April 19, 2014
2014 SLC Championship Live Results
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Fresh off their come-from-behind victory at the Wofford Invitational, the Lamar men's golf team now sets their sights on a bigger prize as they head to McKinney, Texas for the 51st Annual Southland Conference Championships. The championship tournament will begin Monday, April 21st on the 7,346-yard, par-72 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club's Pete Dye Signature Course.
"We are headed into the conference championships with a little bit of momentum," said Brian White. "We played extremely well at Wofford, but even with that we faced an 11-stroke deficit heading into the final round and our guys found a way to overcome that as a team. We need to carry that momentum into this week.
"The Southland is a very tough conference. There are several teams who could win this thing. If you're not focused from the moment you step on the course it could be a long week, but our guys are playing with confidence," added White.
The Cardinals enter the Southland Championships ranked second in the league with a 74.10 stroke average, a little more than half a stroke off league-leading Southeastern Louisiana. Led by junior Gustaf Burenstam, who is currently ranked fifth in the SLC individual standings, Lamar has three golfers ranked in the top 13, and five in the top 17.
Lamar enters the SLC Championships as arguably the hottest team in the conference. The Cardinals posted one of their best rounds in program history when they fired a 31-under par 833 to win the Wofford Invitational. It wasn't the final score that was the most impressive thing about the LU win, but how it was accomplished.
Despite their play, the Cards faced an uphill battle trailing by 11 strokes with 18 holes to play. Halfway through the day, Lamar had cut five strokes off the lead pace, but another obstacle was on the horizon as rain was in the forecast. Lamar cut the lead to four strokes as sophomore Gregory Wiggins approached the green on 18. Wiggins gained a stroke over Elon on the hole, and that began a rally that saw Lamar gain seven strokes over the Phoenix to claim a its first lead since early in the first round. As the rain began to fall every Lamar player knocked in some clutch putts, while Elon struggled with the elements. The Cardinals closed out the tournament by gaining two more strokes over the leaders on the final hole to bring home a four-stroke victory, 833-837.
The Cardinals begin Southland play in the final group to tee off the front nine. Junior Luke Jerling
will be the first Cardinal on the course teeing off No. 1 at 8:40 a.m., with the rest of the team to follow at eight-minute intervals. The Cardinals will be paired with Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana.
All three rounds of the tournament can be followed by clicking here.