May 8, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. -
Making their second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Regional Championships, the Lamar Lady Cardinals jumped out to a fast start Thursday afternoon at the Karstens Creek Country Club in Stillwater, Okla. Lamar took an early lead in the event, and hovered around the top five through the front nine but struggled to close out the day.
The Lady Cardinals fired a 318 on the first day of the event to close out the day tied for 21st with No. 28 Miami.
"I was very happy with how we started the round," said head coach Brian White. "Being so young, and being surrounded by so many talented teams, it is understandable for there to be some nerves. As it turned out, we started great but couldn't close out the day. We had too many doubles, which all seem to hit at one time and simply didn't recover."
The Lady Cardinals were forced to accept two +9 scorecards, and three golfers ended the day nine over.
Freshman Kelly Erasmus led the red and white with her five-over par 77. She enters Friday's second round of action tied for 55th. She is currently two strokes ahead of sophomore Taylor Stockton who fired a seven-over 79 to finish the day tied for 78th.
Junior Nghi Ngo and freshmen Wenny Chang and Bertille DuPont all ended the round tied for 90th with a nine-over 81.
Chang was solid through the front nine, but struggle down the stretch. She recorded four bogeys, a double and a triple in the final nine holes to fall to nine over. It was a similar story for Ngo who carded five bogeys on the final nine, while Dupont settled down on the back after struggling to start the tournament.
"Any time you're at an event with this many talented teams you have to play near flawless golf," said White. "We had our moments but we couldn't string them together for a full round. There are too many talented teams here and they will take advantage of any mistake."
Lamar returns to action Friday for the second round of action. The Lady Cardinals will tee off at 8:25 a.m. on the 10th tee. LU will be paired with Minnesota and Harvard, and the teams will go off in nine-minute intervals.
2014 NCAA Regional Championships
Karsten Creek Country Club - Stillwater, Okla.
May 8, 2014
1. Alabama 295
3. Florida 296
Kent State 296
5. Oklahoma State 298
6. UCLA 299
8. Mississippi State 302
North Carolina 302
10. Wichita State 303
11. Ohio State 305
12. Arizona 306
14. UNLV 307
15. Harvard 308
16. Arkansas 309
20. SMU 315
21. Lamar 318
23. Siena 334
24. LIU-Brooklyn 337