Texas Tech edges Washington for second tournament title this season
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Already the No.1-ranked player in the country, Kim Kaufman turned in yet another memorable performance Monday. She fired a 6-under-par 66 with five birdies on the back nine to lead the Lady Raiders, ranked No. 13 by Golfweek, to the Westbrook Spring Invitational title after a school-record 11-under 277 final round at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.
Tech's 277 card snapped the previous school record of 279 from the 2012 Westbrook Spring Invitational second round where the Lady Raiders eventually earned runner-up honors. The score was also the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history.
The team title marks the second for Tech already this season and the sixth under fourth-year head coach JoJo Robertson. The Lady Raiders also won the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Classic, marking the second year in a row where Tech has claimed multiple tournament crowns.
The Lady Raiders entered the day tied for second with Washington and two strokes back of first-day leader Arkansas. Tech quickly made its way up the leaderboard with under-par cards not only from Kaufman but Hannah Arnold and Elin Arvidsson as well.
Kaufman finished in a tie for second with Washington's SooBin Kim at 6-under for the tournament and two strokes back of medalist Gabriela Lopez of Arkansas, who like Kaufman, fired a tournament-record 66 final round. It was the fifth top-five finish in just six events already this year for Kaufman and the fourth time she has finished in second or better overall.
Arnold and Arvidsson both carded career-best 68 and 69 final rounds to help lead Tech to its third-lowest 54-hole total. The Lady Raiders ended the tournament with a 2-under 862 that was five strokes better than second-place Arkansas and 12 better than Washington in third place. Both teams entered the event ranked in the top 10 of the latest Golfweek poll.
After sharing the tournament lead after two rounds Sunday, Arvidsson dropped a few spots on the leaderboard but still managed to record her first career top-five finish as she was a stroke back of Kaufman in fourth place.
Arnold ended the day tied for 15th with fellow teammate Beverly Mendoza, who completed Tech's final round card with a 2-over 74. It was the highest career finish ever for Arnold, who earned her second career top-20 performance. Kimmy Hill also fired a 3-over 75 final round to finish tied for 56th overall.