April 2, 2013
SUGAR LAND - Lamar University came up two strokes short of winning its third straight HBU Husky Invitational as the Sam Houston State women's golf team came from behind to knock off the Lady Cardinals and claim the tournament title Tuesday afternoon.
The Ladykats, who finished as runner-up to Lamar in each of the last two years at HBU, defeated Lamar by nine strokes on the final day to erase a seven stroke deficit. After opening with a team total of 300, Lamar posted rounds of 307 and 306 for a 49-over-par total of 913. Sam Houston shot rounds of 322-292-297 for a 911 total to win the 15-team event.
This marks the sixth tournament this year that both Lamar and Sam Houston State have played in with each team finishing ahead of the other three times. The two teams will meet in just under two weeks at the Southland Conference Championship from Frisco Lakes Golf Course.
Playing at the par-72, 6,084-yard Riverbend Country Club, both Lamar and Sam Houston State finished well ahead of third place Central Arkansas. The Sugar Bears posted a 932 total for 54 holes to place third, with host Houston Baptist and Oklahoma City tying for fourth at 939.
Junior Katelyn McDougal shot 73 (+1) on Tuesday for Lamar's best final round score to move into a tie for fourth place in the final standings. McDougal opened with a 74 and added a 79 in round 2 for a three-round total of 226 (+10).
UCA's Julia Roth won individual medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 220 (+4). Roth carded rounds of 75-72-73 to finish three strokes ahead of Franzi Voellinger of Western Texas Community College.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo and freshman Taylor Stockton tied for eighth place for the Lady Cardinals as Lamar was the only school to have three players finish in the top 10. Ngo began the final round in a tie for second place after rounds of 73 and 75 on Monday but managed only an 80 on Tuesday.
Stockton reached her 228 total (+12) by posting three straight 76s. It is the second top 10 finish of the year for Stockton, while Ngo has now finished in the top 10 six times on the year.
Senior Julie Aime finished in a tie for 17th place after three straight 77s left her at 15-over-par 231. Lauren Van Gerven was the Lady Cards' fifth golfer with rounds of 81-83-81 for a 245 total (+29) and a tie for 43rd place in the 78-player field.
Lamar will get one final competition in prior to the league tournament. The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to compete in the Samford Intercollegiate next week from Limestone Springs Golf Club in Oneonta, Ala.