Sarah Nicholas leads Lady Cards to third place finish
April 18, 2012
BLANCO, Texas - Senior Sarah Nicholas capped off her Lamar University playing career with an eighth place finish at the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament, helping the Lady Cardinal golf team to third place Wednesday at Vaaler Creek Golf Club.
Nicholas, who transferred to Lamar from McLennan Community College, carded a final round 75 (+3) on the par-72, 5,994-yard course. She opened the tournament with a 73 on Monday before a second round 79 for a 54-hole total of 227 (+11).
The Lady Cardinals began the day five strokes out of third place, but were able to beat Central Arkansas by nine strokes to move up a spot. Lamar's three round total of 928 (+64) was enough to finish four strokes ahead of UCA and Sam Houston State who tied for fourth at 932 (+68).
UTSA successfully defended its team title as the Roadrunners opened with an impressive 290 (+2) on day one and held off Texas State by five shots. The Roadrunners finished with a total of 896 (+32), while the Bobcats were at 901. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi placed sixth in the eight-team field at 949, followed by Stephen F. Austin (991) and McNeese State (1,001).
Senior Shannon Jungman took home individual medalist honors as she defeated teammate Fabiola Arriaga by three strokes. Jungman opened with a 2-under-par 70 before rounds of 73 and 74 gave her a total of 217 (+1). Arriaga, who was also runner-up last year when Lamar's Stine Pedersen took medalist honors, finished at 4-over-par 220.
Julie Aime had to settle for a final round 80, but the junior all-conference player was still able to finish in the top 10 with a tie for ninth place. Aime opened the tournament with a 76 on Monday and led the Lady Cardinals with a 73 in the second round for a 54-hole score of 229 (+13).
Sophomore Katelyn McDougal joined Nicholas as the only Lady Cardinals to post three straight rounds in the 70s as she finished 13th in the 40-player field. After carding back-to-back 77s in the first two rounds, McDougal shot a closing 79 for a 233 total (+17).
Freshman Nghi Ngo tied for 22nd in her first ever conference tournament as she saved her best round for last. Ngo opened with a 79 and followed with an 83 before posting a 77 in round three for a total of 239 (+23). Ngo took a pair of double bogeys over her first three holes Wednesday, but played the final 15 holes at just 1-over-par.
Redshirt sophomore Lauren Van Gerven placed 35th with a 254 total (+38). Van Gerven closed with an 85 after shooting 82 and 87 in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Lamar and Texas State are the only two schools to have won three Southland Conference team titles. UTSA had not won one prior to last year when Lamar finished in second place for the third time.