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Gala Dumez Claims Big 12 Individual Title

Texas Tech Athletics

Texas Tech was second as a team Tuesday at the Big 12 Championships, its highest ever finish

 

LUBBOCK, Texas – Gala Dumez sank six birdies on the front nine and added her seventh of the day at the 17th to become the first Texas Tech women’s golfer to win the Big 12 individual title in school history Tuesday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Dumez notched a 5-under 67 final round to hold off Oklahoma State’s Maja Stark by two strokes for the individual title, marking the first time the redshirt freshman has earned medalist honors in her young career. Her birdie at the 17th was enough to edge Stark, who had six birdies of her own on the back nine alone to get within a stroke of Dumez before a bogey on the 18th.

Dumez finished at 13-under 202 for the tournament, easily the lowest 54-hole score in championship history. She snapped the previous conference record of 207 that was set by Oklahoma State’s Kenzie Neisen at the 2016 event held at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.

Dumez’ strong final round helped propel the Red Raiders to an 8-under 280 card as a team, pushing Tech up to second overall, its highest finish at the Big 12 Championships in program history. The Red Raiders were 18-under for the tournament, one stroke better than No. 15 Baylor in third place and two in front of No. 32 Oklahoma in fourth.

Similar to their performance Monday when Tech shot 12-under as a team, the Red Raiders had balance throughout its lineup as Amy Taylor drained six birdies of her own as part of a 4-under round that pushed her into a tie for ninth individually. It was her first career top-10 showing at the Big 12 Championships as she made the all-tournament team alongside Dumez for the first time in their respective careers.

Sofia Garcia, meanwhile, was consistent throughout the day with a 1-under round, while Cecilie Nielsen and Anna Dong both signed for 2-over cards to round out the lineup. Garcia joined Dumez and Taylor with critical birdies at the par-5 17th that helped the Red Raiders hold off a late charge from Baylor.

Tech totaled 20 birdies over its final 18 holes alone, giving the Red Raiders 56 for the three-day tournament, which ranked behind only team champion Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls closed the event at 34-under to win the team title following a 7-under final round, one stroke back of Tech for the lowest of the day.

Dumez, who led the tournament with 18 birdies of her own, three more than Stark, combined to shoot 7-under at the par-4 locations to lead the field. Taylor, meanwhile, was 6-under at the four par-5 holes to rank second overall and tied for fourth with 14 birdies of her own.

The runner-up finish continues a strong run to the postseason for the Red Raiders, who have now claimed two tournament titles with two additional runner-up finishes since the start of March alone.

The Red Raiders will learn their postseason fate on April 28 when the NCAA Regional fields are announced. The NCAA Selection Show will begin at 1 p.m. that afternoon on the Golf Channel.

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Release provided by Matt Dowdy Texas Tech Athletics


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