Feb. 19, 2013
BROUSSARD, La. - Sophomore Nghi Ngo picked up her first collegiate victory Tuesday afternoon at the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational, helping the Lamar women's golf team win the team title by 13 strokes over second place Xavier.
Ngo, one of three Lady Cardinals to finish in the top four, closed the tournament with an even-par 72 on Tuesday to move from a fourth place tie after 36 holes into first place. Ngo also carded rounds of 74 and 80 on the par-72, 6,366-yard Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club layout to finish with a 10-over-par total of 226.
Lamar won the 16-team event by posting their low round of the tournament Tuesday with a 307 (+19). The Lady Cards led wire-to-wire, carding team scores of 311 and 312 on day one to finish with a 54-hole total of 930 (+66). Xavier, which had the second best final round with a 309, finished with a 943 total (+79).
Tournament host McNeese State placed third with a 950 total (+86), with Houston Baptist (957) and Toledo (966) rounding out the top five.
Lamar senior Julie Aime had a two-stroke advantage over Xavier's Breanna Patz heading into the final round, but closed with a 78 to finish in a second place tie with Patz at 228 (+12). Aime opened the tournament with a 74 before shooting a 76 in the second round to fall two strokes shy of winning her fourth career individual title.
Freshman Taylor Stockton had the best finish of her young career as she stood alone in fourth place with a 230 total for 54 holes (+14). The Clear Lake native, whose best finish in the fall was a tie for 15th, posted rounds of 76-77-77.
Redshirt junior Lauren Van Gerven had the best finish of her Lamar career with a tie for sixth at 16-over-par 232. Van Gerven, who was playing as an individual, shot rounds of 78-77-77. Her scores did not count toward Lamar's team total.
Junior Katelyn McDougal
struggled to an opening round 87, but rebounded to post scores of 79 and 80 and finish tied for 36th with a 246 total (+30).
Freshman Stina Resen, who was making her collegiate debut after enrolling for the spring semester, finished 80th in the 88-player field. Resen carded rounds of 93-87-96=276 (+60).
The Lady Cardinals return to action in a week at the Islanders Classic hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The 54-hole event will begin Monday at Corpus Christi Country Club.