March 24, 2014
PALM BEACH, Fla. -
Known for playing one of the toughest schedules of any Southland Conference school, the Lamar Cardinals golf team is proving that to be a truth once again. The Cardinals opened the first day of the Valspar Collegiate firing a 299-288 - 587 to finish the day 15th (+19) on the par 72 Floridian Golf Club course.
Although Lamar closed the day with one of its better rounds of the season, the Cardinals are facing one of the strongest fields to date. The 2014 Valspar Collegiate consists of 11 teams ranked among the nation's top 30 with eight ranked among the nation's top 25, including four in the top 10.
Every Cardinal improved upon their opening-round score in the final 18 holes, except for senior Stephane Dubois, but Dubois was able to duplicate his two-over 74 to end the day 65th with a 148.
Junior Luke Jerling paced the LU attack Monday as one of two Cardinals to record an under-par second round score. He closed the day tied for 40th with a 72-71 - 143. The second Cardinal to close out the day with an under-par round was freshman Zander Gous. The mid-year enrollee was three-over after the first round but battled back to card a two-under par in the second. Gous is currently tied for 52nd at 145.
Freshman Louis Bemberg showed one of the biggest improvements from the first to the second rounds. He closed out the first 18 with a seven over par, but battled back in the afternoon round to fire a one-over 73. He enters Tuesday's final round of action tied for 69th (152). Junior Gustaf Burenstam was unable to carry his momentum from the team's three previous tournaments over to the Valspar. He closed out the Lamar scorecard with a 78-76 - 154 (72nd).
The Cards have 18 holes to try and climb up the team leaderboard. Lamar returns to the course Tuesday for an 8:30 a.m. tee off. Lamar will go off the first tee and will be paired with Arkansas and Florida.
2014 Valspar Invitational
Floridian Golf Club - Palm City, Fla.
March 24, 2014
1. Oklahoma State 273-281 - 554
Georgia Tech 274-280 - 553
3. LSU 278-278 - 556
4. SMU 275-282 - 558
5. Illinois 276-282 - 558
6. UCLA 283-278 - 561
Florida State 282-279 - 561
8. Tennessee 280-282 - 562
Texas A&M 277-285 - 562
10. South Florida 285-280 - 565
11. Houston 276-290 - 566
12. Kent State 283-285 - 568
13. Arkansas 283-286 - 569
14. Florida 281-290 - 571
15. Lamar 299-288 - 587