Lady Raiders Wrap Up Blustery First Day in Ninth Place
Beverly Mendoza finished 9-over to help lead the Lady Raiders Friday.
April 27, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The 29th-ranked Texas Tech women's golf team battled blustery conditions throughout the opening round of the Big 12 Championship Friday, ending the day in ninth place following a 46-over, 326 team score at the Lawrence Country Club.
The opening round was delayed twice throughout the opening 18 holes due to lightning in the area. Teams also had to work around winds that easily reached 25-30 miles per hour late in the round.
With the difficult conditions, Tech shot 15 strokes higher than its previous season high -- a 311 at both the Windy City Collegiate and the UTSA Alamo Invitational.
"Even in the conditions, everybody had a couple of birdies," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "Hannah (Arnold), even though she didn't play well, hit the ball good and didn't miss too many fairways. That's what we have to do tonight is remember everybody's shots and think of how we can get in better position tomorrow."
The Lady Raiders wrapped the day 15 strokes back of first-day leader Iowa State, which finished 31-over and two strokes up on Tech's playing partner throughout the first round, Baylor.
Beverly Mendoza and Gabby Dominguez posted Tech's lowest two rounds, each firing a 9-over, 79 that left the pair inside a tie for 15th overall. Dominguez' score marked her highest of the spring as the junior came into the tournament with a top-10 finish in each of the last six events.
Deborah DeVilla and Kim Kaufman completed Tech's final card with a 13-over 83 and 15-over 85, respectively. Despite the unusually high scores, the two juniors remain in contention, with DeVilla tied for 30th while Kaufman wrapped the day in a tie for 39th. Despite pars in each of her first five holes, Hannah Arnold had Tech's final score at 19-over.
Sasikam On-lam (Iowa State) and Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma) recorded the lowest two rounds on the day as the two finished 5-over and in a share of the tournament lead.
Tech and tournament host Kansas will be the first two teams on the course Saturday morning as Arnold will be the first to tee off at 8 a.m.
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