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Beverly Mendoza finished in a tie for 10th Monday at the Texas State Challenge.

Nov. 7, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Backed by three players in the top 10, Texas Tech took the opening day lead of the Texas State Challenge Monday, finishing with a three-stroke advantage after two rounds at Onion Creek Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

The Lady Raiders opened with an 8-over 288 first round during the morning session before returning later in the afternoon to fire an 11-over card that kept Tech ahead of second-place UTSA. Michigan sits six strokes back of Tech in third at 25-over for the tournament.

"We had a good day," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "We have a more work ahead of us tomorrow, and I know the team is excited about the position we are in. We are looking forward to the opportunity to finish it."

With Kim Kaufman having an unusual off day, the rest of the Tech lineup picked up the slack with Gabby Dominguez leading the way in a two-way tie for first at 1-under.

The junior opened with an even-par 70 before notching six birdies over the next 18 holes for a 1-under card in the afternoon. She is tied with Michigan's Linda Luo while Fabiola Arriaga of UTSA is two strokes back in third place.

Deborah DeVilla remains in contention as well atop the individual leaderboard as she finished with 1-under and 3-over cards. Beverly Mendoza wrapped the day a few strokes back in a tie for 10th following 2-over and 4-over rounds.

Kaufman, meanwhile, wrapped one of her toughest days of her career as she combined to shoot 12-over and finish in a tie for 34th overall. The 15th-ranked player in the nation will have some work to do Tuesday as she will be looking to finish in the top 20 for the fifth time this season.

Elin Arvidsson completed Tech's lineup with 10-over and 12-over cards that did not count towards the Lady Raiders' individual round scores.

The Lady Raiders will be looking for their third tournament title during Robertson's tenure when play resumes Tuesday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.



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