Texas Tech Tees Off Spring in Puerto Rico|
Feb. 14, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech women's golf team begins its spring schedule on Sunday when the Lady Raiders tee off at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Wyndham Rio Mar Resort and Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
No. 59 Tech is one of 12 teams out of the 15-team field that qualified for an NCAA Regional last season. The Lady Raiders will face No. 29 Auburn, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, Augusta State, No. 53 Georgia, No. 22 Iowa State, No. 25 Kent State, No. 117 Michigan, No. 81 Missouri, No. 15 NC State, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 66 Purdue, No. 43 TCU and No. 67 Tennessee.
"Puerto Rico is always one of our favorite trips on the calendar, having played there the last two years," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "This field is always strong. It's one of the reasons we like this tournament so much. First time out at the beginning of the spring, your're going out against the best competition there is."
The Lady Raiders are coming off of a successful fall campaign that included the program's eighth tournament win in the last four years when they captured the team title at The Challenge at Onion Creek in October.
It was also a first for junior Elin Arvidsson, who won her first individual title at a collegiate tournament with a 2-under par 208 total over the three rounds - the only player to finish under par.
"The win was awesome," Arvidsson said. "I felt like if I could win one time, then I go in thinking I can win the next event and then the next event. I'm not just expecting to get in the top 20 or top 10. I'm there to actually win the tournament now."
But it was sophomore Kimmy Hill who beat out Arvidsson for the lowest average in the fall with a 73.2 - just five-tenths better than Arvidsson's 73.7. Hill finished second at Onion Creek and then tied for fifth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with a 3-under 69 in her final round of the fall.
"Elin is such a hard worker and to see her have that kind of success is a lot of fun for me," Robertson said. "Kimmy is right behind her and the two of them are always pushing each other so it's great."
Redshirt freshman Victoria Uresti, junior transfer Stephanie Bertelsen and senior Hannah Arnold will join Arvidsson and Hill as Tech's squad at Rio Mar. The River Course plays as a par 72 at around 3,000 yards in distance.