Nov. 4, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -
The Lamar Cardinal golf team fired an 11-over 571 (286-285) Monday afternoon to finish the opening day of the Gifford Collegiate seventh overall. Led by juniors Gustaf Burenstam and Luke Jerling, who ended the day with top-25 performances, the Cardinals finished the day ahead of No. 43 Tennessee, and are only seventh strokes back of No. 14 UCLA. Top-ranked Alabama leads the tournament with a nine-under 551 on the 6,900-yard, par-70 course. Of the six teams currently ahead of Lamar, all six are ranked among the nation's top 37, including three in the top 10.
Burenstam opened the day with a one-under 69, and continued his strong play in the second round firing a two-over par. Burenstam ended the day tied for 16th overall. Jerling is five spots back of Burenstam on the leaderboard, but finished the day just a stroke back of his teammate after firing a 72-70 - 142.
Senior Stephane Dubois and freshman Louis Bemberg are tied for 30th heading into Tuesday's final round of action. Dubois fired consecutive rounds of 72, while Bemberg followed his opening-round three-over par 73 with a one-over 71.
Sophomore Gregory Wiggins will enter the final round looking to bounce back from a tough opening day of competition. Wiggins was never able to find his stroke Monday carding a 77-75-152. He enters the final day tied for 52nd overall.
The Cardinals return to action with an early start for the final round from Pelican Hill. LU will tee off at 7 a.m. Pacific (9 a.m. Beaumont time).
2013 Gifford Collegiate
Pelican Hill - Newport Beach, Calif.
Nov. 4, 2013
1. Alabama 275-276 - 551
2. Northwestern 279-275 - 554
3. SMU 277-283 - 560
USC 283-277 - 560
5. Washington 277-284 - 561
6. UCLA 285-279 - 564
7. Lamar 286-285 - 571
8. Coastal Carolina 295-285 - 580
9. Tennessee 298-284 - 582
Oregon 294-288 - 582