March 27, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - After nearly two weeks off from competition, the Lamar men's golf team will be back in action this week against a talented field in the 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford.
The 54-hole tournament will be played over three days on the Stanford Golf Course and feature six of the top50 teams in Golfweek's latest rankings. Round 1 is scheduled for 10 a.m. CST on Thursday morning, with the two remaining rounds also starting at 10 a.m.
The Cardinals, who are making their first appearance in the event, will be one of 17 schools competing for the title. In addition to Lamar, the host Cardinal will welcome Northwestern, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's San Diego State, San Jose State, TCU, California-Davis, Colorado, Hawai`i-Hilo, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, San Francisco and USC.
Lamar is coming off a solid fourth place showing at the Border Olympics. The Cardinals will play in just one other spring tournament before trying to defend their Southland Conference title at Stonebridge Country Club at the end of April.
Senior Erik Knudsen and junior Stephane Dubois currently lead the Cardinals in scoring average at 74.4 and 74.7 strokes per round, respectively. Dubois is coming off a 12th place tie at the Border Olympics which led the Cardinals.
Lamar will also have senior Marc Dobias, sophomore Luke Jerling and freshman Greg Wiggins in its lineup. Dobias tied for 15th at the Border Olympics and tied for eighth at the General Hackler Championship the tournament prior to improve his scoring average to 75.4.
Wiggins is posting a 75.8 strokes per round average in his first season of collegiate golf, while Jerling is at 77.3. The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Jerling has been much better in the spring season, improving to a 74.5 scoring average for four tournaments.