Kaufman Earns Individual Title as Weather Ends Landfall Tradition|
Oct. 28, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's golfer Kim Kaufman picked up her first individual title Sunday after thunderstorms from by Hurricane Sandy caused the second and final rounds of the Landfall Tradition to be canceled.
Storms around the Wilmington, N.C. area forced the second round to be halted Saturday afternoon with most of the 17-team field making the turn to the back nine. The second round was scheduled to resume early Sunday morning with the final 18 holes to immediately follow.
Because the second round could not be completed, the tournament used only first round scores where Kaufman fired a tournament-best 5-under 67 to help lead the Lady Raiders into a tie for third overall.
"We are extremely happy for Kim who has continued her great play and got her first college win this weekend," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "The weather was not ideal which makes Kim's 67 even more impressive. We are pleased with the team's third-place finish and feel that we had a successful fall season."
Kaufman had previously finished as the tournament runner-up three times in her career, including in the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Classic. She has now finished among the top-15 individuals in all four of Tech's events this year.
Beverly Mendoza finished tied for fifth individually as she fired a 1-under 71 Friday. It was her second top-five performance this year as she ended the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in fourth place.
Oklahoma State claimed the team title after the Cowgirls totaled a 4-over 292 first round that was a stroke better than second-place Duke and two better than the Lady Raiders and Purdue.
Tech opens its spring slate Feb. 10-12 when the Lady Raiders travel to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic held in San Juan.