Sept. 4, 2008
Lamar men's golf coach Brian White is headed to Japan for the second time in the last three months. This trip, however, will be when his Cardinal team competes in the 26th annual Topy Cup at Tanagura Country Club in Tanagura, Japan, next Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 9-11).
Lamar will be joined by American counterparts UC-Irvine, Charlotte and New Mexico in the field that includes eight Japanese teams. Eighteen holes will be played each day.
With seniors Casey Clendenon and Russell Helson gone from last year's team, Lamar's lineup will be senior Justin Harding, senior Leroux Ferriera, junior Hugues Joannes, redshirt junior Wynand Snymon and redshirt freshman Jake Fuljenz.
'We're excited about the opportunity to travel abroad and experience playing overseas,' White said. 'The level of competition should be very good and I hope we are prepared to play this early.'
Tohoku Fukushi University has won the last three tournament titles and Japanese schools have captured 13 of the last 17 championships. New Mexico was the last U.S. school to win, placing first in the 2004 tournament.
At the Topy Cup, the Cardinals will be paired with two Japanese universities, each round.
Charlotte is ranked 13th in the Golf World/Nike Preseason Coaches' poll. Both New Mexico and UC-Irvine are receiving votes in that poll.
Lamar's 15 wins over the last three years ties Charlotte for the most tourney wins in the nation over that time span. In the last four years, Lamar has won a nation's best 18 events while Charlotte and Oklahoma State have 17 wins, tied for second most in the country.