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Four Women's Golf Teams, Three Individuals Advance to NCAA Championship
May 13, 2012
For the second time in league history, four Big 12 women's golf teams will advance to the NCAA Championship held May 22-25 at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., along with three league individuals.

Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M all earned bids to the championship after finishing in the top eight of their regionals. Oklahoma State's Kelsey Vines along with Texas Tech's Gabby Dominguez and Kim Kaufman will join the four squads after finishing in the top two individual spots not a part of an advancing team.

The Texas women fired a field-low 6-under-par 282 in Saturday's final round of the NCAA East Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in the last five years. The Longhorns shared the runner-up slot with Texas A&M as the two squads rounded out the three-day event at 14-over 878.

TAMU's Katerina Ruzickova was the top individual golfer as the Aggies matched their best regional finish in program history in second place. Ruzickova posted A&M's lowest NCAA postseason score in school history with a 54-hole total of a 3-under 213 (67-73-73) for her second career victory. The sophomore is the first Aggie to win an NCAA Regional.

Oklahoma State's Vines will represent the Cowgirls at the national championship. The Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year shot a hole in one at the 142-yard 14th as she tallied her third round in the 60s this season. She moved from a tie in 24th heading into the final round to share seventh-place honors at the conclusion of the regional.

In Erie, Colo., for the West Regional, Baylor earned its second championship berth in program history after carding a final-round 286 to finish in a tie for fifth.

Fresh off a Big 12 Championship title last month, Oklahoma advances to the championship for the first time since 2002 by finishing in eighth place. The Sooners were in 18th place heading after Thursday's first round, before shooting a third-round 289 (+1) Saturday to become the final squad to qualify for the NCAA finals.

Texas Tech's Dominguez and Kaufman will compete at Vanderbilt Legends Club after Texas Tech narrowly missed a bid for its second NCAA Championship appearance. The squad finished tied for ninth and three strokes back of OU. Kaufman tied for eighth after a 1-over 73 round. She wrapped up with her seventh top-10 finish of the year. Teammate Dominguez endured sudden-death playoff in order to advance as her 2-over final round left her tied for 14th overall at 3-over.

The top eight squads and two individuals from the three regionals earned berths to the national championship.

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