Feb. 10, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Lamar University saved its best for last Sunday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational as the Cardinals posted a solid 4-over-par 284 in their final round to open the spring golf season with a 12th place finish.
Freshman Greg Wiggins, playing in just his third collegiate tournament, led the way with a 25th place tie on the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course. After opening with a 77 in Saturday's first round, Wiggins carded a 1-under-par 69 Saturday afternoon before closing with an even-par 70.
Wiggins was 2-under-par through the first 12 holes Sunday before a pair of bogeys over the final six holes. The native German posted a two on the par-3 second hole and added a birdie on the par-5 12th hole for a 54-hole score of 216 (+6).
Florida State's Daniel Berger carded a 65 on Sunday to move from second place through two rounds and win individual medalist honors with a 203 total (-7). Scott Wolfes of Georgia Southern fell to second in the 75-man field after a final round 70 left him with a 206 total (-4).
With Berger leading the way, FSU ran away with the team title. The 23rd ranked Seminoles opened with a 289 team total before shooting rounds of 272 and 271 for an 8-under-par total of 832. North Florida placed second in the 14-team field at 847 (+7) with South Alabama (850), host and third-ranked Florida (851) and Central Florida (859) rounding out the top five.
The Cardinals opened the 54-hole event with a disappointing 301, but rebounded with rounds of 289 and 284 for an 874 finish (+34). Lamar began Sunday's final round in last but pulled ahead of Kennesaw State (877) and Jacksonville (880).
Senior Erik Knudsen, the only current Cardinal to play in the event before, matched Wiggins with a final round 70. Knudsen opened the tournament with a 71 for the Cards' best round one score and then added a 76 in the second round for a 217 total (+7) and a tie for 33rd.
Knudsen had a team-best four birdies in the final round, but also carded four bogeys. The third-year player shot a 34 on the back nine with three birdies and a pair of bogeys.
Sophomore Luke Jerling tied for 45th after rounds of 76-71-72=219 (+9). The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year birdied his first two holes Sunday and was still 1-under-par until suffering a triple bogey seven on the par-4 fifth.
Rounding out the Cards' lineup was junior Stephane Dubois and senior Marc Dobias. Dubois had his best round of the tournament Sunday with a 72 and tied for 61st place with a 224 total (+14). The Wisconsin transfer posted scores of 77 and 75 on Saturday.
Dobias, who transferred to Lamar from VCU for his final season, opened with an 83 before shooting 74 and 75 for a 232 total (+22) and a tie for 73rd place.
The Cardinals' next tournament will be much closer to home as Lamar will compete at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships from Redstone Country Club in Humble. Houston will host the three day tournament beginning on Feb. 22.