March 16, 2013
LAREDO - Stephane Dubois and Marc Dobias each finished in the top 15 on Saturday to help the Lamar men's golf team to a fourth place finish in a strong field at the 2013 Border Olympics.
The Cardinals, who won the tournament in 2012, closed the 54-hole event with a team score of 292 (+4) on the par-72, 7,319-yard layout. Lamar shot 294 in Friday's opening round and added a 290 in the second round to finish with an 876 total (+12), two strokes ahead of No. 37 Baylor (878).
Dobias had the Cardinals' best final round with a 1-under-par 71 to move into a tie for 15th place in the 79-man field. The senior transfer from VCU opened with a pair of 74s for a three round total of 219 (+3).
Dobias managed four birdies Saturday to more than offset his three bogeys. After playing the front nine at 1-over-par, Dobias birdied three of his next six holes after making the turn to shoot a 34 over the final nine holes.
Dubois tied for 12th to lead the Cardinals after rounds of 73-71-74 for a 2-over-par total of 218. The junior took a double bogey on his second hole of the final round but responded with a birdie on the very next hole. Dubois played the back nine at even par, but was 2-over on the front.
Tournament host Houston won the team title by eight strokes after shooting a final round total of 278 (-10). The 33rd ranked Cougars finished with a 5-under-par total of 859 for three rounds to finish eight ahead of No. 35 Oklahoma (867). Central Arkansas placed third in the 14-team field with an 869 total, seven shots better than Lamar.
UCA's James Newton finished with a 74 on Saturday, but had already built a big lead and took home individual medalist honors with a 7-under-par score of 209. UH's Wesley McClain placed second with a 211 total (-5) and teammate Kyle Pilgrim was third at 213 (-3).
LU sophomore Luke Jerling, who began the final round tied for ninth, struggled to a final round 79 and dropped to a 30th place tie with a 223 total (+7). The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year managed just one birdie in his final round and took four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
Fellow sophomore Gustaf Burenstam
had a solid tournament as he tied for 18th place with a 5-over-par total of 221. Burenstam, who played the tournament as an individual and did not count toward the Cards' team total, posted rounds of 75-73-73.
Senior Erik Knudsen and freshman Greg Wiggins rounded out the Cardinals' lineup, finishing just one stroke apart. Knudsen tied for 43rd place after rounds of 74-79-73 left him with an 8-over-par total of 226. Knudsen played a clean back nine with eight pars and one birdie, but took three bogeys on the front for his 1-over-par finish.
Wiggins birdied his first hole of the final round, but took a pair of bogeys and a double bogey on the ensuing six holes to move to 3-over-par. He would birdie two more holes but also added a bogey to finish at 2-over on the day and with a 227 score for three rounds to tie for 46th place.
The Cardinals will next be in action at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford. The three-day tournament will start on March 28.