In preparation for the upcoming college season, Golfweek is breaking down the rosters of each of its preseason top 30 teams.
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27. Texas Tech
2011-12 Golfweek rank: 32
Go-to girl: Kim Kaufman
Season outlook: The bottom of the Texas Tech roster should take note of Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez. They’re a wonderful pair of seniors from whom to learn, as shown last year during the postseason. The two Red Raiders advanced as individuals to the NCAA Championship, where they tied for eighth, and also ended the season ranked inside Golfweek’s top 50 as individuals (Dominguez No. 37, Kaufman No. 48).
Since then, Kaufman advanced to the semifinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, finished third at the Canadian Women’s Amateur and defended her title at the South Dakota Women’s Amateur. Dominguez was 13th at the Canadian Women’s Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, her first start in that championship. That’s a solid core.
With leadership like that, the Red Raiders should have advanced to the NCAA Championship as a team. They won twice early in the season, albeit in small fields. That’s good practice for knowing how to close, but to contend in the postseason, Texas Tech needs to carry that over into the tougher events. The Ptarmigan Ram Classic and Windy City Collegiate will be good early-season tests.
The good news: There’s talent throughout the roster. Junior Beverly Mendoza, third in scoring last season, recently played the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and freshman Kimmy Hill, who ranked among the top 20 in the class of 2012, also will be counted on by head coach JoJo Robertson.