April 1, 2013
SUGAR LAND - With sophomore Nghi Ngo leading the way, the Lamar University women's golf team will carry a seven stroke lead into Tuesday's final round as the Lady Cardinals look to win the HBU Husky Invitational for the third straight year.
Ngo is tied for second place in the 78-player field after rounds of 73 and 75 in Monday's first two rounds. Playing on the par-72, 6,026-yard Riverbend Country Club, Ngo stands just one stroke behind Central Arkansas' Julia Roth with 18 holes to play.
The Lady Cardinals, who have won the tournament in each of the last two years with Sam Houston State finishing as runner-up, once again have the Ladykats chasing them down. Lamar carded team totals of 300 and 307 for a 607 total (+31) and stands seven shots ahead of Sam Houston State (614).
Host Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are tied for third with 624 totals, with Oklahoma City University (626) rounding out the top five. In addition to Sam Houston and UCA, Southland Conference rivals Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7th, 631 total) and McNeese State (9th, 634) are competing in the 15-team event.
In addition to Ngo, who placed fourth in the event last year, three other Lady Cardinals are returning to try and defend the team title. Senior Julie Aime tied for seventh a year ago, junior Katelyn McDougal tied for 12th and fellow junior Lauren Van Gerven tied for 34th.
Despite the returning experience, it is freshman Taylor Stockton who is closest to Ngo in the tournament standings. Playing in the event for the first time ever, Stockton is tied for ninth place after back-to-back 76s left the former Clear Creek High School star with an 8-over-par total of 152.
McDougal is just one stroke behind Stockton in a tie for 11th place. After opening with a 74, McDougal managed a second round 79 for a 9-over-par total of 153.
Aime, who came into the tournament leading the Lady Cardinals with a 74.3 strokes per round average, is tied for 13th place with a 10-over-par total of 154. A two-time all-conference selection, Aime carded consecutive 77s as she looks for her seventh top 10 finish this season.
Van Gerven is tied for 44th place in the tournament with a 164 total (+20) for 36 holes. With rounds of 81 and 83, Van Gerven's scores were not counted toward Lamar's team total in either round.