Dominguez, Kaufman Lead Texas Tech to Second Place Finish
The Lady Raiders finished a stroke off the lead in second place Tuesday.
(Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Athletics)
Oct. 18, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Led by the lowest round of the day, Texas Tech made a run up the leaderboard Tuesday, wrapping the Susie Berning Maxwell Classic a stroke back of Oklahoma for the tournament title.
The Lady Raiders, who entered 11 strokes back of second-day leader Texas A&M, finished with a 9-over 297 final round that helped Tech work its way up from fourth place all the way to a share of the tournament lead during the back nine.
While the Aggies struggled on the final day, Oklahoma finished just a stroke better than Tech thanks to a 12-over card that left the Sooners 14-over for the tournament. Texas A&M finished with a 24-over final round and fell into a tie for third with Florida State at 19-over.
"We had tough conditions today and our team showed up ready to play," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said, referring to the mid-40 degree temperatures at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman, Okla. "I'm pleased with what we did this week. We'll go home now and work on getting better for next week."
While Kim Kaufman fought for the individual title, Gabby Dominguez was helping lead the Tech charge with a 3-under 69 card that was one of only two sub-70 rounds during the day. The performance helped Dominguez move from 22nd at the beginning of the day to a tie for third, her second top-five finish of the year.
Kaufman, meanwhile, continued to stay around even-par throughout the day, finishing 1-over thanks to a bogey on her second-to-last hole. She wrapped the tournament in second place at 3-over, three strokes back from individual champion Anne Tanguay of Oklahoma, who finished 1-under to maintain the second-day lead.
"Gabby's round was one of the best I've seen," Robertson said. "To not have a bogey in that cold win was awesome to see. She's close to breaking through and so is Kim. They both played extremely well to lead us this week."
Beverly Mendoza battled the conditions to fire a 6-over card that left her in a tie for 26th overall at 10-over for the tournament. Deborah DeVilla also chipped in another solid round at 5-over, moving her to 15-over and in a tie for 36th overall.
Freshman Elin Arvidsson struggled for the second-straight day, finishing 13-over on the round and 24-over for the tournament. The Sweden product started off the tournament 1-over during Sunday's opening round.
The Lady Raiders will take nearly two weeks off before returning to the links on Oct. 30 for the UTSA Alamo Invitational. The two-day tournament will take place at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio.
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