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Texas Tech Student Athlete Spotlight: Gabby Dominguez
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By Jeremiah Washington
Big 12 Campus Correspondent


For any athlete success is often attained by their level of commitment.

For Texas Tech women's golfer Gabby Dominguez, it is her precision, drive, and commitment on the golf course which is helping her rewrite the record books for the women's golf program at Texas Tech.

"I've gotten more precise," said Dominguez. "I have picked more specific targets to where I want to be. I'm going to go at that spot and there is no doubt about where else I'm going and that is what my plan is. Just having a plan once I get to that shot and just sticking to it and being committed."

So far Dominguez's plan is working as she has helped Texas Tech claim two tournament titles this year, a feat that had not been previously accomplished since the 1995-96 season.

Dominguez is on the brink of breaking her own school record for single-season stroke average and has posted five-straight top 10 performances thus far with four finishes within the top five.

"Gabby has improved her game so much this season and has really helped lead us on the course," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "She set several records her first couple of years and she and Kim Kaufman both have a chance to break them again this year. We'll definitely be counting on her as we get further along."

Through nine events this year, Dominguez is averaging 72.2 strokes per round, just points below Kaufman's average as the duo has combined to lead the Lady Raiders to a No. 30 ranking in the latest Golfweek poll.

Not every round has been perfect for the Chilton, Texas native, though. Her willingness to keep going and not giving up, however, has given the junior standout many great moments this season.

"I have come back from some pretty tough holes and pretty tough rounds," said Dominguez. "I think these are some of the greatest moments that I have had, just coming back and not giving up and not letting those bad rounds keep me down. Even if I am not too far back just coming back and having a decent round."

Being able to show her progress and playing up to the best of her ability is what motivates Dominguez out on the links.

"I've been here three years and I want to show my coaches, my team, and the school that I have progressed and that I want to be the best as a player but also as a player for Texas Tech and represent us well," said Dominguez. "That keeps me motivated. I want to keep playing well so we can get more recognition for me as an individual and for the school."

In February the Big 12 recognized Dominguez as the Big 12 Golfer of the month. The award was the first in Dominguez's career which she thinks sums up the progress she has been making.

"It really meant a lot because I haven't had one," said Dominguez. "It really sums up my progress that I have done and it helps to see that. Now I want to work even harder to get more of those things and to play better and be more consistent."

Dominguez said she loves the family atmosphere Tech exudes and knew early on during a recruitment visit that Texas Tech was the university for her.

"When I first came here for the recruiting visit I loved the campus, I loved the academics first of all but then I also loved the course," said Dominguez. "The Rawls course is a really nice course and it has a really good practice facility. I like the overall feeling that I get from being at Texas Tech. It's like a family feeling, especially with our team."

Finishing up this season and going forward into next year, Dominguez has one goal in mind, which is progression for the future.

"I not only want to play better, but I just want to be a better player for the future," said Dominguez. "I do want to try to go on the pro tour and try to qualify for that. I want to see more progress and more of a future in golf. I think I am seeing that now with more consistency and I just want to see it rise little by little. Hopefully I can get there and be on that top level by the time I graduate."

 

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