Lady Raiders Finish Seventh at Big 12 Championships|
April 27, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech recorded its highest finish in the last three years at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship Sunday as the Lady Raiders held the course from the second round to finish in seventh place. Tech finished 11th and 12th, respectably, the last two years after coming in sixth in 2005.
Tech wrapped up the three-day event with a 122-over 986 on the challenging terrain of the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. Despite sitting just two shots back of sixth place entering the day, the Lady Raiders were unable to move up from its seventh position.
Freshman Stephanie Smith led the way for Tech on the day with her best showing of the tournament at eight-over 80. The Woodlands, Texas, product finished the event tied for 33rd at 32-over 248 (87-81-80). Megan Dowdy tallied the Lady Raiders' highest finish of the tournament with a 29th-place tie at 31-over 247 (85-76-86). Robyn Scott carded an 83 on the day to join Smith at 33rd with a 248 (85-80-83), and Ulrika Van Niekerk finished tied for 38th at 34-over 250 (84-81-85). Rosalyn Kim rounded off Tech's scoring with a 256 (80-89-87) to tie for 48th.
No. 9-ranked and tournament-host Oklahoma State took the team crown with a 48-over 912. No. 22 Texas A&M (939) finished 27 strokes back in second, while No. 21 Texas (958) came in third. Missouri (959) came in fourth with Oklahoma (965), Nebraska (968) and Tech (986) finishing fifth through seventh. Kansas State (989), Iowa State (994), Kansas (998), Colorado (1002) and Baylor (1021) rounded out the team standings.
After turning in one of its best years in program history, Tech will now await word on if it will receive a berth in NCAA regional competition May 8-10. Official announcement will come tomorrow, April 28, at 3 p.m. CT at www.ncaasports.com.