Lady Raiders Conclude Big 12 Championships in Seventh Place|
Beverly Mendoza finished just outside the top 20 after the final round Sunday afternoon.
April 29, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite its lowest card of the three-day Big 12 Championships, the 29th-ranked Texas Tech women's golf team finished in seventh place Sunday following the final round at the Lawrence Country Club.
The Lady Raiders had to battle wet and cold conditions for the second time in the tournament as play was suspended midway through the front nine as a storm cell went through the area.
Tech did not falter, though, as the Lady Raiders' 15-over 295 card was their lowest of the tournament and second-lowest in the 10-team field over the final 18 holes.
The Lady Raiders finished with an 84-over 924 final score that was three strokes back of Texas A&M for sixth place. Oklahoma claimed the tournament title after a 16-over final round left the Sooners 64-over and seven strokes up on second-place Texas.
Texas was the only team to have a lower final round than Tech after the Longhorns fired an 8-over card to move a stroke up on third-place Baylor and two up on both Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
The bottom of Tech's lineup boosted the Lady Raiders over the final round as Deborah DeVilla finished with a 3-over 73 that was trailed just a stroke back by Gabby Dominguez, Beverly Mendoza, and Hannah Arnold.
DeVilla and Dominguez were the only Tech players to finish among the top 20 individuals with DeVilla tied for 16th with a 21-over 231 and Dominguez a stroke back in a tie for 20th overall.
Mendoza was just a shade back of Dominguez in a tie for 23rd at 23-over, while Kim Kaufman, despite her score not counting on Tech's final round card, finished tied for 30th at 26-over after shooting 8-over over the final 18 holes. Arnold, who was just 10-over for the final two rounds, finished in 37th place at 29-over for the tournament.
The Lady Raiders will not wait long to hear their postseason fate as the NCAA Regional selections will be announced via an online webcast on www.ncaa.com at 8 p.m. Monday evening.