LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez became the first Texas Tech women's golfers to finish in the top 10 of the NCAA Championships Friday when the two Lady Raiders wrapped the final round tied for eighth at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The performance marked the highest finish for a Tech player at the national tournament in program history, snapping Tracy Thomson's previous mark from 1996 when she tied for 39th overall.
In addition, Tech was the only school in the 24-team field that had two players finish among the top 10 individuals. Only Alabama and Purdue had multiple players ranked in the top 20 as well.
"It was a real pleasure watching these two play so well all week," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "They have prepared for this tournament all season and it showed. It was an exciting day and I couldn't be prouder of how they competed and played. This is huge for our program and we look forward to continued success from both of Kim and Gabby."
While Kaufman was among the contenders throughout the four-day, 72-hole tournament, it was Dominguez who continued her move up the leaderboard thanks to her 3-under 69 card that was one of just four final-round scores under 70.
After two rounds Wednesday, Dominguez was tied for 53rd overall before making her charge as she was 1-over in the third round en route to finishing 3-over alongside Kaufman and three others.
Kaufman was even-par over the final 18 holes, her second-lowest score of the tournament. The Clark, S.D. native, who was in the top 15 players after each of the previous three rounds, was 1-over entering the par-5 18th before sinking a birdie for her eighth top-10 finish of the year.
With the finish, both Kaufman and Dominguez will be eligible to receive All-American honors that will be announced later this evening. No Tech women's golfer has ever been named an All-American previously in school history.
The duo entered the tournament on pace to snap the Tech single-season stroke average record owned by Dominguez with the only deciding factor being who would finish ahead as only percentage points separated the two.
Dominguez barely hung on as she wraps the season averaging 72.8 strokes per round that was just better than Kaufman's 73.0 mark. Dominguez' previous school record from her 2009-10 freshman season was a 74.7 average.
Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil earned top medalist honors as she finished 6-under for the tournament, four strokes better than Brooke Pancake of Alabama. The Crimson Tide earned the team title with a 19-over final card that edged Southern California by just one stroke.