Oct. 5, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - After a two-week break from competition, the Lamar University men's golf team will be back in action this weekend at the David Toms Intercollegiate from the University Club.
The nine-team tournament will be played over two days on the par-72, 7,578-yard layout with the first round teeing off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The first two rounds will be played Saturday before closing the 54-hole event on Sunday.
The Cardinals, who finished second at the event last year when it was held at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, La., are grouped with Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette for the first two rounds. Teams will be grouped according to score for Sunday's final round.
Host LSU will welcome a strong regional field. In addition to the Tigers and Cardinals, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Tulsa, Louisiana-Lafayette and UAB will be competing. Oklahoma won last year's David Toms Intercollegiate but will not be back to defend.
Lamar will have two players back who played in last year's event in sophomore's Luke Jerling and Gustaf Burenstam. Jerling, who was named the 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, tied for 28th last year in Shreveport.
The native South African is coming off a tie for 23rd at the Windon Memorial on Sept. 24. Jerling is currently third on the team in scoring average at 76.0 strokes per round.
Burenstam tied for 24th at the David Toms Intercollegiate a year ago which included a season-best score of 69 in the opening round. Burenstam opened the 2012 fall season with a tie for 32nd at the Gopher Invitational and is averaging 78.3 strokes per round through his six rounds this season.
Lamar's top golfer through two events this fall has been junior Stephane Dubois. A transfer from Wisconsin now in his second semester with the Cardinals, Dubois leads the team with a 75.5 scoring average. He is coming off a tie for 12th at the Windon Memorial for his best finish as a Cardinal.
Just behind Dubois is senior Erik Knudsen
with a 75.7 stroke average. Knudsen has been the Cardinals' most consistent performer this fall with a tie for 29th at the Gopher Invitational and a tie for 23rd at the Windon Memorial.
Lamar's final golfer will be freshman Greg Wiggins who will be making his debut for the Cardinals. A native of Germany, Wiggins was the German junior champion in 2011.