Lady Raiders Begin Season at Ptarmigan Ram Classic|
Gabby Dominguez has recorded the lowest stroke average for Tech the last two seasons.
Sept. 11, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team opens its 2011-12 season Monday morning when the Lady Raiders tee off the first 36 holes of the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
After advancing to an NCAA Regional in each of her first two seasons, head coach JoJo Robertson returns all but one player from last year's lineup in what should be her most-experienced squads to date, even with no seniors on the roster.
Dominguez has led Tech in stroke average in each of the past two seasons while Kaufman has been among Tech's top three players during that span as well. Arnold, meanwhile, was a regular in the lineup all of last season, including the NCAA East Regional.
Mendoza will be making a return to the course after missing almost all of last season with an injury that forced her to be granted a medical redshirt this summer. Arvidsson, a Falkenberg, Sweden native, is one of two newcomers so far to the Tech roster as she was one of the top amateur players in the international ranks last year.
"We're obviously excited about getting our season started this week," Robertson said. "Several of our older players remember this course from last year, and we've played well there the last couple years. It should be a good experience for us as we try to get ready for next spring."
Tech finished 13th at the tournament a year ago after Kaufman led the way with a fourth-place finish. The Lady Raiders finished fifth in 2009, which was Tech's first tournament under Robertson.
Baylor is the only Big 12 school competing among the 19 teams this week in a field that also consists of defending champion Colorado and 12th-ranked Cal.
The Lady Raiders will begin the opening round with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Monday morning before returning to the links later in the day for another 18 holes. The tournament's final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as well with all three rounds taking part at the Ptarmigan Country Club.