Dumez recognized as Big 12 Golfer of the Month

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore Gume Dumez was tabbed the Big 12 Golfer of the Month of Wednesday after she recorded a pair of top-five individual finishes en route to leading the Red Raiders to two team titles in March.

Dumez, who was recognized by the league office for the second time in her career, is the second Red Raider in as many months to receive the monthly award after Amy Taylor was selected for February. This is the second career monthly award for Dumez as she also claimed the accolade last May after winning the Big 12 individual title.

Behind Dumez, the Red Raiders put together their best month of the season in March, winning both the Trinity Forest Invitational and the Mountain View Collegiate. The successful month pushed Texas Tech further up the national rankings as the Red Raiders entered this past weekend at No. 20 in the recent Golfweek Magazine poll.

Dumez averaged 71.0 strokes per round in March, finishing tied for fourth individually at the Trinity Forest Invitational and then tied for third at the Mountain View Collegiate. The native of France finished under par or better in four of her six rounds during the month with two cards in the 60s after signing for a 3-under 69 and a 4-under 68 to start the Mountain View Collegiate.

Texas Tech combined to shoot 25-under-par 839 to rally to win the Mountain View Collegiate, marking the second time already this season the Red Raiders had snapped their 54-hole scoring record. In the process, Texas Tech topped a talented top-half of the field to win the title, besting the likes of then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 7 San Jose State, no. 10 Florida and No. 12 Arkansas after rallying from three strokes down to start the final round.

Dumez now leads the Red Raiders with five top-10 finishes this season as she is averaging 71.9 strokes per round over nine events, which only trails senior Amy Taylor for the team best.

Most importantly, her strong play likely could not come at a better time for the Red Raiders, who are entering their final stretch of the season leading up to potentially another NCAA Regional selection. Texas Tech heads back to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex this weekend for the Bruzzy Challenge hosted by North Texas before taking part in the Big 12 Championships later this month.

Dumez will be looking to defend her Big 12 individual title when plays begins April 22 from the Clubs at Houston Oaks. The Bruzzy Challenge, meanwhile, will be Texas Tech’s last event leading up to the conference tournament as it begins Monday in Fort Worth.

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