Nov. 7, 2012
SAN MARTIN, Calif. - Lamar University closed out its fall golf schedule Wednesday with an eighth place finish at the highly competitive Gifford Collegiate from CordeValle Country Club.
Eight of the 10 teams in the field are currently ranked in the top 50 nationally, including five of the top 25. The 54-hole tournament was played on the par-71, 7,360-yard CordeValle layout with each team playing six golfers and the top five scores counting each day.
Lamar closed with a 376 total (+21) to finish with a final score of 1102 (+37), two strokes ahead of No. 13 SMU (1104) and seven better than No. 50 Oregon State (1109). Tournament host and fifth-ranked UCLA won the event at 3-under-par 1062.
No. 17 Stanford placed second at 1070, followed by No. 8 USC (1082), No. 30 Tennessee (1085), No. 23 Northwestern (1093), San Jose State (1095) and No. 46 Coastal Carolina (1098).
LU senior Erik Knudsen and sophomore Gustaf Burenstam tied for 31st in the 72-man field to lead the Cardinals. Knudsen carded rounds of 75-68-77 for his 220 total (+7), while Burenstam shot 72-73-75.
Tennessee's Rick Lamb took home individual medalist honors with a 6-under-par total of 207. Oregon State's David Fink and Stanford's Cameron Wilson tied for second at 4-under-par 209 as only seven players in the field finished under par.
Freshman Greg Wiggins had his best round of the fall Wednesday as he carded a 1-under-par 70 for Lamar's best round of the day. Wiggins, who also shot rounds of 79 and 72, was able to move up to a tie for 36th with a 221 total (+8).
Playing in just his second tournament for Lamar, Wiggins avoided putting up any big numbers as he recorded four birdies and just three bogeys on the day. At one point, Wiggins ran off three birdies over a 5-hole stretch to get back under par.
Senior Marc Dobias tied for 41st for Lamar with a 223 total (+10). Dobias was one of three Cardinals to shoot a 77 on Wednesday after rounds of 75 and 71 over the first two days of competition.
Junior Stephane Dubois
also shot a final round 77 and finished tied for 49th with a 224 total (+11). Dubois opened the tournament with a 76 and shot an even-par 71 on day two as the Cardinals shot a 2-under-par 353 in the second round.
Sophomore Tore Lindtveit finished one stroke behind Dobias in a 52nd place tie at 225 (+12). Lindtveit shot scores of 75-71-79. Fellow sophomore Luke Jerling played as an individual and finished 72nd with scores of 79-77-83=239 (+26).