Sept. 12, 2010
WAYZATA, Minn. - Lamar University junior Kevin Hesbois posted rounds of 72-70=142 (-2) on Sunday to finish the first day of action at the Gopher Invitational in a fourth place tie and help the Cardinal golf team to a seventh place standing through 36 holes.
Despite being seventh of 11 teams, Lamar is just six strokes out of third place heading into Monday's final round of 18. The Cardinals brought home the team title in the event in 2007 on the par-72, 7020-yard Spring Hill Golf Club.
LSU (+6) shot a blistering 281 (-7) as a team in the second round to move from ninth after 18 holes to first place after 36. Kent State (+8) is just two strokes back, with Arkansas and UNC-Charlotte tied for third at 588 (+12) and UNC-Greensboro (+15) rounding out the top five.
Hesbois shot three straight 74s at the event last year to tie for 21st place. The two-year letterman out of Belgium trails Kent State's John Hahn by seven strokes after Hahn recorded impressive rounds of 68-67=135 (-9).
Fellow juniors M.J. Daffue and Xavier Feyaerts are tied for 23rd after each golfer shot identical rounds of 75-75=150 (+6). Freshman J.T. Taylor rebounded from an opening 79 to fire a 74 in the afternoon and is tied for 34th at nine over par.
Junior transfer Matt Stephens opened with a 78, but shot a disappointing 87 in the second round and finds himself in 56th place out of 60 golfers.