Feb. 25, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
The Lamar women's golf team fired a 295 in the final round of the Islander Classic Tuesday afternoon to put an exclamation point on their victory. The third-round 295 equaled Lamar's second-round score, and was the lowest score of any team in the final round. The Lady Cardinals fired a 302-295-295 - 892 to defeat their next closest competition by 16 strokes on the 6,108-yard, par 72 Corpus Christi Country Club course.
Lamar entered the final day of action protecting a five-stroke lead, and never allowed the 16-team field to get any closer. The Lady Cardinals finished the tournament with three golfers in the top 10, and all five in the top 20, to pick up their second tournament victory of the season (ORU Shootout).
Freshman Wenny Chang just missed out on the individual title as she had to rally from five strokes down but came up just short to Oklahoma City's Elia Folch. Chang carded an even-par round to close out the tournament with a 75-73-72 - 220, but Folch was able to hold onto a one-stroke lead with a final round 76 (70-73-76 - 219).
"I am very proud of our ladies," said head coach Brian White. "We entered the day with a very slim lead against a very tough field, and we made the shots we had to have to not only win but to give ourselves a little breathing room. We received some great play from everyone."
Sophomore Taylor Stockton closed out the final round with a four-over 76, to be one of three Lady Cardinals to post a top-10 finish. Stockton was ninth overall with a 76-73-76 - 225. Freshman Bertille DuPont was 10th overall just a stroke back of Stockton. After opening the tournament with a five-over 77, Dupont rallied to improve her score every round and had the biggest improvement on the team from the opening round through Tuesday's final round of action.
Junior Nghi Ngo
and freshman Kelly Erasmus finished the tournament tied for 16th. After opening with consecutive rounds of 77, Ngo carded a two-over 74 in the final round to post a 228. Erasmus posted the an identical score, but struggled in the final round. After leading Lamar with a three-over par 147 following Monday's two rounds, Erasmus was unable to find her rhythm Tuesday with a nine-over 81.
Lamar will have two weeks to prepare for the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. The three-day event is slated to begin Friday, March 14th, and will run through Sunday, March 16th.
Corpus Christi Country Club - Corpus Christi, Texas
Feb. 24-25, 2014
1. Lamar 302-295-295 - 892
2. Houston Baptist 292-310-306 - 908
3. Oral Roberts 314-304-297 - 915
4. Oklahoma City 301-305-311 -917
5. North Texas 308-307-306 - 921
6. Northern Illinois 306-317-299 - 922
7. Central Arkansas 308-309-306 - 923
8. Stephen F. Austin 310-314-305 - 929
9. Sam Houston State 315-314-307 - 936
10. Bradley 310-320-307 - 937
11. A&M-Corpus Christi 319-318-308 - 943
12. Texas-Pan American 323-323-314 - 960
13. McLennan CC 327-321-314 - 962
14. South Dakota 322-317-324 - 963
15. Drake 330-328-332 - 990
16. A&M-Kingsville 344-339-339 - 1022