LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 24 Texas Tech closed its season in seventh place Wednesday following a 4-over-par 288 final round at the NCAA Stanford Regional held at the Stanford Golf Club.
It was the best round of the three-day, 54-hole regional for the Red Raiders, who were unable to overcome a slow start in order to be one of the four advancing teams. The final-round card moved Texas Tech to 23-over for the tournament, which was 11 back of both Northwestern and Purdue in a tie for fourth place.
"We're disappointed our season ends this week as we hoped to make a run to the NCAA Championships, but that's golf sometimes," head coach JoJo Roberson said. "I'm sad this is the end of Amy's (Taylor) career as she was a great leader for us this season and really played her best golf as a senior. We return the rest of our lineup and can't wait to get going again next fall."
Purdue secured the final advancing spot, defeating Northwestern in a playoff to join USC, LSU and top-ranked Stanford at the NCAA Championships. USC won the regional at 15-under followed by both LSU and the host Cardinal in a tie for second at 7-under, easily ahead of the cut line.
The Red Raiders surpassed Iowa State and ultimately tied with Kentucky over the final 18 holes thanks in part to the play from Anna Dong, who was 3-under on the back nine to finish with a 1-under 70 card. Dong sank four birdies on the back nine alone, taking advantage of good approaches at the par-5 1st, the par-4 2nd, the par-4 6th and the par-5 7th to erase two bogeys to start the round.
The performance pushed Dong to 4-over for the tournament, which was good for a tie for 19th place individually. It is the second career top-20 finish at an NCAA Regional for Dong, who wrapped the 2019 Norman Regional in a tie for seventh place overall.
Chiara Horder wrapped her regional debut with an even-par card that kept her at 10-over for the tournament and in a tie for 39th place. The round was one stroke better than Gala Dumez, who led the team with five birdies on the day en route to a 1-over 72 score. Dumez concluded the tournament at 6-over and tied for 28th individually.
Amy Taylor entered the day needing a strong finish to contend for one of the two advancing individual spots but unfortunately struggled out of the gate with several early bogeys over the front nine. She pared her final 10 holes to finish 4-over on the day and 5-over for the tournament, one stroke back of Dong in a tie for 25th place.
Taylor is the lone departing Red Raider off Robertson's roster as Texas Tech is set to return Dong for a final senior season, while Dumez and Horder both have multiple years of eligibility remaining. Texas Tech's lineup this week was rounded out by Cecilie Nielsen as she finished 16-over for the tournament following a 6-over final round.