No. 15 Texas Tech Wraps Challenge at Onion Creek in Fourth Place|
Hannah Arnold recorded her best career finish Tuesday at the Challenge at Onion Creek.
April 2, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 15 Texas Tech closed the Challenge at Onion Creek in fourth place Tuesday after a 6-over-par 286 final round at the Onion Creek Club in Austin, Texas.
The final-round card left the Lady Raiders with a 32-over 872 score that was 10 strokes back of team champion Gonzaga. Host Texas State finished second at 25-over while Kennesaw State came in third two strokes in front of Tech.
"This wasn't our best effort and our players know that," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I think we will learn a lot from this, though, and we'll be ready to go next week in Florida."
Gabby Dominguez and Hannah Arnold led the Lady Raiders over the final 18 holes as the pair fired a 1-under 69 and an even-par 70. Arnold finished with Tech's lowest three-round score as she recorded a 7-over 217 that left her in a tie for 10th overall, her best career finish.
Beverly Mendoza and Elin Arvidsson completed Tech's card with 73 and 74 cards. Mendoza finished a stroke up on Dominguez at 10-over and in a tie for 19th while Mendoza wrapped the tournament at 15-over and in a tie for 28th overall. Dominguez concluded the event just outside the top 20 in a tie for 21st place.
Kim Kaufman, meanwhile, entered the day among the top-five individuals, but a 7-over 77 final round, her highest 18-hole score this year, dropped her into a tie for 15th, one stroke in front of Arvidsson. It was only the second time in nine events this year where the current fifth-ranked player in the country did not finish in the top 10 individuals.
Tech's lone other player, Kimmy Hill, continued her strong play from the previous day with a 2-over final round that moved her to 8-over and in a tie for 12th overall. Hill was playing the event as an individual.
Gonzaga's Han Wu and Texas State's Krista Puisite shared medalist honors as the pair finished even-par for the tournament.
The Lady Raiders will have their final tune-up prior to the Big 12 Championships next week as Tech will compete in the Marsh Landing Invitational on April 8-9 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Big 12 Championships will be held just over a week later, April 19-21, at The Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa.