Lady Raiders Climb Leaderboard at NCAA Central Regional|
May 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech climbed the leaderboard at the NCAA Central Regional Friday as the Lady Raiders moved into a tie for sixth place after a 7-over-par 295 second round at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
The Lady Raiders, who started the day tied for 15th overall, finished with the third-lowest second round score in the 24-team field that was one shot lower than Tech's first-round card. Tech was the only team to fire a lower second-round score than its first-day total.
"Today was a good day," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I think we're all pleased to be in the position we're in, but we did get off to a rough start and making the turn we got a lot of birdies on the back side. I think once they got past the 18th hole, which was our ninth, they relaxed and knew they had some good holes ahead of them."
Tech enters Saturday's final round needing to finish among the top eight teams in order to advance to the NCAA Championships for just the second time in program history.
Mississippi State and UC Davis joined Tech in a tie for sixth place at 16-over for the tournament as the three teams are a stroke back of Arizona State and Coastal Carolina for fourth and two back of Florida in third place.
Tech will have to hold off four other challengers, though, as well, beginning with Michigan State and NC State, who are tied for 10th just a stroke back of the Lady Raiders. TCU is also in 11th at 17-over while Wisconsin is in 12th place at 19-over for the tournament.
"I think the message is to control what we can control," Robertson added. "We can't affect anyone else's score. All we can do is go out and play the way we did today. You're never out of it so we just have to keep fighting out there and take advantage of the holes we have wedges and make some putts and see what happens."
Gabby Dominguez led the Lady Raiders for the second-straight day as she followed a 1-over 73 opening round with an even-par card that moved the senior up the individual leaderboard into a tie for 10th overall. She is eight strokes back of tournament leader Emily Collins of Oklahoma.
Kim Kaufman and Beverly Mendoza improved on their first-round scores as well with a pair of 73 cards, sliding the duo into a tie for 24th at 3-over for the tournament. Elin Arvidsson completed Tech's card with a 5-over 77, while Hannah Arnold signed an 80 second round score.
The Lady Raiders will be paired with Arizona State and Coastal Carolina when the final round begins Saturday morning. Arnold will lead Tech off with an 8:36 a.m. start from the No. 10 tee box.