April 16, 2013
FRISCO - Lamar University posted the low team score of the day Tuesday at Frisco Lakes Golf Club as the Lady Cardinals moved up to second place in the 2013 Southland Conference Championship with one round to play.
After posting a 4-over-par total of 292 in the second round, Lamar moved up from a three-way tie for third after Monday's opening round into solo second place, just four strokes behind tournament leader Central Arkansas.
The Bears posted rounds of 293 and 294 for an 11-over-par total of 587. Lamar opened with a 299 on Monday and has a 591 total (+15) through two rounds. Oral Roberts stands in third at 596 (+20), followed by first round leader Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fourth at 599 (+23).
Sam Houston State is fifth heading into Wednesday's final round with a 36-hole total of 600 (+24), with McNeese State (602) and Stephen F. Austin (623) standing sixth and seventh, respectively.
Nghi Ngo was one of three Lady Cardinals to shoot an even-par 72 on the 5,977-yard course Tuesday. The sophomore, who opened with a 74, is tied for fifth place with a 36-hole total of 146 (+2). Ngo played a nearly flawless second round, registering one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars.
LU's Julie Aime and Katelyn McDougal are tied for eighth place, one stroke behind Ngo at 3-over-par 147. Both players opened with 75s before joining Ngo with 72s on Tuesday. McDougal led the Lady Cardinals with five birdies Tuesday, including four straight at one point. The junior battled back from a 3-over start through six holes to get back to level-par on the day.
Aime finished with four birdies on the round and was 2-under-par through 11 holes before carding back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes. The two-time all-conference selection would add a birdie on the 15th hole, but bogeyed the 17th to finish with a 72.
Sam Houston State's Shelby Hardy is the 36-hole leader after shooting back-to-back rounds under par. Hardy stands at 5-under-par following rounds of 68 and 71, and leads the Islanders' Vanessa Johnson by two strokes. McNeese State's Lina Lagergren is the only other player in the field of 35 under par with a 2-under-par total of 142.
LU freshman Taylor Stockton is alone is 16th place after posting rounds of 75 and 76 for a 7-over-par total of 151. For the second straight round, Stockton was able to close with a birdie as she finished with a two on the day to offset a double bogey at the 11th. Stockton added four bogeys on her round.
Junior Lauren Van Gerven improved three strokes from an opening round 83 to a second round 80. Van Gerven stands in 34th place with a 19-over-par total of 163. Van Gerven was 1-under through four holes in the second round before taking a double bogey and seven bogeys over the final 14 holes.
The Lady Cardinals will be grouped with UCA and ORU in Wednesday's final round as they go in search of their league-leading fourth Southland Conference title. Lamar's last win at the conference tournament came in 2006.