Feb. 22, 2013
HUMBLE - Lamar University was as high as third in Friday's opening round of the Bayou City Collegiate Championship from the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club before slipping down the stretch and settling for a 12th place finish through round one.
Senior Erik Knudsen played a nearly flawless round on the par-72, 6,982-yard course, carding three birdies and just one bogey for a 2-under-par 70. Knudsen, who was one of only 15 players in the 85-man field to break par Friday, stands in a tie for ninth.
The 54-hole event will continue with 10 a.m. tee times Saturday morning. Sunday's final round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start in the 15-team tournament.
Lamar, which opened on the 10th tee, finished the round with a team total of 7-over-par 295 to finish one stroke ahead of No. 50 Indiana. Defending national champion Texas shot a 285 (-3) and has a one stroke lead over Baylor (286) heading into Saturday.
Charlotte is alone in third at 1-over-par 289, with Chattanooga, UT Arlington and East Carolina tied for fourth at 290 (+2). Louisiana Tech is seventh after a 291 (+3) and UTSA is eighth at 292 (+4). Tournament co-host Houston is tied with South Carolina and Houston Baptist for ninth at 294 (+6), one stroke ahead of the Cardinals.
The top two individuals in the field through round one are both playing as individuals and do not count toward their respective team's scores. Brax McCarthy of Texas shot a 5-under-par 67 and leads Houston's Kyle Pilgrim by one stroke.
Lamar's Luke Jerling is tied for 27th after carding a solid round of 1-over-par 73. The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year was 3-under with five holes to play, but suffered back-to-back bogeys and then closed with a double-bogey five on the par-3 10th hole.
Junior Stephane Dubois and freshman Greg Wiggins each shot 76 (+4) Friday and are tied for 55th place. Dubois got off to a fast start, birdying four of his first six holes, but closed his back nine with a bogey and then shot a 7-over-par 43 on the front nine.
Wiggins was playing a solid round with 11 pars, two birdies and four bogeys through 17 holes, but like Jerling, double bogeyed the ninth hole to settle for his 76.
Senior Marc Dobias is tied for 70th after registering a 6-over-par 78. Dobias had three birdies on the day, including on his opening hole, but also posted a triple bogey, a double bogey and four bogeys.
Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam is playing as an individual and is tied with Dubois and Wiggins in 55th place with a 76. Burenstam finished the round with 14 pars and four bogeys.