Nov. 6, 2012
SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Lamar University was one of only three teams to break par Tuesday at the Gifford Collegiate as the Cardinals' golf team moved from 10th place to sixth place heading into Wednesday's final round.
The Cardinals improved their team total by 20 strokes from round 1 after shooting a 2-under-par 353 on the par-71, 7,360-yard CordeValle Country Club layout. The final round in the 54-hole tournament will begin Wednesday morning. This is the only tournament Lamar competes in where six golfers play and five scores are counted.
Senior Erik Knudsen had the Cardinals' best score Tuesday with a career-low round of 3-under-par 68. Knudsen, who had two birdies and an eagle in the second round, moved into a tie for 14th with a 143 total for 36 holes (+1).
Stanford's Cameron Wilson maintained the individual lead despite shooting a second round 74. Wilson shot a sparkling 61 in the opening round for a 36-hole total of 135 (-7). Tennessee's Rick Lamb and Pontus Widegren of host UCLA are tied for second at 5-under-par 137.
Fifth-ranked UCLA widened its team lead after shooting a 6-under-par 349 for a 36-hole score of 699 (-11). No. 17 Stanford is second at 708 (-2), with No. 30 Tennessee (716), No. 8 and defending champion USC (718) and No. 23 Northwestern (720) rounding out the top five.
Lamar stands in sixth with a 726 total (+16), two strokes ahead of No. 13 SMU (728). No. 46 Coastal Carolina (733), San Jose State (737) and No. 50 Oregon State (739) round out the 10-team field.
Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam, who led Lamar with a 72 on Monday, is tied for 27th with a 145 total (+3). Burenstam shot a second round 73 which included one birdie and three bogeys.
Senior Marc Dobias, sophomore Tore Lindtveit and junior Stephane Dubois each shot even-par 71s in the second round. Dobias and Lindtveit are tied for 33rd after each also began the tournament with 75s for a 146 total (+4).
Dubois is one stroke back in a tie for 40th after combining his 71 with an opening 76 for a 147 total (+5).
Lamar's final golfer is freshman Greg Wiggins who is tied for 54th in the 72-player tournament with a 151 total (+9). Wiggins opened with a 79 and improved to a 72 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Luke Jerling is also competing as an individual and is tied for 68th after rounds of 79-77=156 (+14).