Feb. 8, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - For the second time in the last three seasons, the Lamar University men's golf team will open its spring season at the SunTrust Gator Invitational from the Mark Bostic Golf Course on the University of Florida campus.
The 54-hole event will begin Saturday morning on the par-70, 6,701-yard layout. The 14-team field will play 36 holes Saturday and complete the two-day event with 18 holes on Sunday.
Eight of the 14 teams in the tournament, including Lamar, qualified for last year's NCAA Championships. The Cardinals, who took fourth at the NCAA Greensboro Regional after winning their 24th Southland Conference team title, placed 25th at last year's NCAA Championships from Riviera Country Club.
Joining Lamar and fourth-ranked Florida in the event are: No. 12 Arkansas, No. 23 Florida State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, No. 21 Liberty, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Florida, South Alabama, UAB and UCF.
Lamar opened the 2011 spring season at the Gator Invitational, finishing eighth out of 14 teams. Two-time All-Southland Conference performer M.J. Daffue led the Cardinals with a tie for seventh. Senior Erik Knudsen was the only current Cardinal to play in the event, tying for 41st at 14-over-par.
Knudsen had the Cards' best scoring average through five fall tournaments at 74.9 strokes per round. A native of Norway, Knudsen tied for 12th at the 2012 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate for his best finish of the fall season.
The other returning player who will be competing for Lamar is sophomore Luke Jerling. The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year struggled in the fall season with a 79.5 strokes per round average after posting a 74.0 scoring average last season.
Senior Marc Dobias, junior Stephane Dubois and freshman Greg Wiggins round out the Cards' lineup in Florida. Dubois, a Wisconsin transfer, posted a 75.3 scoring average in the fall. Dobias was just behind at 75.8 and Wiggins averaged 77.7 strokes per round.