LUBBOCK, Texas – The U.S. Women's Open will feature a pair of Lady Raiders this weekend as Texas Tech women's golf alumnae Elin Arvidsson and Kim Kaufman will be among the 156 players vying for the Harton S. Semple Trophy.
Arvidsson will be among the first golfers to tee off Thursday morning as she is paired in the 5:56 a.m. CT grouping with amateur Brooke Seay and Angel Yin. Kaufman will be in the afternoon wave as she begins her round from the No. 10 tee at 12:58 p.m. alongside Catriona Matthew and Suyeon Jang.
Kaufman will move to the morning session Friday with a 7:13 a.m. tee time to start the second round, while Arvidsson is slated for an 11:41 a.m. start. The U.S. Open is being played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
"It's so exciting to have two of our former players in the U.S. Open," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "We wish them all the best and continued success. I look forward to following them this week."
Kaufman is currently 53rd on the LPGA money list this season as she has won $153,473 through 17 events entering this weekend. The former All-American joined the highest tour in women's golf in 2014 and has since then claimed over $1.1 million in prize money.
Kaufman, one of the most active players on tour this year, enters this weekend having made the cut in five of her last seven events, which includes a top-20 finish in June at the Meijer LPGA Classic. She has recorded eight top-10 finishes during her career.
This will be Kaufman's third appearance at the U.S. Women's Open as she had made the cut in each of the last two years, finishing tied for 35th in 2015 and then 32nd a year ago. It is the 13th major appearance of her career as her best finish came just a few weeks ago at the KPMG Women's PGA Championships where she tied for 29th overall.
Kaufman, a native of Clark, South Dakota, remains one of the best golfers in Texas Tech history as she concluded her tenure in 2013 with a 74.0 career stroke average, which is still the lowest in program history. She is the only player in school history to earn All-America status twice in a career as she as an honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012 and then a second team honoree by Golfweek in 2013.
Arvidsson, meanwhile, will be making her first U.S. Open appearance after qualifying out of a Frankfort, Illinois sectional in June. Arvidsson combined to shoot an even-par 144 over two rounds of qualifying which placed her in a tie with Ashleigh Buhai for medalist honors.
This will be the first major appearance for Arvidsson, who wrapped her Lady Raider career by helping Tech post a fifth place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships. She boasted a 75.5 scoring average over her career from 2011-15, which ranks third all-time in program history behind Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez (2009-13).
Arvidsson is just the fifth player from her native Sweden to compete in the U.S. Women's Open. She joined the Symetra Tour soon after her playing career concluded and has been a regular on the professional circuit since then.
FOX Sports 1 will have afternoon coverage of the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday and Friday while the USGA will show its featured group each day on USGA.org. The tournament moves to FOX for 1-6 p.m. coverage of the third and fourth rounds Saturday and Sunday.