Sept. 21, 2012
GLENCOE, Ill. - Lamar University will keep its fall golf schedule rolling this weekend when the Cardinals open play Sunday morning at Skokie Country Club in the first round of the 16th Windon Memorial Classic.
The 54-hole event will be played over two days on the par-71, 7,081-yard Donald Ross designed layout. The course has hosted the U.S. Open, the Western Open, the 1998 USGA Senior Amateur and the 2010 Western Amateur. This will be the third year the Windon Memorial has been played at Skokie CC.
Lamar will be one of 15 teams competing in the tournament which is hosted by Northwestern. In addition to the Wildcats, Big Ten schools Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana will be competing. The rest of the field is made up of Florida Atlantic, UC Davis, Eastern Michigan, Coastal Carolina, Marquette, Tennessee, Toledo, DePaul and Harvard.
Arkansas won the team title in 2011 but isn't back to defend. Michigan's Matt Thompson won the individual title last year after matching the 54-hole record score of 205, but is also not returning after exhausting his eligibility in 2011-12.
The Cardinals, who are playing in the Windon Memorial for the first time ever, are coming off an eighth place showing at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 10. Lamar will be paired with Michigan and Harvard in Sunday's first two rounds.
Senior Erik Knudsen led the Cardinals with a tie for 29th at the season-opening Gopher Invitational. Knudsen, who has a career scoring average of 76.3 strokes per round at Lamar, opened his fall season with a 71 two weeks ago. He followed with a 76 before struggling to an 82 in the final round.
Joining Knudsen at the Windon Memorial are senior Marc Dobias, junior Stephane Dubois and sophomores Luke Jerling and Gustaf Burenstam.
Jerling, the 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, will look to rebound from a tie for 39th at the Gopher Invitational. The native South African was second on the team last year in scoring average at 74.0 and led the Cardinals with a tie for seventh at the NCAA Greensboro Regional.
Dobias transferred to Lamar for his final year from VCU where he earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. Dobias began his Lamar career with a tie for 41st at the Gopher Invitational. Like Knudsen, Dobias also began with a 71 before closing with a 77 and an 84.
Burenstam finished his freshman year with a 75.1 stroke average and tied for 32nd at the Gopher Invitational. He was the only Cardinal to post three straight rounds in the 70s at Minnesota. Dubois tied for 46th at Minnesota and finished with a 76.7 scoring average in the 2012 spring season, his first with Lamar.