Lady Raiders Remain in Contention After UTSA Second Round|
Gabby Dominguez fired a 4-under 68 Monday to keep Texas Tech in contention.
Oct. 31, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech put itself in position to make a final-day run at the UTSA Alamo Invitational Monday as the 20th-ranked Lady Raiders combined to shoot 5-under at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio.
The 283 card helped move Tech from seventh to fifth overall thanks to the second-lowest round of the day that ranked only behind Nebraska' tournament-record 8-under card that moved the Huskers atop the leaderboard at 2-under overall.
The Lady Raiders, who are now 4-over for the tournament after a 9-over round on Sunday, are a stroke back of TCU in fourth place and four shots behind Baylor and the host Roadrunners, who both fired 5-under cards Monday.
"We had a great team effort today," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I thought our entire lineup competed the whole day and set themselves up nicely for tomorrow. Hopefully we can come out with a similar approach and make another solid run."
Tech's 14 stroke improvement from its opening two rounds can be partially credited to the play of Gabby Dominguez, who dropped five birdies during the back nine to finish with a 4-under 68 card that is the lowest so far for the tournament.
Dominguez wrapped Sunday's first round at 7-over after going 3-over with two double-bogeys over the final nine holes to finish in 60th place. Her second round performance, though, moved the junior all the way into a tie for 26th overall.
Like Dominguez, Kim Kaufman bounced back from a shaky opening round as the junior finished 2-under to move to even-par for the tournament. After a triple-bogey on the opening hole, Kaufman responded to nail six birdies the rest of the day to finish in a tie for 10th, four strokes back of tournament leaders Hayley Davis of Baylor and Monifa Sealy of Central Florida.
She also trails teammate Elin Arvidsson by only a stroke now after the freshman drilled an eagle from 150 yards out on the 18th to finish even on the day and 1-under for the tournament.
Tech's final score on the day came from Beverly Mendoza, who had back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th to finish with a 1-over card while also moving to 4-over for the tournament. Deborah DeVilla trailed Mendoza by a stroke at 2-over to drop to 7-over individually as well.
Tuesday's final round will be a shotgun start with the entire field teeing off at 8:30 a.m. Fans can keep up with Tech's progress throughout the day by visiting www.golfstat.com.