LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior golfer Gabby Barker claimed her third Idaho Women’s Amateur Championship title this past weekend after blistering the Ridgecrest Golf Club with a 12-under 204 card, the lowest score in tournament history.
Barker, who previously won her home state’s top amateur tournament in 2013 and 2014, topped the rest of the field by 16 strokes thanks to an under-par score in all three rounds. She started the 54-hole event with a 2-under 70 that was followed by a bogey-free 7-under card, which tied the course record.
The Caldwell, Idaho native closed the tournament with a 3-under round, which was boosted by an eagle at the par-4 15th. Barker posted three of the tournament’s four total under-par rounds with the other coming from third-place finisher Kinsley Bonfilio over the final 18 holes.
“It’s always fun playing in tournaments back home,” Barker said. “I get to play with all of the people I played with in junior golf and play some of my favorite courses. Getting out on a course like Ridgecrest and posting a good score is always a good confidence boost.”
Barker has consistently played atop Tech’s lineup throughout her Red Raider career as she boasts a 73.4 scoring average over three seasons. She helped lead Tech to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history this past season after averaging 74.0 strokes per round, the second-lowest clip on the team.
In addition, Barker will enter her senior season this fall with a chance to ink her name into the Tech all-time record book. Already the single-season leader for scoring average, Barker’s career mark currently ranks third all-time behind current LPGA professional Kim Kaufman (74.0) as well as Gabby Dominguez (74.1).
Barker begins her senior season with the Lady Raiders on Sept. 11-12 when Tech opens the 2017-18 campaign at the Jim West Challenge. A full tournament schedule will be announced later this week.