April 15, 2013
FRISCO - If Lamar University is to pick up its league-leading fourth Southland Conference title in women's golf, the Lady Cardinals are going to have to come from behind over the final two rounds from Frisco Lakes Golf Club.
The Lady Cardinals began the 54-hole tournament with an 11-over-par 299 team score and stand in a three-way tie for third place with Oral Roberts and Sam Houston State. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi opened with a 4-over-par 292 and leads Central Arkansas by one stroke (293). McNeese State is sixth at 302 (+14) and Stephen F. Austin is seventh at 309 (+21).
Sophomore Nghi Ngo carded the Lady Cardinals' top round Monday on the par-72, 5,977-yard course as she stands tied for eighth after a 2-over-par 74. After making the turn at 2-over, Ngo played the back nine at even par with a pair of birdies offsetting two bogeys.
The three other Lady Cardinals whose scores counted on Monday all shot 75s and are tied for 12th in the 35-player field. Senior Julie Aime, who tied for ninth at last year's Southland Conference Tournament, walked off the course with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.
Junior Katelyn McDougal also closed her opening round with a birdie on the 18th hole for her 3-over-par total. McDougal, who birdied both par-5s on the back nine, finished her round with three birdies, six bogeys and nine pars.
Playing in her first conference tournament, freshman Taylor Stockton opened and closed her round with birdies. Stockton added another birdie on the par-5, 15th hole and tied McDougal with three birdies on the day to lead the team.
Sam Houston's Shelby Hardy carded a 4-under-par 68 and will carry a one stroke lead into Tuesday's second round over the Islanders' Vanessa Johnson. Four players are tied for third at even-par.
Junior Lauren Van Gerven
is Lamar's final golfer in its five-player lineup. Van Gerven is currently tied for 34th after opening with an 11-over-par 83.
The Lady Cardinals, who last won a conference tournament in 2006, will be paired with Sam Houston State in round 2. Van Gerven will tee off at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday morning and Ngo will be the final Lamar player to begin her second day at 9:12 a.m.