Kaufman Helps Texas Tech Climb to Sixth at NCAA West Regional|
May 11, 2012
ERIE, Colo. - On a cold and rainy Friday, Kim Kaufman was nothing but consistent.
The junior pared her first 14 holes and then birdied the 16th and 17th before just missing three-straight on the 18th to lead Texas Tech on the second day of the NCAA West Regional with a 1-under 71 round at the Colorado National Golf Club.
"Kim was on it today," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "To play that consistent in weather like this is really impressive. Every time I turned around she was right in the middle of the fairway and on the green, and when she does that, she's hard to beat."
With Kaufman leading the way, the Lady Raiders moved from 10th to start the day into sole possession of sixth thanks to a 6-over 294 that put Tech 18-over for the tournament and in position to possibly advance to its second NCAA Championships appearance.
Tech will need another solid outing on Saturday in order to advance as only five strokes separate fifth place Baylor from Colorado and Illinois in ninth place at 22-over. Pepperdine and California finished the day seventh and eighth, respectively, at 20 and 21-over.
"It's a great feeling to sleep on," Kaufman said after seeing the final results. "Gabby finished with a good birdie and it's exciting and good momentum to take into tomorrow. If we come out and have a day like today, it will be really good."
Kaufman wasn't the only Lady Raider shooting near par, though. Gabby Dominguez fired a 1-over 73 that was boosted by birdies on both the par-5 15th and the par-4 18th, while Elin Arvidsson and Hannah Arnold added 3-over performances to complete Tech's card.
Dominguez' birdie on the 18th from 10 feet out moved her a shot back of Kaufman on the tournament leaderboard with Kaufman tied for sixth at even-par and Dominguez a stroke back in a tie for eighth overall.
"It's fun to see the girls all excited and playing well and cheering for each other," Robertson said. "Just got to put it together for one more day."
Arvidsson and Arnold are just a stroke apart at eight and nine-over for the tournament. Deborah DeVilla, meanwhile, finished 7-over on the day to move to 15-over overall.
The Lady Raiders battled the elements from the onset as rain streamed down and temperatures dropped to the low 40s beginning with the opening hole.
Despite the conditions, Stanford maintained its first day lead as the Cardinal shot 5-over on the day to finish one stroke up on second-place LSU at 4-over. The Tigers have a five-stroke gap on North Carolina and UCLA, who are tied for third at 10-over.
DeVilla will be the first Lady Raider to tee off the final round Saturday morning as she is set to begin at 9:36 a.m. CT from the 10th hole. Tech will be paired with UCLA and Baylor over the final 18 holes.