April 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Behind the strong play of freshman Luke Jerling and senior M.J. Daffue on Saturday, the Lamar University men's golf team will go into Sunday's final round of the Wolfpack Spring Open with the lead.
Playing at the par-72, 7,358-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Lamar opened the 36-hole tournament with a 4-over-par total of 292. The final round in the 17-team tournament will begin Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
Jerling is tied for the lead in the 90-player field after opening with a 1-under-par 71. Jerling made the turn at 3-under, but took a bogey on the par-4 12th hole and a double bogey on the following hole. He would birdie the par-5 15th hole to finish tied with James Chapman of host North Carolina State and Loyola's (Md.) Jay Mulieri.
Daffue, who picked up the first of his four individual titles at last year's Wolfpack Spring Open, is just one stroke back after an even-par 72 as he looks to defend medalist honors. Daffue birdied the final hole of the day to finish round one in a tie for fourth with three other players.
The Cardinals will carry a two stroke lead into Sunday's final round. The Wolfpack and East Carolina are tied for second at 6-over-par 294. Louisville is fourth at 295 with Loyola (Md.) rounding out the top five after a 299 total.
Senior Xavier Feyaerts is tied for 16th after an opening 74. Feyaerts, who tied for second in the event last year, was 3-over-par through his first six holes before playing the final 12 holes at one under.
Senior Kevin Hesbois and sophomore transfer Stephane Dubois round out the Cardinals' fivesome after posting identical 75s. Both Hesbois and Dubois birdied the 17th hole but settled for bogeys on the final hole to finish their round tied for 21st.
This is the Cardinals' final tournament before opening play at the Southland Conference Championships scheduled for Apr. 23-25 at Stonebridge Country Club in Dallas.