Lady Cardinals finish 21st in first regional appearance since 1995
Lamar won the Southland Conference Tournament to earn its first regional berth since 1995
Lady Cardinals have two first-team selections for the first time since 2008
Lamar picks up its fourth Southland Conference crown in women's golf
Southland Conference Tournament will get underway Monday morning
Lamar golf coach Brian White has guided the program to impressive heights, and the 2011-12 season was no different.
For the 11th time in the last 12 years, the Lamar men's golf team earned a spot to NCAA Regionals. Competing at the Greensboro Regional, the Cardinals finished fourth as a team to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championship.
White took his talented team to Riviera Country Club for Lamar's fifth ever trip to the national tournament and guided the team to a 25th place finish among college golf's elite.
Prior to heading to the Greensboro Regional, White led the men's team to its 18th Southland Conference crown and eighth in the last 12 seasons en route to picking up his third Southland Conference Coach of the Year honor.
White's Cardinals earned plenty of accolades in 2012 as senior M.J. Daffue was named to the PING All-Central Region Team and the All-Southland Conference First-Team. Senior Xavier Feyaerts and freshman Luke Jerling were each named to the all-conference second-team and senior Kevin Hesbois was a third-team selection. Jerling also earned league Freshman of the Year honors.
White's Lady Cardinals took third at the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament with junior Julie Aime earning a spot on the All-Southland Conference Second-Team.
While these accomplishments are impressive, White has proven during his time at Lamar that the golf program is capable of even more. Simply put, no athletics program at Lamar University has enjoyed more success than the golf team has.
White guided the Cardinals to a third place tie at the 2007 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history. One season earlier, Lamar's men tied for ninth place at the national tournament with former star Dawie Van Der Walt placing fourth as an individual.
Now entering his 14th year at Lamar, White has helped the men earn 32 team tournament victories, while his women's teams have picked up 25 wins. Included in the wins for the men's team are eight of the last 12 Southland Conference titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012). White has also guided the Lady Cardinals to conference titles in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
White has been recognized by his fellow Southland coaches four times, earning men's Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2008 and 2012, and getting the nod on the women's side in 2005. White has coached 46 men's players to all-conference honors, while 25 women have earned the honor under his guidance.
Four Cardinals have earned PING All-America honors during White's tenure, with the group earning the recognition seven times combined. Between the two programs, White has coached nine SLC Players of the Year, three Newcomers of the Year and nine Freshmen of the Year. White has also coached four females and one male to Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year honors.
Current PGA Tour player Chris Stroud, a first-team PING All-America in 2004, continues to be coached by White, as do professional players Van Der Walt, Casey Clendenon and Oliver Bekker. Stroud tied for third at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., the highest individual finish at the national tournament in LU history.
Bekker made his PGA Tour debut in 2012 by winning on the Sunshine Tour and earning a spot in the prestigious Bridgestone Invitational. Van Der Walt fired a 60 in Web.Com Tour competition during the 2012 season and former LU golfer Shawn Stefani (2001-05) won the 2012 Midwest Classic on the Web.Com Tour.
Stroud (2001-04) is the only four-time all-conference performer in SLC history on the men's side, while Lady Cardinal standout Therese Nilsson (2006-09), who was twice named SLC Player of the Year, is the only four-time all-conference performer in league history on the women's side.
A native of Beaumont, White was a standout at Kelly High School and played professionally from 1991-96 after finishing his golfing career at Lamar. White, who also serves as the Director of Golf at the Beaumont Country Club, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lamar in 1989.