No. 15 Texas Tech in Fourth Place After Two Rounds in Austin|
Kim Kaufman wrapped the first day of the Challenge at Onion Creek in a tie for third place Monday.
April 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kim Kaufman led No. 15 Texas Tech over the first two rounds of the Challenge at Onion Creek Monday as the senior wrapped the opening day tied for third overall.
Kaufman fired an even-par 70 opening round before coming back with a 72 score later in the day. She enters Tuesday's final round four strokes back of first-day leader Krista Puisite of Texas State.
The performance boosted a Tech lineup that will have plenty of work to do over the final 18 holes in order to defend its team title. The Lady Raiders combined to shoot a 26-over-par 586 card over the first two rounds which is 19 strokes back of Gonzaga in fourth place.
Gonzaga used a 1-under 279 opening round and then an 8-over score in the afternoon to take a six-stroke lead over host Texas State. Kennesaw State is in third place four strokes ahead of Tech.
Elin Arvidsson and Kimmy Hill were the only other Lady Raiders to finish among the top-20 individuals as the pair are 6-over and tied for 17th overall. Hill's score did not count to either of Tech's team scores, though, as she was playing as an individual.
Hannah Arnold had Tech's next-lowest first-day score as she combined to shoot 7-over which was good enough for a tie for 21st overall. Gabby Dominguez and Beverly Mendoza both finished 12-over and in a tie for 36th individually.
The Lady Raiders led entering the final round a year ago before finishing with a four-stroke victory. Tech is aiming for its fourth tournament title this year which would snap the school's single-season record from the 1993-94 season.
Tech will get its chance to rally beginning with an 8:30 p.m. shotgun start Tuesday morning at the Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas. Fans can keep up with the results throughout the day at www.golfstat.com.