April 9, 2012
THE WOODLANDS - Playing for the second time in a week, the Lamar University men's golf team struggled on the first day of action at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate.
Playing on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club, Lamar stands in last place in the 15-team tournament after Monday's first two rounds. The final round in the 54-hole event will be played Tuesday on the par-72, 7,018-yard layout.
Freshman Luke Jerling was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals on Monday. After opening with a 3-over-par 75, Jerling fired a 3-under-par 69 to finish in a tie for 26th place at level par 144. Jerling's second round 69 was just one stroke off his career low and was the only score under par for Lamar on the day.
Lamar finished round one with a 14-over-par total of 302 before improving to a 297 in the afternoon round for a 36-hole score of 599 (+23). Lamar stands one stroke behind Rice.
No. 10 Arkansas, which is coached by former Lamar head coach Brad McMakin, posted rounds of 280-276 for a two-round score of 556 (-20). The Razorbacks are four strokes ahead of No. 32 North Texas (560) with No. 14 Texas A&M (562), No. 44 SMU (571) and host Houston (574) rounding out the top five.
Texas A&M's Geoff Shaw leads the 81-player field through two rounds after carding rounds of 69 and 67 for an 8-under-par total of 136. Arkansas' Kolton Crawford is one stroke behind after rounds of 68 and 69.
Senior Kevin Hesbois and freshman Gustaf Burenstam are tied for 64th with 151 totals (+7). Both players opened with 75s before shooting 76 in the afternoon round.
Seniors M.J. Daffue and Xavier Feyaerts round out the Cardinals' fivesome. Both players finished with 154 totals (+10) as Daffue shot a 78 and a 76, while Feyaerts posted a pair of 77s.
Senior Jake Fuljenz
, who is playing as an individual, carded a pair of 80s and stands in a tie for 80th at 16-over-par.