Feb. 19, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
In a rare weekend collegiate tournament, the Lamar Cardinals golf team has a short turnaround to prepare for the Bayou City Collegiate Championship Friday in Humble, Texas. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played on the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. It is a 6,982-yard, par-72 course.
The Bayou City Collegiate Championships will pit Lamar against a 14-team field. The tournament field consists of hosts Houston and Rice, Arkansas, Baylor, Charlotte, Houston Baptist, UL Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, South Carolina, Texas, South Florida and UTSA. Six teams in the field are ranked among the GolfStat Top 30 rankings.
The Cardinals are coming off a 12th-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational where they opened with a 297. Lamar posted its highest round (300) in the second round, but rallied to record their lowest round of the week on the final day. The Cardinals closed out the tournament with a 289, but despite the final-round improvement Lamar was unable to climb in the standings.
Lamar was led by sophomore Gregory Wiggins who remained consistent throughout the three rounds. Wiggins fired a 73-73-73 - 219 (+9) to post a top-25 finish. Wiggins finished the tournament just a stroke up on teammate Stephane Dubois. Wiggins and Dubois were the only two Cardinals to finish the tournament among the leaderboard's top 30.
Friday's tournament begins a tough stretch for the Caridnals. The LU men will be playing in four tournaments over the next four weeks. Lamar will get a little extra time to prepare for the Floridian Invitational beginning March 24 which is less than a month before the start of the Southland Conference Championships.
Lamar will be paired up with UL Lafayette and Louisiana Tech in Friday's opening round. The Cardinals will play Friday at 9:45 a.m. Lamar's five players will go off the 10th tee in nine-minute intervals.