Kaufman In Contention After One Round at NCAA Championships|
Kim Kaufman finished tied for ninth after the first round of the NCAA Championships Tuesday.
May 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kim Kaufman's opening round Tuesday at the NCAA Championships left her right where she wanted to be - in contention.
The Texas Tech junior, behind four birdies on the back nine, fired a 2-under 70 at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. to wrap the opening day in a three-way tie for ninth.
"Kim got off to a slow start but then settled down," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I think she hit 17 of 18 greens and then birdied four holes on the back nine. That's kind of how Kim is. Once she gets some confidence in her putter, she's nearly unstoppable."
Kaufman opened the morning round with bogeys on three of her first six holes before closing the front nine with birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. After a par on the tenth, Kaufman rolled off four birdies over her next five holes before wrapping the performance with three-straight pars.
She finished the day four strokes back of first-day leader Virginia's Portland Rosen, who was 7-under over the front nine before finishing with a 66 score that was a stroke better than Laura Gonzalez of Purdue. Kaufman finished with the best round among the six individuals not participating with a team.
Gabby Dominguez, meanwhile, finished the first day among the top half of the 126-player field as her 3-over 75 put her in a tie for 47th overall. The Chilton, Texas native, who started from the 10th tee box, had 13 pars during the opening round along with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
"Gabby played really well, also," said Robertson, who followed Dominguez throughout the first round. "She had a couple tough breaks and had a couple putts lip out there at the end. I think the difference for her tomorrow will be her putter because she was really hitting the ball well throughout the day."
The pair will be in the afternoon group when Wednesday's second round of the 72-hole tournament tees off. Kaufman will be in the 12:45 p.m. pairing from the first tee while Dominguez will once again start from the 10th hole three minutes later.