Kaufman Named Big 12 Golfer of the Month|
Kim Kaufman was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month Wednesday afternoon.
Oct. 3, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's golfer Kim Kaufman was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month Wednesday following her second-place performance at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in September.
The monthly award is the first in Kaufman's career and the first for a Lady Raider since Gabby Dominguez picked up the honor in both February and March of last year.
"This is a tremendous honor for Kim," said Tech head coach JoJo Robertson, who has now had a Lady Raider win the monthly award four times during her tenure. "Kim has been such a consistent player for us throughout her career and we couldn't be prouder of what she has accomplished already this season."
The senior helped lead the Lady Raiders to one of the more dominating performances in school history as Tech claimed the tournament title by 27 strokes, the second-largest margin of victory in school history.
Kaufman was one of three Lady Raiders to finish among the top five individuals as she turned in a 211 card that matched the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in school history. It also matched Kaufman's second-lowest 54-hole total in her career as well.
The performance matched Kaufman's highest finish during her collegiate career and also marked the third-straight year the Clark, S.D. native has recorded a top-10 finish at the tournament.
The tournament victory propelled the Lady Raiders up the national polls as Tech was ranked No. 1 by Golfstat entering this week and No. 3 by Golfweek Magazine. Both rankings are the highest in school history.
In the individual rankings, Kaufman moved to No. 4 nationally in the Golfweek poll as she is one of three Lady Raiders among the top 50 players, joining Dominguez (No. 10) and Beverly Mendoza (No. 40).
Kaufman finished tied for 14th Tuesday at the Windy City Collegiate Championships where Tech finished eighth as a team. The Lady Raiders return to the links Oct. 15-17 at the Suzie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla.