Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas – Prior to the start of the NCAA Central Regional Thursday, JoJo Robertson stated it would take three consistent rounds to be among the top eight advancing teams.
Texas Tech, backed by a 1-over-par 73 opening round from Gabby Dominguez, put itself in position to make a run over the final two days with an 8-over 296 Thursday morning that left the Lady Raiders in a tie for 15th overall at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
"It wasn't our best day by any means, but we have a chance to improve over the final two rounds," Robertson said. "We left some shots out there that we will look to make up for tomorrow. This team has competed well all season, so I am hopeful for lower rounds over the next two days."
Tech is four strokes back of Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Indiana, who are all in a four-way tie for seventh place. The Lady Raiders are one of 12 teams, half the field, separated by just five strokes.
Florida fired a 6-under 282 to take the opening round lead, topping a 5-under card from Oklahoma and a 4-under score from top-seeded Duke. The three squads were the only three teams to finish under par over the first 18 holes.
TCU, playing in the afternoon wave, fired a 2-over card to end the day in fourth place while Michigan State and UC Davis are both tied for fifth at 3-over rounds.
Dominguez finished a stroke up on Kim Kaufman and Beverly Mendoza in a tie for 35th place overall thanks to a 2-under back nine that consisted of a pair of birdies right after the turn. Kaufman and Mendoza are tied for 48th overall.
Elin Arvidsson recorded Tech's final score with a 3-over 75 that put the sophomore in a tie for 64th overall. Hannah Arnold recorded a 77 score to wrap the day in a tie for 99th individually.
The Lady Raiders will be in the afternoon wave Friday as Mendoza will tee off the second round at 11:50 a.m. from the No. 10 hole.