April 10, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four Cardinals posted rounds in the 60s and Lamar University shot the best round of the day and the tournament to move into second place following Tuesday's final round of the Palisades Collegiate Classic co-hosted by Davidson College and the University of Charlotte at Palisades Country Club.
Dawie Van Der Walt, a junior from Cape Town, South Africa, fired a final round 4-under par 68 and tied for second place at 7-under 69-72-68--209. Callum Macaulay of Mississippi also shot a 7-under 209. Brad Benjamin of Memphis won individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207.
Lamar, who entered Tuesday's final round tied for eighth and 20 strokes behind the co-leaders, shot a blistering 15-under 273. The Cardinals posted a 54-hole total of 289-294-273--856. Charlotte, who shared the 36-hole lead with Southeastern Louisiana, shot a final round 2-under 286 and held off the Cardinals by seven strokes with a 54-hole score of 849.
Mississippi placed third in the 18-team field at 858. SLU shot a final round 296 and slipped to fourth place at 860. Tennessee-Chattanooga and Louisville tied for fifth place at 862.
Dusty Smith, a senior from The Woodlands, closed with a final round 3-under 69 and tied for 19th place at even-par 216. Justin Harding, a sophomore from Cape Town, South Africa, shot the Cardinals' second 4-under 68 Tuesday and tied for 25th place at 1-over 217.
Oliver Bekker, a sophomore from Stellenbosch, South Africa, shot a final round 1-over 73 and tied for 37th at 220. Casey Clendenon, a junior from Katy, posted the Lamar's third round of 4-under 68 and tied for 52nd at 224.
This was Lamar's final tune-up before the Southland Conference Championship, which begins Monday at Comanche Ranch Golf Club in Kerrville. The Cardinals are the defending champions and have won a league-best 20 SLC titles.