March 28, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior golfer Marc Dobias fired an opening round 3-under-par 67 in Thursday's opening round of the 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate to help Lamar University to a 12th place showing heading into Friday's second round.
Playing on the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course, the VCU transfer posted the low round by a Cardinal this season in finishing in a tie for 10th place through the first 18 holes. Dobias is one stroke back from a group of nine golfers who all shot 4-under-par 66s Thursday.
The 18-team tournament which features seven teams ranked in Golfweek's top 50 will continue Friday morning with round 2 and will conclude with the final 18 holes Saturday.
Dobias began on the back nine and opened with four straight pars before taking a birdie on the par-3 14th hole. He would add a birdie on 18 to make the turn at 2-under-par. The first-year Cardinal then eagled the par-5 first hole to move to 4-under par with eight holes to play.
Dobias took bogeys on holes No. 3, 6 and 9, but added birdies at the fifth and seventh holes to finish with a 34 on the front 9. Not only is the 67 the best score by a Cardinal this season, but it is four strokes lower than Dobias' best effort this year.
As a team, the Cardinals shot a 6-over-par total of 286 and stand alone in 12th place on the tightly packed leaderboard. Iowa and No. 31 Northwestern are tied for 10th place, just two strokes ahead of Lamar at 284, with Colorado in ninth after a 283 and No. 47 Oregon in eighth at 282.
Host and 10th ranked Stanford leads the tournament after registering an 8-under-par 272. No. 22 St. Mary's is one stroke back in second, with No. 8 TCU (274), San Francisco (275) and San Jose State (276) rounding out the top five. Seventh-ranked USC was the only other team to finish under par and stands in sixth with a 3-under total of 277.
LU freshman Greg Wiggins battled back from a tough start and is tied for 19th place after a 1-under-par total of 69. Wiggins bogeyed his opening hole and was 2-over after six holes. He would then birdie three of his next four holes and closed his round with two birdies over the final three to offset a pair of front nine bogeys.
Junior Stephane Dubois
is tied for 66th in the field of 96 golfers after an opening round 74 (+4). Dubois picked up four birdies in his opening round, but also carded a double bogey and six bogeys on day one.
Senior Erik Knudsen and sophomore Luke Jerling round out the Cardinals' lineup. Knudsen is tied for 83rd after an opening round 76, while Jerling is in 96th place with a 13-over-par 83. Knudsen managed only a pair of birdies, adding eight bogeys and eight pars.
Jerling got off to a disastrous start with a quadruple bogey-8 on his opening hole. Lamar's only returning All-Southland Conference player also had a triple bogey-7 on the par-4 second hole and finished with six bogeys and no birdies.