March 17, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Senior Julie Aime carded a final round 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to move into the top 20 and lead the Lamar women's golf team to an 11th place finish in a talented field at the 2013 Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
Aime began the final round in 37th place but moved up to a 19th place tie after shooting a 70 on the par-72, 6,214-yard Forest Hills Golf Club. A two-time All-Southland Conference selection, Aime was one of only eight players in the field of 99 golfers to break par Sunday.
Aime opened the 54-hole tournament with a disappointing 81, but played the final two rounds at even par for a three-day total of 225 (+9). After starting on the back nine and making the turn at even-par Sunday, Aime posted three birdies and just one bogey on the front nine to close her 70.
No. 16 Purdue closed the tournament with a 2-over-par 290 to pass ninth-ranked Vanderbilt for the team title. The Boilermakers finished with an 876 total (+12), one stroke ahead of Vanderbilt (877). No. 26 Notre Dame finished third at 888 (+24), with No. 22 Texas (899) and host Augusta State (906) rounding out the top five in the 18-team tournament.
The Lady Cardinals opened the event with a 323 before posting a 306 in Saturday's second round. Lamar shot a 9-over-par 297 on Sunday which was the fifth best score of the day and finished with a 926 total (+62). The Lady Cards were just five strokes back of No. 34 Kentucky and No. 48 UTSA who tied for ninth at 921 (+57).
Notre Dame's Ashley Armstrong posted her second straight round under par, closing with a 70 to win the tournament by two strokes over Paula Reto of Purdue. Armstrong was the only player to finish under par for the tournament with a three-round total of 215 (-1).
Sophomore Nghi Ngo, the only Lady Cardinal to post three straight rounds in the 70s, finished one shot back of Aime in a tie for 22nd place with a 226 total (+10). Ngo birdied her first hole of the day and added one other birdie Sunday, but also took four bogeys in carding a final round 74.
Junior Katelyn McDougal
tied for 41st place with a 232 total (+16) after closing the tournament with a solid 73. The third-year player improved every round after opening with an 81 and shooting a second round 78. McDougal's final round included 15 pars, one birdie and a pair of bogeys.
After a pair of 82s to open the tournament, freshman Taylor Stockton closed with an 80 for a 244 total (+28) and a tie for 75th place. Stockton's final round included a pair of double bogeys, five bogeys and just one birdie.
Junior Lauren Van Gerven rounded out the Lady Cardinals' lineup with a tie for 91st place after rounds of 87-81-85 left her with a 253 total (+37).
The Lady Cardinals will have two weeks off from competition before returning to the HBU Husky Invitational from Riverbend Country Club where they are the defending champions. Lamar won the event by nine strokes over Sam Houston State a year ago.