Lady Raiders Take Commanding Lead After Two Rounds in Colorado|
Gabby Dominguez finished tied for second after two rounds at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic Monday.
Sept. 10, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team started its season off in style Monday as the Lady Raiders opened the Ptarmigan Ram Classic with an 11-stroke lead after two rounds in Windsor, Colo.
"Today was a great way to start the tournament," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I'm so pleased with our players' efforts out there. We'll go into tomorrow and try to save a few shots that we left out there and hopefully we can turn in another solid round."
The Lady Raiders finished with four players ranked in the top 20 with Dominguez and Kaufman leading the way in a tie for second as the two seniors trail New Mexico's Manon DeRoey by three strokes for the overall lead.
Dominguez took the 18-hole lead early in the day with a 5-under 67 card that was the lowest over both rounds in the 90-player field. The Chilton, Texas native followed the performance with a 1-over score during the afternoon session that left Dominguez in position to vie for her third career individual tournament title during the final round.
Kaufman, meanwhile, ended the day looking for her first career medalist honor as she fired an even-par 72 during the morning before coming back with four birdies and no bogeys later in the day. The Clark, S.D. native has finished in the top 10 of the tournament in each of the past two seasons with her best performance coming in a fourth-place showing in 2010.
Beverly Mendoza and Hannah Arnold completed Tech's card with 2-over and 5-over days that left the two juniors inside the top 20 with Mendoza tied for 10th and Arnold tied for 18th overall. Elin Arvidsson is tied for 52nd after combining to shoot 10-over as well.
New Mexico wrapped the day in second place at 10-over with Louisville trailing three strokes back in third overall. Baylor, UNLV and Nevada rounded out the top five with the Lady Bears sitting in fourth at 15-over and the Rebels and Wolfpack tied for fifth at 18-over.
The final round will tee off with a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start Tuesday morning. The Lady Raiders will be paired with New Mexico and Louisville over the final 18 holes.