-under 69 opening round and then a 2-over card in the afternoon.
Kaufman is aiming for her seventh top-10 finish already this year in just eight events. She trails Kaitlen Parsons of Northern Arizona and Krista Puisite of Texas State after the pair both shot 4-under during the first 36 holes.
Hannah Arnold, Gabby Dominguez and Beverly Mendoza all trail Kaufman by just one stroke at even-par and in a tie for seventh overall. Elin Arvidsson is also in the top 20 as well at 3-over, while Kimmy Hill, who is playing as an individual, is tied for 52nd at 9-over for the tournament.
Besides leading Northern Arizona by two strokes, Tech also controls a four-stroke advantage over third-pace San Jose State and then 11 swings in front of both Texas State and Kansas State.
The 15-team field will conclude the tournament with a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start Saturday morning at the Mountain View Golf Club.