Dominguez Set For 67th U.S. Women's Open|
Gabby Dominguez completed her final practice round Wednesday at the U.S. Women's Open.
July 4, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - After three practice rounds and numerous hours of waiting, Gabby Dominguez is set for her first major championship appearance Thursday when she tees off the 67th U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc.
The Texas Tech junior will be one of 28 amateurs playing against the top players in the world when she tees off in the final pairing at 2:42 p.m. Thursday.
"It's really exciting," Dominguez said of playing against a field composed mainly of professionals. "Being in a major championship and competing with all these professionals is big time. This is something I've practiced for and I'm looking forward to getting going."
At the collegiate level, Dominguez has regularly competed against the country's top amateur players as she finished tied for eighth in May at the NCAA Championships and then advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in June.
The Chilton, Texas native was named an honorable mention All-American with teammate Kim Kaufman following the season after she finished with the lowest stroke average in school history, topping her previous record of 74.7 by nearly two strokes.
She will face a more difficult challenge this weekend, though, as she will not only be paired with top professionals but also will face the challenge that is Blackwolf Run.
"I feel like it's narrow and that I'm really accurate off the tee and I can get an advantage off that," Dominguez said. "It's really long as well and that's good for me. I think it sets up well, but every shot has to be accurate and right on it."
Dominguez is one of at least five known Lady Raiders to compete in the U.S. Women's Open with the most recent being Laurie Brower in 2008.
ESPN2 will provide coverage of the opening two rounds beginning at 3 p.m. each day with NBC airing the final 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday. TexasTech.com will also have full results following Dominguez' round each day as well.