April 3, 2012
MISSOURI CITY - Freshman golfer Nghi Ngo had her best career finish Tuesday at Riverbend Country Club as Lamar University came from behind to successfully defend its team title at the HBU Husky Invitational.
Ngo closed with a 74 on the par-72, 6,026-yard layout Tuesday to finish alone in fourth place with a three-round total of 224 (+8). Her previous best finish came at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic in her collegiate debut when she tied for ninth.
At last year's event, Lamar trailed Sam Houston State by five strokes heading into the final round before beating the Bearkats by 11 strokes in round three to win the tournament by five shots. That tournament was held at Sienna Plantation Country Club.
While the venue changed, the outcome was the same. Lamar found itself eight strokes behind Sam Houston after the first 36 holes, but the Lady Cardinals bested Sam Houston by 17 strokes Tuesday to win by nine.
Lamar's final round 294 team total was the best round of the tournament and was 16 strokes better than any other team managed on Tuesday. LU won the 12-team tournament with a 910 total (+46).
Sam Houston shot a final round 311 for a 919 total and second place. Host Houston Baptist and Redlands Community College tied for third at 933 and McLennan Community College took fifth with a 946 score.
Lamar, which will not compete again until the Southland Conference Tournament on Apr. 16, now has two tournament victories in its last three events. The Lady Cardinals won the Ladyjack Crown Classic on March 6 and have four other top five finishes this season.
Sam Houston's Shelby Hardy and McLennan's Alyssa Smith tied for first at 222 (+6) in the 65-player field. Hardy was awarded individual medalist honors after posting the lower final round.
While Ngo had the best finish for Lamar, it was senior Sarah Nicholas who posted the best final round. Nicholas moved all the way up to a tie for seventh after closing with an even-par 72. She opened with a pair of 78s Monday for a 54-hole total of 228 (+12).
Junior Julie Aime
finished in a tie with Nicholas for 12th after a final round 73. Aime opened with a 76 and added a 79 in round two.
Sophomore Katelyn McDougal, who tied for 10th at last year's event, finished tied for 12th this year. McDougal improved each round, carding scores of 79-76-76 for a 230 total (+14).
Lauren Van Gerven finished in a tie for 34th after rounds of 81-83-82=246 (+30).