Dominguez Qualifies for 2012 U.S. Women's Open
Gabby Dominguez qualified for the U.S. Women's Open Thursday afternoon.
May 31, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Less than a week after earning All-American honors, Gabby Dominguez continued her successful run Thursday by qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open following a two-round sectional at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas.
The Texas Tech junior was one of three players to advance as she shared the sectional title with professional Tessa Teachman after both players finished the 36-hole tournament with an even-par 144.
The Chilton, Texas native fired a 1-over 73 during Wednesday's opening round that was halted following 14 holes due to inclement weather. Dominguez returned to close the round with four-straight pars Thursday before shooting a 1-under final round later in the day.
Dominguez is the third Lady Raider to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open in recent years, joining Tracy Stanford and current volunteer assistant coach Laurie Brower. Stanford, who lettered at Tech from 2007-09, qualified for the 2009 Open, while Brower competed in the event four times, most recently in 2008, during her professional career that began after starring for Tech from 1982-85.
Fellow Lady Raider Hannah Arnold came close to advancing from the sectional as well as her 2-over first round put her in contention before a 4-over final round dropped her into a tie for 23rd overall.
Dominguez finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships last Friday with teammate Kim Kaufman, earning the two honorable mention All-American accolades by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).
The pair finished the year with the two lowest single-season stroke averages in school history as Dominguez averaged 72.8 swings per round with Kaufman trailing closely behind with a 73.0 mark. Both averages snapped Dominguez' previous school record of 74.8 from her 2009-10 freshman season.
The 2012 U.S. Women's Open will be held July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2 over the first two rounds and then NBC the final two days.