LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore Sofia Garcia was tabbed Wednesday the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for March where she recorded a pair of top-five finishes, including her school record third individual title of the season at the Valspar Augusta Invitational.
This is the second monthly award this season for Garcia, who previously garnered the accolade for the month of October. Garcia is joined by TCU's Greta Bruner as the only Big 12 golfers to be recognized as the conference's top golfer twice already this season.
Garcia snapped the Tech single-season record for individual wins in Augusta as she used a 6-under-par 66 second round followed by a 4-under card to close the tournament atop the leaderboard. In addition to snapping the Tech single-season mark, Garcia also matched former teammate Gabby Barker (2014-18) for the most career wins (3) in program history.
Garcia, a native of Paraguay, came close to another individual title to start the month as she finished second at the BYU at Entrada Classic, closing the event with an 8-under 64. Her final round card marked the lowest by a Red Raider in school history and is tied for the lowest among players nationally this year.
Garcia averaged 70.7 strokes per round during March, which included Tech's trip to the Lampkin Invitational. Garcia fired a 1-over 73 in the lone round of stroke play in San Diego that was followed by a match play format.
The successful month lowered Garcia's season average to 71.1 following a third-place performance Tuesday at the Bruzzy Challenge. Her scoring average currently ranks tied for third among golfers nationally, trailing only Frida Kinhult of Florida State (69.7) and Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest (70.5).
Entering the Big 12 Championships in less than two weeks, Garcia is currently on pace to shatter the Tech single-season scoring record by over a full stroke. Barker (2015-16) and current LPGA Tour standout Kim Kaufman (2012-13) share the school record at 72.3.
The Big 12 Championships will run April 14-16 at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Tulsa. It will be the final tournament before the Red Raiders learn their postseason fate nearly a week later when the NCAA Regional fields are unveiled April 24 on the Golf Channel.