Lady Raiders Move Up Two Spots After Big 12 Second Round
Kim Kaufman fired a 3-over 73 to lead the Lady Raiders Saturday.
April 28, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kim Kaufman shot a 3-over 73 to help lead Texas Tech up the leaderboard Saturday during the third round of the Big 12 Championships at the Lawrence Country Club.
A day after blustery winds and wet conditions led the Lady Raiders to a 46-over card, Tech responded with a 23-over 303 to move up from ninth to seventh place enter Sunday's final round.
"The conditions were definitely better today," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "We still didn't play our best but we've got one more day to come out here and play this golf course like we know we can."
Kaufman played a crucial part in Tech's move as the junior was even over the front nine before a few late bogeys, including a double on No. 18, disrupted what was a solid round that consisted of 12 pars and a pair of birdies.
The performance was good enough to move Kaufman into the top 20 individuals as she is now tied for 19th overall with teammates Gabby Dominguez and Deborah DeVilla at 18-over for the tournament after the pair fired 9-over and 5-over rounds.
"The biggest thing after yesterday was there wasn't a lot of pressure on us," Kaufman said. "We came out with nothing to lose and when you shoot that bad, there's nothing more you want to do than come out and play even better. I think we proved to everyone that we can."
Dominguez will have work to do Sunday if she wants to finish in the top 10 for the sixth-straight tournament as five strokes separate the three players from Pumpaika Phuntumabamrung (Iowa State) in 10th place.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma took control of the tournament lead with an even-par second round that put her two strokes in front of Hayley Davis from Baylor.
Despite being a stroke back of the trio at 19-over for the tournament, Beverly Mendoza did not have her score go to Tech's final card during the second round as she shot 10-over to finish in a tie for 28th overall.
Hannah Arnold completed Tech's card with a 6-over round that was boosted by a pair of birdies over the back nine. She enters the final day 25-over for the tournament and in a tie for 45th.
The Lady Raiders have a chance to move further up the leaderboard during Sunday's final round as Tech is six strokes back of sixth-place Texas and seven back of Texas A&M in fifth place. Oklahoma heads into the final round with a five-stroke lead in first after the Sooners were just 4-over Saturday.
Due to inclement weather projected in the area Sunday, the tournament's final round will return to a similar format as Friday when teams teed off from both the No. 1 and 10 holes.
Arnold is scheduled to be the first Tech player on the box with an 8:56 a.m. tee time from the 10th hole. The Lady Raiders will be paired with Kansas State over the final 18 holes.
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