March 23, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar men's golf team will be in Palm City, Fla., Monday to open play in the two-day, three-round Valspar Invitational at the Floridian Golf Club. The Floridian is a 7,114-yard, par 72 course. The teams will place 36 holes Monday, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The tournament is set to begin with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start Monday, and will have split tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Valspar Invitational will consists of a 15-team field which will include Houston, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Florida State, UCLA, Texas A&M, LSU, SMU, Kent State, South Florida, Tennessee and Florida. Of the 15-team field 11 teams are ranked among the nation's top 30 with eight among the nation's top 25, including four top 10 schools.
For a team that has competed every week since opening play during the spring portion of the schedule, and three times during a 15-day stretch to open the month of March, the Cardinals recent 10-day stretch to prepare for the Valspar Invitational couldn't have come at a better time. The Cardinals have entered the stretch run before opening the Southland Conference Championships. Following the Valspar Invitational, Lamar will compete in the Wofford Invitational before opening Southland play.
The Cardinals will look to build off of a seventh-place finish at the Border Olympics their last time out on the course. Led by senior Stephane Dubois who fired a three-over 219, the Cards finished seventh overall among a very tough field.
The Cardinals have also been receiving some very strong play from junior Gustaf Burenstam. The Djursholm, Sweden native, led Lamar in the two previous tournaments prior to the Border Olympics. Although he didn't lead the team in Laredo, Burenstam closed strong carding an even-par round to finish tied for 32nd on the individual leaderboard.
Lamar will take three weeks to prepare for the Wofford Invitational. The tournament in Wofford will be the team's final tune up before the Southland Conference Championships in McKinney, Texas.