WAYZATA, Minn. - Lamar University closed out its opening men's golf tournament of the fall season Monday from Spring Hill Golf Club with an eighth place finish in the talented field of the Gopher Invitational.
The Cardinals began the last day in fifth place but struggled to a final round team score of 322 on the par-72, 7,020-yard Tom Fazio designed golf course. Lamar finished the 54-hole event with a 915 total score (+51) after posting rounds of 292 and 301 on Sunday.
California led the tournament wire-to-wire to pick up the team victory with a 2-under-par total of 862. SMU finished second in the 15-team field with an 876 total (+12), followed by Arkansas (888), Kent State (894) and New Mexico (895). Host Minnesota finished 13th with a 932 score.
LU senior Erik Knudsen led the Cardinals in a tie for 29th with a 229 total (+13). Knudsen opened with a 71, but followed up with a 76 in the second round and a disappointing 82 on Monday. His final round included a pair of triple bogeys.
For the second straight round, sophomore Gustaf Burenstam led the Cardinals. After opening with a 79, Burenstam carded a team-best 73 in round 2 before closing with a 78. His 230 total (+14) left him in a tie for 32nd in the 77-man field.
Kent State's Corey Conners moved from seventh place at the start of the day to win individual medalist honors after closing with a 4-under-par 68. Conners posted rounds of 75 and 70 on Sunday for a 54-hole score of 213 (-3), one stroke better than Cal's Max Homa and Michael Kim.
Lamar sophomore Luke Jerling finished one stroke behind Burenstam in a tie for 39th at 231 (+15). Jerling finished his tournament with an 80 to go along with day one scores of 76 and 75. His three final round birdies couldn't offset the seven bogeys and two double bogeys on his scorecard.
Newcomer Marc Dobias
tied for 41st after finishing the tournament with an 84. Dobias, who transferred from VCU for his senior season, carded a 71 in his first round as a Cardinal and backed it up with a 77 to finish at 16-over-par 232.
Junior Stephane Dubois took 47th place after rounds of 74-77-82=233 (+17). Dubois, who tied for fifth at the Canadian Amateur over the summer, had three double bogeys on his final round scorecard as he fell from 31st at the start of the day.
Lamar will continue its fall schedule in two weeks at the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern at the Skokie Country Club.