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Tavia Rutherford
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
High School: Frontier

2012-13 (SOPHOMORE): (spring) played in five spring contests, including the NCAA Central Regional Championship as an individual invite…placed 11th or better in each of her five outings…tallied 78-80=158 to t-5th at the First Federal Invite (4/9)…carded career-best 74 to place fourth vs. Augustana (4/27)…her 74 was also the lowest mark of any Cougar in 2012-13…finished t-9th (86-85-81-86) among 75 competitors at the NSIC Championships…finished as the top individual invite at the NCAA Super Regional (5/7)and just missed a trip to the National Tournament, tying for 11th, four strokes short of the qualifying mark (239)…became first Cougar since 2009 to represent USF in regional action...named first-team All-NSIC…(fall) competed in the No. 1 spot for all seven tournaments…fired 79 at Augustana Bakker Crossing Invite (9/3) to t-4th…strung together three-straight rounds in the 70s (79-77-79) to claim 6th place at the South Dakota State (9/30), which featured six Division I teams…led the Cougars to second place finish at Bulldog Classic (10/15), their best team finish of the year; carded 86-83=169 to capture 3rd…charted team-best seven top-10 finishes…81.38 stroke average led USF and ranked sixth in the NSIC

2011-12 (FRESHMAN): Competed in all nine tournaments during the Cougars transitional year, shooting team lows in six competitions as a true freshman...charted five top-15 finishes...turned a 78 in her first collegiate contest to place fourth at the Labor Day Triangular (9/5)...shot rounds of 81-78 to lead all USF scores and place 14th overall in a field of more than 100 golfers at Drury's Lady Panther Shootout (9/12)...tied for 18th (82-83 =165) at the Wildwood Classic (9/19)...began spring season with a season-low 76 in Bob Writz's Invite (4/2) to place third (career-best)...fired rounds of 78-78 for 13th at the Augustana Invite (4/14)...leaped five places on the NSIC Championship (4/22) leaderboard with an 80 on the final day tying teammate Kali Gottsleben for the squad's highest individual finish (85-82-80=247 for 11th)

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-sport athlete at Frontier HS (Calif.)...member of a Titans squad that claimed three straight Division II Valley golf championships...a two-time Division II Valley champion in soccer...also played softball...named an All-Area Athlete...South Area Golf Champion...CIF scholar athlete...honored with a PEAAK award (Best Female Scholar Athlete)...graduated at the top of her class.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Kirk and Cindy Rutherford...exercise science major...goal is to become an excercise psychologist or sports psychologist...community activities include Kids Against Hunger and writing letters for the Lunch is Served program...left-handed player...currently holds the California state record for most Valley championships won during a high school career

 

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