LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 24 Texas Tech closed the opening round of the NCAA Stanford Regional in a tie for seventh place Monday after combining for an 11-over-par 295 card at the Stanford Golf Club.
The Red Raiders, the No. 4 seed in the 12-team regional, are 10 strokes off the cut line alongside both Kentucky and Princeton. no. 3 seed LSU jumped out to the opening-day lead at 5-under followed by USC a stroke back and then top-ranked Stanford at 1-under in third place.
For the Red Raiders to advance to their fourth NCAA Championships appearance in program history, Texas Tech will be chasing that trio and the likes of Purdue, Northwestern and Iowa State the next two days. The Boilermakers currently control the fourth and final advancing spot after a 1-over round, which was two strokes better than both Northwestern and Iowa State in fifth place.
Gala Dumez and Amy Taylor powered the Red Raiders over the first 18 holes, finishing at 1-over 72 and 2-over 73, respectively. Dumez was even over the first nine holes after back-to-back birdies at the par-3 14th and the par-4 15th and then added another birdie at the par-5 1st at the turn.
Dumez is tied for 15th individually heading into Tuesday’s second round followed by Taylor in a tie for 22nd and then freshman Chiara Horder in a tie for 31st overall. Horder, making her regional debut, was 3-over on the day thanks in part to a strong finish where she was even for her final nine holes. Anna Dong and Cecilie Nielsen rounded out the Red Raider lineup with a pair of 5-over cards.
Texas Tech will be back at the No. 10 tee to start Tuesday’s second round as the Red Raiders will be paired with both Kentucky and Princeton in a 10 am CT start. Live scoring will be provided throughout the round at www.Golfstat.com.