No. 1 Texas Tech Heads to Windy City Collegiate

Elin Arvidsson will be in the lineup when No. 1 Texas Tech tees off Monday morning.

Sept. 30, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - After opening its season with a 27-stroke victory several weeks ago in Colorado, the No. 1-ranked Texas Tech women's golf team will look for a similar performance when the Lady Raiders tee off the Windy City Collegiate Championship Monday morning at the Glen View Golf Club in Golf, Ill.

Tech, which struggled to finish 11th at the event a year ago, will play 36 holes on Monday before returning the following day for another 18 on Tuesday. The Lady Raiders are appearing at the tournament for a third-straight year as they also posted a third-place showing in 2010.

"We're excited to get back on the course this week in a tournament and course most of our players are familiar with," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "This will be a challenging field and will be a real test for us early in the season."

Robertson will be using a similar lineup as she did in the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Classic as Kimmy Hill will join regulars Kim Kaufman, Gabby Dominguez, Elin Arvidsson, and Beverly Mendoza. It will be the first career collegiate tournament for Hill, a highly-touted freshman out of California.

The Lady Raiders opened the season with a commanding victory at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic where Kaufman, Dominguez and Mendoza all finished among the top-five individuals. Tech also recorded the second-largest margin of victory in school history in only the third season-opening tournament title in school history.

The performance earned the Lady Raiders a No. 1 national ranking in the inaugural Golfstat poll of the season. Tech was also picked third in Golfweek Magazine's first poll as well while Kaufman was ranked third among individuals, followed by Dominguez at No. 10 and Mendoza at No. 40 nationally.

To repeat the performance, Tech will have to challenge a difficult field that features 13 teams, including the Lady Raiders, who advanced to the postseason a year ago. The Lady Raiders will also face three Big 12 foes for the first time this year in Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and new conference member TCU.

In addition, the Lady Raiders will face two other teams ranked in the top 10 of the Golfstat poll in No. 2 Washington and No. 6 Arizona along with three top 25 squads in No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 19 UC Davis, and No. 22 Iowa State.

Hill will be the first Lady Raider to hit the course Monday morning as the freshman is scheduled to tee off at 8:15 a.m. CT.

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2
Format: 54 holes of stroke play; 36 to be played Monday, 18 on Tuesday.
Site: Glen View Golf Club - Golf, Ill.
Host School: Northwestern
2011 Champion: Oklahoma State
2011 Medalist: Isabelle Boineau, Arizona
Tournament Field (Golfweek ranking): Washington (1), Arizona (2), Texas Tech (3), UC Davis (12), Notre Dame (14), Oklahoma State (16), Iowa State (19), Ohio State (20), Northwestern (31), Central Florida (51), Wisconsin (52), Colorado (60), TCU (66), Kent State (89), UNC Wilmington (129).




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