March 12, 2013
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Lamar University junior Stephane Dubois picked up his first top 20 finish of the spring semester Tuesday to help the men's golf team to a sixth place finish at the 2013 General Hackler Championship.
Playing on the par-72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach, Dubois carded a final round 74 (+2) for a 54-hole total of 224 (+8) and a tie for 17th place. The Wisconsin transfer posted 14 pars, one birdie and three bogeys en route to his 74.
As a team, Lamar had their best score of the tournament on Tuesday with an 8-over-par 296. The Cardinals shot 301 and 308 on Monday for a 54-hole total of 905 (+41). No. 17 Arkansas and No. 23 Kent State tied for first at 873 (+9), with No. 29 Tennessee (880), No. 48 and host Coastal Carolina (892) and East Tennessee State (898) rounding out the top five in the 11-team field.
Lamar's best finisher was senior Marc Dobias who tied for eighth place with a three-round total of 219 (+3). Dobias, who was playing the tournament as an individual and did not count toward the Cardinals' team totals, posted rounds of 75-71-73.
Dobias opened on the back nine Tuesday and was 1-under-par at the turn. The VCU transfer carried that total into the final hole before a double bogey on the par-4 ninth cost him a second consecutive sub-par round.
Oliver Goss of Tennessee and Taylor Pendrith of Kent State tied for individual medalist honors with 1-under-par totals of 215. Arkansas' Thomas Sorensen began the final round with a two stroke lead, but closed with a 77 to fall back into a fifth place tie.
LU sophomore Luke Jerling finished in a 25th place tie at 228 (+12) after posting back-to-back 77s following an opening round 74. In Tuesday's final round, Jerling managed a pair of birdies, but also took a double bogey and five bogeys, including four straight to end his round.
Freshman Greg Wiggins
and Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam
tied for 30th place at 230 (+14). The young duo posted Lamar's best two rounds Tuesday as Wiggins closed with an even-par 72 and Burenstam was one stroke behind with a 73.
After bogeying his first two holes Tuesday, Wiggins ran off three straight pars before getting a stroke back on the par-5 sixth hole. He would then par the ensuing seven holes before a birdie on 14 got him back to level par. Wiggins would par out from there for his 72.
Burenstam opened his final round with nine straight pars before taking a bogey on the 10th hole. He would then bogey two of the next five holes, but picked up birdies on the 16th and 18th holes for a strong finish.
Senior Erik Knudsen tied for 34th, one stroke behind Wiggins and Burenstam with a 231 total (+15). Knudsen opened with a 74, followed with an 80 and then closed with a 77 on Tuesday.
The Cardinals will have little time off as they will begin play in the Border Olympics from Laredo Country Club on Friday.