LU golfers back in action at Royal Oaks Intercollegiate

GO CARDINALS <strong>Luke Jerling shot 7-under-par at last year's Royal Oaks Intercollegiate</strong>
Luke Jerling shot 7-under-par at last year's Royal Oaks Intercollegiate

Oct. 28, 2012

DALLAS - Lamar University will continue its fall golf season this week as the Cardinals complete against a talented field in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

The 54-hole event will be played over two days on the par-71, 7,068-yard Royal Oaks Country Club. The first two rounds will be played Monday beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday's final round will begin with tee times at 8:30 a.m.

The 14-team event will be co-hosted by Baylor and SMU. Lamar, which tied for seventh in the event last year, will also be competing against Augusta State, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

Former Lamar golfer M.J. Daffue won individual medalist honors at last year's event with a tournament record 11-under-par total. Daffue was playing the event as an individual so his score didn't count toward Lamar's team total.

Texas A&M won the team title last year for the third time in the four-year history of the event. The Aggies also won in 2008 and 2009. Lamar has played in all four Royal Oaks Intercollegiates, tying for second in 2008 for its best finish in the event.

The Cardinals haven't competed since a ninth place finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 7. Lamar will have just one more tournament this fall as it will compete in The Gifford Intercollegiate next week.

Senior Erik Knudsen and sophomore Luke Jerling are the only two Cardinals who played in the event last year. Jerling finished fifth last year with a sparkling 7-under-par total, but has struggled this fall. The 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year is averaging 78.7 strokes per round through Lamar's first three fall tournaments.

Knudsen tied for 69th last year and is currently leading the Cardinals in scoring average at 76.9 strokes per round. Knudsen is coming off a tie for 31st at the David Toms Intercollegiate.



Also playing for Lamar will be senior Marc Dobias, junior Stephane Dubois and sophomore Gustaf Burenstam. Dubois is averaging 77.2 strokes per round and has a tie for 12th at the Windon Memorial for his best finish of the fall thus far.

Dobias missed Lamar's last tournament and hasn't played a competitive round since the Windon Memorial on Sept. 24. Dobias is just behind Dubois with a 77.3 scoring average. Burenstam is averaging 79.2 strokes per round.


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