April 15, 2014
MAGNOLIA, Texas - The Lamar women's golf team, looking to defend its Southland Conference championship, is tied for first place after the opening day of the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament.
The Lady Cardinals are tied with Central Arkansas for the top spot with a combined total of 16-over-par 304 on the 6,258-yard, par-72 High Meadow Ranch Golf Club. Sam Houston State is in third place, one stroke behind. Stephen F. Austin is fourth in the 10-team field at 22-over-par, six strokes behind the leaders.
Wenny Chang led Lamar with a 3-over-par 75, putting her in a tie for sixth place. Piper Kyle of Stephen F. Austin and Paige Nelson of Sam Houston State are tied for the individual lead at 1-under.
"We didn't have our best round, but we fought through it," Lamar coach Brian White said. "You have to be happy when you don't play your best golf but are still in the hunt."
Nighi Ngo and Kelly Erasmus each shot a 4-over 76 for Lamar, while Taylor Stockton carded a 77 and Bertille DuPont shot a 79. All five Lamar golfers are in the top half of the 50-player field.
Chang shot a 3-over-39 on the front nine, but posted an even-par 36 on the back nine for Lamar.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The final round is set to start at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
"All we have to do is settle down and come out Tuesday and Wednesday the way we are capable of playing and I think we'll be all right," White said.
2014 Southland Conference Championships
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club -- Magnolia, Texas
April 15, 2014
1. Lamar 304
Central Arkansas 304
3. Sam Houston State 305
4. Stephen F. Austin 310
5. Oral Roberts 311
6. McNeese State 312
7. Houston Baptist 314
8. A&M-Corpus Christi 315
9. Incarnate Word 319
10. New Orleans 323