Feb. 24, 2013
HUMBLE - Erik Knudsen fired a final round 71 (-1) Sunday at Redstone Golf Club to post his best career finish and lead the Lamar University golf team to a ninth place finish at the 2013 Bayou City Collegiate Championship.
The senior from Norway opened the tournament with a 2-under-par 70 and posted an even-par 72 in the second round for a 54-hole total of 213 (-3) and a tie for sixth place. It is Knudsen's first career top 10 finish and his best showing since a tie for 12th at the 2012 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
Knudsen began his final round on the eighth hole of the par-72, 6,982-yard Tournament Course and after taking pars on his first three holes, ran off a string of three straight birdies. He would then par the next seven holes before taking back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth holes.
The Cardinals had the fourth-best final round score Sunday with a 6-over-par 294. Lamar finished with a three round total of 881 (+17) to finish one stroke behind East Carolina in the 15-team tournament. Lamar finished two strokes ahead of UTSA (883), 11 ahead of Houston Baptist (892) and 12 better than No. 50 Indiana (893).
Defending national champion Texas ran away with the team title, closing with a 5-under-par 283 and putting together a 54-hole score of 842 (-22). Co-host Houston finished second at 1-under-par 863, with South Carolina (871), Louisiana Tech (874) and Chattanooga and Baylor (tied at 875) rounding out the top five.
Texas' Brandon Stone, the ninth ranked player in the nation, won the tournament by three strokes after rounds of 72-68-67=207 (-9). UT's Julio Vegas finished second at 6-under-par 210 and the Longhorns' Toni Hakula tied Baylor's Filippo Zucchetti for third at 5-under-par 211.
LU junior Stephane Dubois tied for 31st in the 85-man field with a three-round total of 221 (+5). Dubois opened with a 76 before shooting an even-par 72 and closing with a 73. Dubois had 15 pars Sunday, adding one birdie and a pair of bogeys.
Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam
tied for 25th, but was playing as an individual so his scores didn't count toward Lamar's team total. Burenstam carded a 76 in Friday's first round before posting a 71 and a 72 for a 219 total (+3).
Fellow sophomore Luke Jerling tied for 48th with a 224 total (+8), with Greg Wiggins tying for 56th at 226 (+10) and Marc Dobias tying for 67th with a 230 total (+14).
Jerling, who opened with a 73 and followed with a 75, closed the tournament with a 76 which included three birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.
Wiggins shot a final round 77 after scores of 76 and 73. The freshman from Germany suffered three double bogeys on Sunday, adding two birdies and a bogey. Dobias led Lamar with five birdies in the final round, but also had five bogeys and a double bogey for a final round 74 that followed a pair of 78s.
The Cardinals will next play at the General Hackler Championship starting on March 11. The two-day event is hosted by Coastal Carolina at DeBordieu Club.