Pair of Women's Golfers Among Top 20|
April 18, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Ulrika Van Niekerk and Gloriana Soto were the bright spots for the Texas Tech women's golf team this week as the pair finished tied in 17th and 20th places, respectively, at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championships at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Texas.
Soto began the day in a 13th-place tie and fell to 20th after posting a 79 in the final round, while van Niekerk struggled out of the chutes with a final-round 81. van Niekerk sat in fourth place following the second round Tuesday, but suffered through four bogeys and a double bogey on her first five holes to set the pace for the day. The Cape Town, South Africa, native shot 74-78-81, while Soto carded rounds of 75-80-79.
The Red Raiders, who sat in sixth place and found themselves two shots out of second place after the opening round, finished 11th in the 12-team field. Tech turned in rounds of 310, 320 and 328.
The 14th-ranked Aggies of Texas A&M won the event by five strokes over No. 11 Oklahoma State, while No. 36 Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma rounded out the top five. Colorado, Kansas State, No. 43 Missouri, Kansas and Texas completed the top 10, while Iowa State finished 12th behind Texas Tech.
Kansas' Amanda Costner won individual medalist honors with a three-stroke win over 14th-ranked Ashley Knoll of Texas A&M. Costner's five-over 77 in the final round was enough to hold off Knoll, who shot the only under-par round of the day at 71.