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Lady Raider golf heading to Big 12 Championship

Gabby Barker (Source: TTU Athletics) Gabby Barker (Source: TTU Athletics)

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After closing out the spring portion of the 2016 regular season, the Lady Raiders will travel to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the 2016 Big 12 Championship April 22-24 held at the Dominion Country Club.

The No. 27 Texas Tech women's golf team will enter the 2016 Big 12 Championship having placed in the top-10 in three of its last four events, which includes a first place finish at the Red Raider Invitational to close out the 2016 regular season.

"Our team obviously looks forward to this tournament every year," Texas Tech women's golf coach JoJo Robertson said. "We have had some good tournaments recently and have had a lot of good practices this week. I think everyone is excited and ready to go."

The Lady Raiders enter the Big 12 Championship as the No. 3 seed and will be paired with top-seed Oklahoma State and No. 2 seed Iowa State in the opening round of play. The three teams will tee off from hole one at 8:00 a.m. CT following the ceremonial first tee shot at 7:45 a.m. CT on Friday.

Competing for Texas Tech at the Championship will be seniors Sarah Brown and Kimmy Hill, sophomores Gabby Barker and Lauren Mason as well as freshman Mami Yamamoto.

"You just can't beat experience," added Robertson. "This time of the year that is what college golf is all about. Having four out of our five players having already been there before is going to be great."

Barker has been a consistent leader for the Lady Raiders through the 2016 season. The sophomore has maintained a 71.93 stroke average through 27 rounds of play this season. Barker also leads the team with 16 rounds at par or better including a Lady Raider season low 66 in the first round of the Lady Puerto Rico Challenge.

Senior Sarah Brown also has played strong in the 2015-16 season highlighted by bookending her season with top-5 finishes. The Mt. Pleasant, Texas, native opened the season with a first place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in September and capped the regular season with a second place finish at the Red Raider Invitational.

Hill finished the 2016 regular season with a 74.63 stroke average in 24 rounds of play. The senior carded two top-10 finishes through the season including a fifth place finish at the Jim West Challenge in October with a three round score of 218 (-3).

Sophomore Lauren Mason will be making her second appearance at the Big 12 Championship. The Queensland, Australia, native has appeared in nine events for the Lady Raiders and carded three top-10 finishes including a first place finish at the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate in late March.

Yamamoto has made great strides in just her first season with the Lady Raiders. The freshman appeared in nine events for the Lady Raiders and maintained a 74.74 stroke average through the 2015-16 season.

As a team, the Lady Raiders will look to build on their third place finish from last season that saw both Brown and Hill finish in the top-10 of the event to earn All-Big 12 Honors.

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