April 14, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -
Led by freshman Zander Gous' first-round seven-under 65, the Lamar Cardinals set an 18-hole course record in the opening round of the 2014 Wofford Invitational on the par 72 Country Club of Spartanburg course Monday afternoon. The record score gave the Cardinals a one-stroke lead, 273-274, over Elon heading into the second round of competition.
Gous led a strong opening round from Lamar as all five players recorded par, or better, rounds. The team's opening-round 273 also marked the Lamar's lowest round of the season.
Despite firing a four-under 284 in the second round, the Cardinals were unable to hold the team lead as Elon eclipsed Lamar's record in the opening round by posting a 272 in the second. Lamar enters the third and final round 11 strokes back of Elon, 546-557.
"We really put together a great team effort this afternoon," said head coach Brian White. "Zander really showed what he can do on the course, and that is the reason we brought him in. It wasn't just Zander, because we got great play up-and-down our lineup.
"When you have three guys shoot under 70, and the score you drop is an even par round, it is a good round. It is just a shame the rains had to come in when they did. Elon responded really well afterward and finished strong. We are still in the hunt but we have our work cut out for us," added White.
Gous entered the second-round in a two-way tie for first, and was two under when play was suspended due to the rains. Gous gave only one stroke back after the nearly 90 minute delay and leads Lamar 65-71 - 136. He remains in the hunt for the individual title tied for second only three strokes off the leader.
Junior Gustaf Burenstam fired a three-under 69 in the opening round and followed that up with a one-under 71. He enters Tuesday's final round four strokes back of Gous, tied for 12th overall.
Freshman Louis Bemberg
carded the team's lowest score in the second round. He fired a three-under 69, after a recording a 71 in the first round, to move into a tie for 12th with Burenstam (71-69 - 140).
Senior Stephane Dubois posted the team's second-lowest round with a four-under in the first, but was unable to keep that pace in the second round. Dubois finished the day tied for 17th overall with a 68-73 - 141. Sophomore Gregory Wiggins closed out the LU scorecard with a 72-72 - 145. He enters the final round tied for 37th overall.
The Cardinals return to the course Tuesday to close out the final round of the Wofford Invitational. Play is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. from the Country Club of Spartanburg course.
2014 Wofford Invitational
Country Club of Spartanburg - Spartanburg, S.C.
April 14, 2014
1. Elon 274-272 - 546
2. Lamar 273-284 - 557
3. Wofford 277-281 - 558
4. Gardner-Webb 286-279 - 565
TCU 278-287 - 565
6. Radford 280-288 - 568
7. Longwood 283-287 - 570
Appalachian State 287-283 - 570
9. USC Upstate 290-287 - 577
10. Francis Marion 285-294 - 579
11. James Madison 293-287 - 580
12. Stetson 293-291 - 584
Presbyterian 288-296 - 584
Western Carolina 292-292 - 584
15. High Point 299-298 - 597