Sept. 26, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With two rounds played Monday, the Lamar University men's golf team finds itself in eighth place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic from Warren Golf Course. The Cardinals' final round will begin Tuesday morning at 9:25 off the 10th tee.
Lamar has played in all six Fighting Irish Classics, never finishing lower than fifth and picking up a team victory in the inaugural event in 2006. Playing on the par 70, 7,023-yard layout, Lamar posted rounds of 293-297=590 (+30).
Houston will carry the lead into Tuesday's final round after scores of 291 and 284 for a 15-over-par total. St. Mary's (CA) stands in second in the 12-team field at 18-over-par, with UT Arlington (+21), Minnesota and Missouri (+22), host Notre Dame (+23), and Miami of Ohio (+29) leading Lamar.
LU senior Xavier Feyaerts is tied for 16th after rounds of 72 and 73. His five-over-par total leaves him six strokes behind tournament leader Paul McConnell of UTA who fired rounds of 71 and 68. Feyaerts was the Cardinals' top finisher at last year's event with a tie for ninth at three-over par.
Fellow senior Kevin Hesbois is two strokes behind Feyaerts in a tie for 23rd after carding rounds of 73 and 74 (+7). Freshman Luke Jerling, who is playing in the tournament for the first time, shot 74 and 76 (+10) to stand in a tie for 42nd.
Also tied for 42nd in the field of 70 golfers is LU senior M.J. Daffue. The 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year posted rounds of 74 and 76. Erik Knudsen opened with a 78 and improved to a 74 in the second round, and is tied for 49th at 12-over-par.
Lamar freshman Gustaf Burenstam
, who is playing in his first collegiate event, is tied for 11th at four-over-par after shooting a pair of 72s. Burenstam is playing as an individual, so his scores don't count toward the team total.