April 1, 2014
SUGAR LAND, Texas -
Entering the day tied with two other schools for the lead at the Husky Invitational, the Lamar Lady Cardinals entered Tuesday looking for some separation from the field. Lamar gained that separation by carding a tournament-low round 296 to win the title by seven strokes.
The Lady Cardinals posted a three-round 309-310-296 - 915 to beat Central Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe, 915-922, on the par 72 Riverbend Country Club course. It is the third team title for the Lady Cards this season.
"I'm very impressed with how our young ladies came out and played today," said head coach Brian White. "We came out today very relaxed, and just made shots. This is how you have to play to close out a tournament. There were some very tough teams here and our kids fought for every shot."
Lamar relied on the strength of a trio of players to slam the door shut Tuesday morning. The Lady Cardinals finished the day with three players combining to go three over par, and no one other team could keep pace. Lamar finished the day with its top four players ranked among the leaderboard's top 25, including three in the top 10.
Sophomore Taylor Stockton paced the LU attack posting an even-par round Tuesday. She closed out the tournament with a 79-73-72 - 224 to finish second overall, only three strokes behind Houston's Raegan Bremer (77-74-70 - 221).
Junior Nghi Ngo started the day four strokes back of freshman Wenny Chang but Ngo was able to rally on the final day to catch her teammate. Ngo carded a 76-80-73 - 229 to finish tied for sixth, while Chang remained in the overall top 10 after posting a five-over 77 (74-78-77 - 229) Tuesday.
After struggling through Monday's first two rounds, freshman Bertille DuPont
made one of the biggest turnarounds in the tournament. Dupont entered the day tied for 37th after recording consecutive rounds of 82, but she fired back Tuesday with a two-over 74 to crack the top 25 (T25th).
Classmate Kelly Erasmus closed out the Lamar scorecard with a three-round 80-79-80 - 239. Erasmus finished just outside the top 25 (T27th).
The Lady Cardinals will be back in action Monday when they travel to Maricopa, Ariz., to compete in the Cowgirl Classic. The two-day, three-round event is hosted by Wyoming.
2014 HBU Husky Invitational
Riverbend Country Club Course - Sugar Land, Texas
March 31 - April 1, 2014
1. Lamar 309-310-296 - 915
2. Central Arkansas 313-306-303 - 922
Louisiana-Monroe 308-311-303 - 922
4. Houston Baptist 312-313-307 - 932
5. Stephen F. Austin 321-317-307 - 945
6. Oklahoma City 326-319-309 - 954
7. Sam Houston State 320-326-311 - 957
8. Incarnate Word 317-319-322 - 958
9. McLennan CC 330-335-320 - 985
10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 329-335-329 - 993
11. New Orleans 335-340-326 - 1001
12. Texas-Pan American 331-348-324 - 1003
13. North Dakota 340-336-342 - 1018