April 23, 2013
McKINNEY - Freshman Greg Wiggins shot a second round 75 on Tuesday to sit just three strokes off the overall lead and help keep Lamar in contention to defend its men's golf title heading into the final round of the Southland Conference Tournament.
As a team, the Cardinals have a two-day total of 622 after shooting a second round 26-over-par 315 on the par-72, 7,346-yard Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. Lamar heads into the final round 17 strokes back of tournament leader Southeastern Louisiana, which has a two-day total of 605 (+29).
Central Arkansas, which led after round 1, fell to second at 607 (+31) and Stephen F. Austin is third with a 620 (+44) total. Sam Houston State is nine strokes behind the Cardinals in fifth with a 631 (+55), with Nicholls (633), Oral Roberts (635) and McNeese State (642) rounding out the eight-team field.
Wiggins, who doesn't have a top 20 finish this season, sits in fourth place alone with one round to play with a 152 total. His 75 on Tuesday follows an opening round 77 to leave him at 8-over-par for the tournament. Wiggins' lone birdie came on the par-5 7th hole as he finished his second round with 13 pars and 4 bogeys.
Wiggins is three strokes behind a trio of players who share the lead with totals of 149 (+5). Central Arkansas has two players at 5-over-par in James Newton and Pep Angles, while SLU's Rhys West shot a 76 to grab a share of the lead for the Lions.
Erik Knudsen, Lamar's lone returning player from last year's conference championship team, stands in a tie for fifth after at 9-over-par 153. Knudsen, who opened the tournament with a 74, settled for a 79 on day two. After going out in 38 on Tuesday, Knudsen struggled on the back 9, coming home with a 41 that included five bogeys and four pars.
Junior Stephane Dubois shot a 79 on Tuesday, recording one birdie to go along with six bogeys and one double bogey. The Wisconsin transfer, who opened with a 78 on Monday, is tied for 19th in the 40-player field with a two-day total of 157 (+13).
got off to a rough start to his second round; double bogeying three holes on the front nine en route to an 11-over-par 83. The sophomore carded a 78 in round 1 and now stands at 17-over-par and in 26th place with a 161 total.
Senior transfer Marc Dobias is tied for 27th, one stroke behind Burenstam with a 162 total (+18). After starting with two pars on Tuesday, Dobias played the next eight holes at seven over par. He did have two birdies on the back 9, but also had a triple bogey and a double bogey on his round as he finished with an 82.
The 50th Southland Conference Tournament concludes Wednesday with final round action from the Pete Dye designed course. Lamar leads all Southland Conference schools with 24 league titles in men's golf.