Lady Raiders Take Opening Round Lead at Big 12 Championships

Elin Arvidsson was one of three Lady Raiders in the top 20 Friday at the Big 12 Championships.

April 19, 2013

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AMES, Iowa - The Texas Tech women's golf team battled cold conditions Friday afternoon to take the opening-round lead at the Big 12 Championships being played at The Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa.

Facing not just cold but windy circumstances, the Lady Raiders managed to shoot a 28-over-par 316 that was one stroke better than second-place Oklahoma State and three in front of Baylor.

It marked the second time in the last three years that Tech opened the conference tournament with the first-day lead as the Lady Raiders also led in 2011 before finishing in sixth place.

"I am so proud of our team for the way they hung in there today," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "It was not easy out there and our team fought heard from start to finish. It was a great effort from the entire group."

Kim Kaufman powered Tech with a 3-over 75 opening round that put the senior one stroke off the individual lead. Baylor's Lauren Taylor claimed the first-day lead with a 2-over 74 card.

Kaufman was one of three Lady Raiders in the top 20 as Gabby Dominguez finished tied for sixth at 6-over while Elin Arvidsson ended the day tied for 15th overall following a 9-over card.

Beverly Mendoza wrapped the day just outside the top 20 in a tie for 24th after a 10-over opening round. Kimmy Hill also added a 20-over 92 score in her first-ever Big 12 Championships appearance.

Only 11 strokes separate Tech from eighth-place Texas enter Saturday's second round. Iowa State trails the Lady Raiders by four strokes in fourth place, while Oklahoma and Kansas remain six back in a tie for fifth. TCU also finished the day in seventh place with a one-stroke lead over the Longhorns.

Hill will be the first Lady Raider on the course Saturday as she tees off at 11:40 a.m. Tech will be paired with Baylor and Oklahoma State in the final group to reach the No. 1 tee box.




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