Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
NORMAN, Okla. – Texas Tech's bid to advance to the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history fell just short Saturday as the Lady Raiders finished four strokes off the cut at the NCAA Central Regional held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Tech entered the final round tied for sixth and in position to be among the top eight advancing teams, but a 9-over-par 297 final round dropped the Lady Raiders into 11th place. It marked the third-straight year where Tech had fallen just shy of advancing past the regional round.
Mississippi State, led by a 4-under 68 card from medalist Ally McDonald, joined Wisconsin and Michigan State in passing the Lady Raiders over the final 18 holes. The Bulldogs combined for a 7-under final round to finish third individually, while Wisconsin finished seventh at 19-over and Michigan State claimed the final advancing spot with a 20-over 292 combined score.
Duke surpassed host Oklahoma for the regional crown as the Blue Devils fired a tournament-best 12-under final round. Florida, Arizona State and UC Davis completed the list of advancing teams as they finished fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.
The Lady Raiders had a chance to slide into a tie with Michigan State on the back nine as a pair of birdies from Gabby Dominguez and then an ace from Kim Kaufman on the par-3 sixth hole put Tech just a stroke back with several holes to play.
Tech could not find the birdie it needed, though, as the Lady Raiders combined to shoot 3-over on the final hole, the par-4 fifth, in what ultimately ended their chances.
Kaufman led Tech's lineup with an even-par 72 that was bolstered by her ace on the sixth. She finished tied for 20th overall with Dominguez, who fired a 2-over final round.
Unlike the 2012 NCAA West Regional, Kaufman and Dominguez were unable to advance to the NCAA Championships as individuals as Wake Forest's Olafia Kristinsdottir and Washington's Ying Luo earned the two individual spots.
Elin Arvidsson also signed a 2-over card, her lowest score of the tournament, while Beverly Mendoza recorded Tech's final score with a 5-over 77. Hannah Arnold also fired a 9-over score for the second-straight day as well.
The regional closes a historic year for the Lady Raiders, who matched the school record for tournament wins in a season (3) while also advancing to the postseason for a program-best fourth straight year.