April 16, 2012
BLANCO, Texas - Senior Sarah Nicholas carded an opening round 73 on Monday at the Southland Conference Championships, helping the Lamar women's golf team to a third place finish with two rounds to play.
Nicholas is tied for fifth in the 40-player field after finishing at 1-over-par on the par-72, 5,994-yard Vaaler Creek Golf Club. The 54-hole tournament will continue with 18 holes tomorrow and the final round Wednesday.
The Dallas native tied for 18th place at last year's conference tournament as the Lady Cardinals placed second. Nicholas opened her round Monday with a birdie and finished the day with four total to nearly offset her five bogeys.
As a team, Lamar completed its round at 17-over-par 305. Defending champion UTSA shot a 2-over-par 290 to lead second place Texas State by 11 strokes after the 45th-ranked Bobcats finished with a 301. Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State are tied for fourth at 312, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (316), McNeese State (335) and Stephen F. Austin (338).
Nicholas is three strokes off the individual lead as UTSA's Shannon Jungman and Central Arkansas' Malin Senneryd each posted opening round 70s. Fabiola Arriaga of UTSA is the only other player to break par, finishing her first round with a 71.
Junior Julie Aime is tied for 10th after opening with a 4-over-par 76. A Second-Team All-Southland Conference selection last year, Aime finished her day with 14 pars and four bogeys.
One stroke back in a tie for 12th is sophomore Katelyn McDougal after a 5-over-par 77. McDougal tied for 23rd at last year's conference tournament, rebounding from an opening round 87 to post scores of 77 and 75.
Freshman Nghi Ngo is tied for 16th in her first ever Southland Conference Tournament. Ngo suffered back-to-back double bogeys to close her round with a 79 (+7).
Lamar's fifth golfer is redshirt sophomore Lauren Van Gerven
who is alone in 27th after an 82 (+10). Van Gerven, who did not play in last year's conference tournament but tied for 24th as a freshman, was 9-over-par through her first seven holes. She would play the next 11 holes at 1-over.