Texas Tech Claims Ptarmigan Ram Classic Tournament Title|
The Lady Raiders won their fifth tournament title under JoJo Robertson Tuesday afternoon.
Sept. 11, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - For JoJo Robertson, the 2012-13 Texas Tech women's golf season could not have started on a better note.
The Lady Raiders claimed the Ptarmigan Ram Classic tournament title Tuesday in Windsor, Colo. with a tournament-best 3-under 285 card that left Texas Tech with a 27-stroke lead, the second-largest in school history.
"This was a great way to start the year and the win was a total team effort this week," said Robertson, who picked up her fifth tournament title during her tenure. "Our players played the way you want them to with the lead and never let up. They have set some challenging goals for themselves and this was a great start to achieving them."
Backed by three players among the top-four individuals, the Lady Raiders finished with the program's largest margin of victory since winning the 1992 Wichita State Shocker Fall Classic by a record 40 strokes.
It was also just the third time Tech had opened its season with a tournament title as the Lady Raiders also won the 1993 Susie Maxwell Berning Classic and 1995 Chip-N-Club Invitational.
Tech entered the final round with an 11-stroke lead that quickly grew as the round progressed as the Lady Raiders fired their second-straight under par card to finish with a 3-under 860 that was the third-lowest 54-hole card in program history.
Depth was key for Tech throughout the tournament as all five Lady Raiders finished in the top 20, led by Kim Kaufman who was the tournament runner-up after a 1-under 71 left her four strokes back of medalist Manon DeRoey of New Mexico.
Kaufman finished second for the third time in her career as she wrapped the tournament with a 5-under 211 that matched the fourth-lowest 54-hole total in school history. It was also the third-straight year the senior had finished in the top 10 at the event.
She was joined in the top five by Gabby Dominguez and Beverly Mendoza, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Dominguez fired a 1-over 73 card to conclude the tournament at 3-under while Mendoza shot her first under-par card of the week with a 2-under round that moved her to even-par overall. The fourth-place finish and 216 final card both marked career bests for the Philippines native.
No other squad in the 17-team field was able to shoot even-par or better over the three rounds as No. 20 Baylor finished second at 23-over, four strokes up on third-place UNLV.
The Lady Raiders continue their fall schedule Oct. 1-2 in Golf, Ill., for the Windy City Collegiate.