April 10, 2012
THE WOODLANDS - Freshman Luke Jerling had a top 30 finish Tuesday at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate, helping the Lamar University men's golf team move up to a tie for 13th in the talented field.
Playing on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club, Jerling posted a final round 74 on the par-72, 7,018-yard layout to finish tied for 29th. Jerling opened the tournament with a 75 before carding a 3-under-par 69 in round two.
LU seniors Xavier Feyaerts and M.J. Daffue saved their best for last as they each broke par in Tuesday's final round. Feyaerts, who posted six birdies in his final round 70, opened with a pair of 77s for a three-round total of 224 (+6) and a tie for 58th.
Daffue entered the final round tied with Feyaerts after rounds of 78 and 76 on Monday, but finished one stroke behind after a final round 71. Daffue, who tied for 61st in the 81-player field, had three birdies and two bogeys in his final round for a 54-hole total of 225 (+7).
No. 10 Arkansas took home the team title in the 15-team field, surviving a late scare from North Texas to win by one shot. The Razorbacks finished with a 23-under-par total of 841, with North Texas (842), Texas A&M (845), SMU (857) and Baylor (861) rounding out the top five.
Lamar shot an even-par 288 team total in the final round to move into a tie for 13th with Notre Dame at 23-over-par 887. Rice finished 20 shots behind the Cardinals with a 907 total, while tournament host Houston placed ninth at 7-over-par 871.
Geoff Shaw of Texas A&M won individual medalist honors with an impressive 11-under-par 205 total. Shaw sandwiched a round of 67 between a pair of 69s to finish two shots ahead of North Texas' Curtis Donahoe.
Senior Kevin Hesbois finished tied with Feyaerts for 58th place at 6-over-par. Hesbois closed with a 73 which included a solid 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. He posted rounds of 75 and 76 on Monday.
Freshman Gustaf Burenstam
was the Cardinals' final golfer, tying for 76th at 15-over-par 231. Burenstam opened with a 75 and 76 on Monday, but had to settle for a final round 80.
Senior Jake Fuljenz, playing his first tournament this season, placed 80th after rounds of 80-80-78=238 (+20).
The Cardinals will jump back in action Saturday at the Wolfpack Spring Open hosted by N.C. State. It will be Lamar's final tournament before the Southland Conference Championships set for Apr. 23-25.