April 15, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -
Trailing by 11 strokes entering the final day, the Lamar Cardinals rallied to win the 2014 Wofford Invitational. The Cardinals fired a 12-under par 276 Tuesday afternoon on the par 72 Country Club of Spartanburg course to hold off host Wofford, and record the come-from-behind victory over Elon. The Cardinals finished the week with a 273-284-276 - 833 to pull out a four-stroke victory.
Lamar's 276 set a third-round course record just 24 hours after Lamar set the tournament course record in the opening round.
The Cardinals finished the day with three golfers on the leaderboard's top 10, including two in the top five.
"I am so very proud of these guys," said head coach Brian White. "They started the day 11 strokes back, which is no easy task to overcome, but they didn't panic. No one tried to do too much, everyone stayed within themselves and methodically chipped away at the lead. In addition to that, the conditions here weren't favorable but we stayed focused and didn't allow the weather to affect us. I couldn't be more proud of their effort today."
The 18th hole proved to be the deciding factor for Lamar as the Cardinals picked up six strokes through their first four groups that played the hole. Sophomore Gregory Wiggins and senior Stephane Dubois each gained a stroke while freshman Louis Bemberg and junior Gustaf Burenstam each gained two strokes over Elon on the 18th green.
Dubois and Burenstam buried long putts for their gains on 18. After watching his Elon counterpart hit a 25-foot putt for par, Dubois calmly stepped up and nailed a 15-footer for birdie. Dubois was followed by Burenstam who drilled a 31-foot putt in a downpour for birdie.
Dubois led the Cardinals with a five-under par 67 Tuesday to finish the tournament tied for second overall with a 69-71-68 - 208. Dubois' final day five-under moved him into a tie for second with Burenstam who closed tournament with a four-under 68. Burenstam posted a three-round 69-71-68 -208 at Wofford. The Lamar duo received Wofford Invitational All-Tournament honors for their efforts.
Freshman Louis Bemberg continued his strong play recording a top-10 finish with his third under-par round. Bemberg fired a 71-69-70 - 210 to finish tied for eighth overall. Bemberg finished the tournament just two strokes ahead of freshman Zander Gous who tied for 16th with a 65-71-76 - 212.
Sophomore Gregory Wiggins rounded out the Lamar scorecard by shooting par. Wiggins finished the week tied for 28th with a 72-73-71 - 216.
The Cardinals return to action Monday, April 21st, when they travel to McKinney, Texas to compete in the Southland Conference Championships. The championships will take place at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
2014 Wofford Invitational
Country Club of Spartanburg - Spartanburg, S.C.
April 14-15, 2014
1. Lamar 273-284-276 - 833
2. Elon 274-272-291 - 837
3. Wofford 277-281-282 - 840
4. Radford 280-288-281 - 849
5. TCU 278-287-288 - 853
Appalachian State 287-283-283 - 853
7. Gardner-Webb 286-279-295 - 860
8. Longwood 283-287-298 - 868
9. Francis Marion 285-294-293 - 872
10. James Madison 293-287-296 - 876
11. Presbyterian 288-296-293 - 877
12. USC Upstate 290-287-302 - 879
13. Western Carolina 292-292-302 - 886
14. Stetson 293-291-306 - 890
15. High Point 299-298-309 - 906