April 8, 2012
THE WOODLANDS - The Lamar University men's golf team will continue a busy final month to the season as it opens play Monday in The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate.
The two-day, 54-hole event will be played on the par-72, 7,018-yard Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club. Action will begin Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the first two rounds before closing with round three on Tuesday.
Tournament host Houston will welcome a 15-team field to the newest venue to host the event. In addition to the Cougars, Lamar will be competing against Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Notre Dame, Rice, SMU, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulsa and UT Arlington.
Southeastern Louisiana is the defending tournament champion, although the event hasn't been held since 2009 when the Lions won at Cypresswood Golf Club. Lamar finished second in the event in 2007, one stroke behind champion Kansas.
The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing 14th place finish at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational. However, the last time Lamar teed it up in the state of Texas, they picked up a team title at the Border Olympics on March 17.
A trio of seniors will lead the Cardinals into action this week. M.J. Daffue, the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year, leads Lamar with a 73.0 strokes per round average. Daffue took home individual medalist honors at the Border Olympics and was Lamar's top finisher at Augusta State.
Kevin Hesbois is just behind Daffue with a 73.7 scoring average. Hesbois has four top 20 finishes this year, including a second place finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate during the fall season.
Xavier Feyaerts, who tied for third at the Border Olympics, is sporting a 74.4 scoring average.
In addition to the three seniors, a pair of freshman will be playing for Lamar. Luke Jerling has had an impressive first campaign for the Cardinals with a 74.4 scoring average. Jerling tied for 11th at the Border Olympics and closed the fall season with a fifth place finish at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
will be playing the sixth tournament of his freshman season. In his most recent action, Burenstam tied for 29th at the Border Olympics. He is averaging 74.7 strokes per round.
Senior Jake Fuljenz will be playing in his first tournament this year. Fuljenz will be playing as an individual and his score will not count toward Lamar's team total.