CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sophomore Kimmy Hill tied a personal best and course record with a 5-under par 67 to lead Texas Tech to the title at the 2014 Briar’s Creek Invitational on Tuesday at John’s Island.
Tech (299-303-286—888) finished four strokes ahead of its closest opponent, Penn State, and 11 strokes better than No. 11 Clemson. Overall, Tech finished ahead of six top 50 teams.
The Lady Raiders won their first tournament of the spring and second of the 2013-14 season. Tech also took the title at The Challenge at Onion Creek in October. It’s the ninth tournament win for head coach JoJo Robertson since taking over the program in 2009.
“I couldn’t be happier for them right now,” Robertson said. “We spent the last week or so in Palm Springs practicing and playing a lot and they really came out with a mission. They wanted to improve and came here ready to work hard and win.
“I think they really showed this week that they are ready to put in the hard work and now they see the results of how they can win against some of the best teams when they put three solid rounds together.”
Hill (71-80-67—218), Stephanie Bertelsen (74-75-72—221), Hannah Arnold (77-75-72—224) and Elin Arvidsson (77-73-75—225) all finished in the top 22 out of the 93-player field.
Hill, who finished in a tie for ninth individually, played a perfect final round with five birdies and 13 pars. She finished the week under par on five different holes.
“That’s just Kimmy,” Robertson said. “She wasn’t pleased with the second round yesterday. But she’s so good about coming back out after a bad round and playing well the next day. She played well in Palm Springs and then came right back out and did it again here.”
Bertelsen played a near perfect round for most of the day after a bogey on her first hole (No. 4) and birdied three times on the back nine to get to 2-under before a double-bogey on the final hole.
Tech’s lone senior, Arnold, matched Bertelsen’s final round with a 72 herself on Tuesday for her best round of the tournament.
Uresti, a redshirt freshman, continues to improve in her first full season. She scored her best round of the week with a 6-over par 78 on Tuesday.
“Victoria’s round could have been better and she knows that, but hands-down has shown the most improvement for us,” Robertson said. “I’m proud for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished.”
Tech will now get the next week to practice back in Lubbock before heading to Dallas, April 4-6, for the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational.
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