Lady Raider Golf Set for NCAA Regional Championships
May 4, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team will look for its first NCAA Championships berth when the Lady Raiders tee off at the East Regional Championships on Thursday morning at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Lady Raiders are the No. 15 seed in the 24-team regional that is being co-hosted by Stetson University and the Central Florida Sports Commission. The top eight teams and top two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which are May 17-20 in College Station, Texas.
Head coach JoJo Robertson will stick with her usual lineup of sophomores Gabby Dominguez, Deborah DeVilla, and Kim Kaufman, senior Alex Gibson, and freshman Hannah Arnold. The group has finished in the top eight of its last four tournaments.
Tech, which fell one place shy of advancing to the national championship tournament last year, is coming off a sixth place showing at the Big 12 Championships a little over a week ago. The Lady Raiders took the opening round lead, but fell down the leaderboard the next two days as Texas eventually claimed the team title.
Tech was led by DeVilla throughout the conference tournament as the sophomore wrapped the three-day event in eighth place, earning all-tournament honors. It marked her first top 10 finish as a Lady Raider.
Dominguez was Tech's only other player in the top 20, finishing in a tie for 15th after a 2-under final round. The sophomore enters Thursday's first round with Tech's lowest stroke average (74.8), having placed in the top 20 of every tournament this spring.
Gibson has Tech's only individual title on the year, winning the Baylor Invitational by a double-digit stroke lead. Kaufman barely trails Dominguez for the team's lowest stroke average at 75.0, while Arnold recorded her lowest 18 hole score of the season at the Big 12 Championships, firing a 1-over 73 that placed her in the top 10 after only one round.
The Lady Raiders, who are paired with Louisville and Mississippi during the first two rounds, will tee off at 11:30 a.m. (CT) Thursday. Golfstat will be providing live scoring of the event on its website, www.golfstat.com.