March 9, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
After consecutive three-day tournaments the Lamar Cardinals travel to South Carolina to compete in the General Hackler Championship beginning Monday. Hosted by Coastal Carolina, the General Hackler Championships is a two-day, three-round formant that will take place at TPC Myrtle Beach at Murrells Inlet, S.C., and will run through Tuesday. TPC Myrtle Beach is a 6,950-yard, par-72 course.
The General Hackler Championship field will consist of eight of the nation's top 80 teams, including five NCAA Regional teams and two NCAA Championship teams from last season. The field includes tournament-host Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Kent State, Lamar, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois and UNC-Wilmington.
First-round action will begin Monday at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The teams will return to the course for Tuesday's final round which will also be a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
The Cardinals are coming off a 10th-place finish at the Querencia Cabos Collegiate where they were led by junior Gustaf Burenstam who played some of his best golf of the season during the final two rounds in Mexico. After opening the tournament with a 78 to finish the first day tied for 78, Burenstam battled back the next two day for post a four-under par and finish the tournament just outside the overall top 10 with a 78-69-71 - 218. It marked the second time this season that Burenstam has recorded consecutive under-par rounds.
The Lamar men have a tough week ahead of them with a short turnaround following the General Hackler Championship and the Border Olympics. LU will travel to Laredo, Texas to open the Border Olympics Friday, March 14. Following the Border Olympics, Lamar will have only two more tournaments before opening the Southland Conference Championships.
The SLC Championships will take place from Monday, April 21 through Wednesday, April 23 in McKinney, Texas.