LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 19 Texas Tech concluded the season-opening Jim West Challenge in third place Tuesday following a 1-under-par 283 final round at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, just outside of Houston.
The Lady Raiders, who were under par in all three rounds, matched their highest ever finish at the tournament with a 10-under 842 final card. Tech fell a stroke shy of tying second-place Oklahoma, which entered the day with a three-swing advantage over the Lady Raiders.
“This was a great week for us,” Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. “The team played well. We had several positive things to take away with this being our first tournament of the season. Each player in our lineup contributed, which was great to see.”
Tech sank 15 birdies collectively among its balanced lineup, which featured all five players finishing among the top 31 individuals. The Lady Raiders closed the two-day event two strokes ahead of fourth-place Kent State and then nine in front of Texas A&M in fifth place.
Sofia Garcia fired another under-par round to lead the Lady Raiders as her 3-under 68 moved her to 8-under for the tournament and into a tie for sixth individually. It marked the fourth career top-10 finish for Garcia, who paced Tech with a 5-under second round that included an ace at the par-3 16th.
Garcia along with Gabby Barker and Lauren Mason all sank four birdies each on the day as Barker was even over the final 18 holes to post a top-20 finish in a tie for 18th overall. Mason, meanwhile, was 2-under on her round to bump her up the leaderboard into a tie for 22nd individually.
Emma Ballard chipped in Tech’s final counting score after signing at 4-over, which put her in a tie for 31st, her highest individual finish of her career. Mami Yamamoto, closed the tournament, two strokes ahead of Ballard in a tie for 26thfollowing a 7-over final 18 holes.
Louisa Brunt matched Garcia for Tech’s lowest round of the day as the freshman, who was playing as an individual, drained four birdies of her own on her way to a 4-under card. She finished in a tie for 34th overall, one stroke back of Ballard at 6-over for the tournament.
The Lady Raiders will wait just under a month before their next tournament, which will be the Betsy Rawls Invitational hosted in Austin on Oct. 9-10. Tech will play three tournaments during the month of October, all in the state of Texas.