Kaufman, Mendoza Lead No. 24 Texas Tech During Opening Round

Kim Kaufman fired a tournament-best 5-under 67 card to lead Texas Tech Friday at the Landfall Tradition.

Oct. 26, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Kim Kaufman and Beverly Mendoza both fired under-par cards Friday to help lead 24th-ranked Texas Tech into a tie for third place after the opening round at the Landfall Tradition held in Wilmington, N.C.

Kaufman finished with a tournament-leading 5-under 67 while Mendoza added a 1-under 71 round for the Lady Raiders, who are two strokes back of first-day leader Oklahoma State after a 6-over 294 team total.

"I was pleased with how we played today," head coach JoJo Robertson said. "We talked about getting off to a good start and how important that was since we don't know what the weather is going to do. Kim played incredible today and Beverly hung tough to finish under par. Hopefully we get to finish the next two rounds."

Tech enters Saturday's second round tied with Purdue for third place and just one stroke back of second-place Duke. Notre Dame rounded out the top five as the Fighting Irish recorded an 8-over round.

For the Lady Raiders to remain in contention, they will likely need solid rounds from the rest of the lineup that consists of Elin Arvidsson, Hannah Arnold and Kimmy Hill.

Arvidsson and Hill completed Tech's opening-round card with 5-over and 7-over scores while Arnold struggled to shoot 13-over on the day. Arvidsson finished tied for 43rd overall while Hill was in a tie for 65th overall.

Kaufman, meanwhile, will be chasing her first career tournament title as the senior leads Oklahoma State's Kelsey Vines by two strokes with 36 holes to play. Her 67 card marked her third-lowest score of her career and also matched the season low for a Lady Raider this season.

She and Mendoza were two of just 10 players to shoot under par opening-round cards as Mendoza wrapped the day tied for fifth overall.

Arnold will be the first Tech player to begin Saturday's second round as she will hit the No. 1 tee box at the Landfall Country Club around 9:20 a.m.




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