April 25, 2011
FORT WORTH - Lamar University got a consistent performance from each of its golfers Monday and finds itself in second place after the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament from Waterchase Golf Club.
The 54-hole event will continue on Tuesday on the par-72, 7,304-yard course, before finishing with Wednesday's final round. The Cardinals are looking for their 24th SLC crown in men's golf, with no other school having won more than three.
Juniors Kevin Hesbois and M.J. Daffue are tied for ninth after each shooting 73. Hesbois was even through 17 holes, but took a six on the par-5 18th hole. Daffue was 2-under through 12 holes, but played the last six holes at 3-over to settle for a 73. UTSA's Ryan Were leads the field of 50 golfers after shooting a 71.
"I'm a little disappointed that we didn't close out the round," said LU head coach Brian White. "At the same time, we didn't kill ourselves and are still in a position that we can win the tournament."
UT Arlington, which serves as the tournament host, leads the 10-team field after a 3-over 291. Lamar is four back after a 295 (+7), followed by Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin in a third place tie at 296 (+8).
UTSA is fifth at 300 (+12), followed by Sam Houston State (305), Texas State and Central Arkansas (306), McNeese State (308) and Nicholls (312).
Sophomore Erik Knudsen, who is the only Cardinal to have not played in last year's SLC Tournament, is tied for 14th after carding a 74.
Junior Xavier Feyaerts is one stroke behind Knudsen after posting a 75 and is tied for 19th, while Pierre-Alexis Rolland is tied for 23rd after a 76.