April 8, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. - Lamar University improved 12 strokes from round 1 to round 2 Monday at Hoover Country Club, helping the Lady Cardinal golf team move up to second place in the 2013 Samford Intercollegiate with one round to play.
Lamar opened the 54-hole tournament with a team total of 316 before improving to a 304 in the second round on the par-72, 6,271-yard layout. The Lady Cardinals' 304 total was the second best round of the day and left them with a 36-hole score of 620 (+44).
Host Samford shot rounds of 308 and 309 on Monday for a 617 total (+41) and will carry a three shot lead into Tuesday's final round. Jacksonville State sits in third place in the 11-team tournament with a 624 total (+48), with West Florida (626) and Louisiana-Monroe (627) rounding out the top five.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo leads the Lady Cardinals after carding rounds of 79 and 75. Her 154 total (+10) is good enough for a tie for sixth place in the 60-player field. Elin Olsson of West Florida leads the tournament with a 146 total (+2) after rounds of 75 and 71.
Senior Julie Aime opened the tournament with an 84, her highest score since an 84 at the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate during her freshman season. However, the two-time All-Southland Conference performer rebounded with a sparkling 71 in round 2 to move into a ninth place tie with a 155 total (+11).
Freshman Taylor Stockton, coming off a tie for eighth at the HBU Husky Invitational, continued her strong play with back-to-back 78s for a 156 total (+12) and a tie for 11th place.
Junior Katelyn McDougal opened with a 77 before settling for an 80 in the afternoon round. Her 157 total (+13) has her tied for 13th with 18 holes to play.
Freshman Stina Resen is playing in just her third tournament of the year for the Lady Cardinals since joining the team at midyear. Resen is tied for 31st place after carding rounds of 82 and 84 for a 166 total (+22).
Junior Lauren Van Gerven
, who is playing the tournament as an individual and does not count toward the team scoring, is two strokes behind Resen in a tie for 33rd after posting rounds of 86 and 82.
This will be the final tournament for the Lady Cardinals before next week's Southland Conference Championship from Frisco Lakes Golf Club.