March 14, 2013
LAREDO - Lamar University will look to defend its 2012 title this weekend when the Cardinals' golf team tees it up at the 2013 Border Olympics from Laredo Country Club.
Last year, Lamar placed four golfers inside the top 20, including the individual medalist in M.J. Daffue. Only one of those four, sophomore Luke Jerling, is back to help defend on the par-72, 7,125-yard layout. Jerling tied for 11th in the event last year in his first visit to Laredo Country Club.
This year's 54-hole tournament will begin with the first two rounds Friday and the final round will start Saturday morning. To repeat, the Cardinals will need to best a field which includes host and 33rd ranked Houston, No. 37 Baylor, Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Northern Colorado, No. 35 Oklahoma, Rice, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, UT Arlington, UTSA and Washington State.
Lamar finished with a 6-over-par total of 870 last year to defeat Baylor by five strokes. Daffue broke par in all three rounds and finished at 5-under-par, two strokes ahead of Phillip Fendt of Louisiana-Lafayette. The two were the only players to finish under par for the tournament.
The Cardinals are coming off a sixth place finish at the General Hackler Championship which finished up Tuesday. Lamar will take the same six golfers straight to Laredo for this weekend's action. In addition to Jerling, Lamar's lineup will feature seniors Erik Knudsen and Marc Dobias, junior Stephane Dubois and freshman Greg Wiggins.
Sophomore Gustaf Burenstam, who tied for 29th at last year's Border Olympics, will be playing as an individual and will not count toward Lamar's team score.
Knudsen tied for 34th earlier this week and leads the Cardinals with a 74.3 strokes per round scoring average. Dubois, who tied for 60th at the 2012 Border Olympics, is currently second on the team with a 75.0 scoring average.
Dobias is coming off a tie for eighth place at the General Hackler Championship, his best finish as a Cardinal. The VCU transfer is sporting a 75.8 scoring average.
Dubois is second on the Cardinals with a 75.0 scoring average and is coming off a tie for 17th place at the General Hackler Championship.