No. 20 Lady Raider Golf Heads to Puerto Rico|
Kim Kaufman enters the spring as the No. 1 golfer in the country.
Feb. 9, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team will make its first tournament appearance of the spring Sunday as the 20th-ranked Lady Raiders open the first of three rounds at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic held in Rio Grande.
The Lady Raiders, who are heading to Puerto Rico to open the spring for the fourth-straight season, will face a challenging field that boasts eight of the top 30 teams in the nation, including No. 6 Alabama, No. 9 Purdue and No. 13 Arkansas.
"We're excited to get going against one of the top fields in the country," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "Most of our team has played in this tournament several times, so we feel comfortable heading into the first round. Hopefully we can shoot a few low rounds and be in contention at the start of the final day."
Tech's best finish at the tournament came a year ago when the Lady Raiders came in seventh overall. Gabby Dominguez and Kim Kaufman both finished among the top 15 individuals to lead Tech as Dominguez wrapped the 54-hole event in seventh place while Kaufman was in a tie for 12th overall.
The two seniors will join freshman Kimmy Hill and juniors Hannah Arnold and Beverly Mendoza in the event which begins with a shotgun start Sunday morning. Kaufman enters the tournament ranked as the No. 1 player in the country according to Golfweek as the Clark, S.D. native averaged just 71.5 strokes per round with three top-10 finishes in four events.
The tournament begins with a 6 a.m. (CT) shotgun start Sunday morning at the Rio Mar Country Club. Fans can keep up with the results throughout the day at www.golfstat.com.