May 9, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Playing at a NCAA Regional for the first time since 1995, the Lamar University women's golf team finds itself tied for 21st place with No. 46 Gonzaga after the first round of action from the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The Lady Cardinals, who earned the regional berth by winning the Southland Conference Championship, opened the 54-hole tournament with a team total of 15-over-par 303 on Thursday. The three-day event will continue Friday on the par-72, 6,298-yard layout before closing Saturday.
The top eight teams, and the top two individuals not on one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championship from each of the three 24-team regionals. The NCAA Championship is set for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
As a team, Lamar played well on the front 9 and stood at just 2-over-par. However, the Lady Cardinals struggled on the back to drop from the top five into 21st place. At 15-over, Lamar stands a stroke behind former conference foe UTSA (302) and two shots in back of No. 34 Campbell and Illinois State (301).
No. 9 Florida opened with a 6-under-par total of 282 and is a stroke ahead of host and fourth-ranked Oklahoma (283). No. 3 Duke, the top seed in the Central Regional, stands third at 4-under-par 284, with No. 45 TCU in fourth at 290 and No. 27 Michigan State and No. 16 UC Davis tied for fifth at 291.
Sophomore Nghi Ngoturned in a solid performance for the Lady Cardinals in the opening round with a 2-over-par total of 74 which has her tied for 48th place in the 126-player field. A First-Team All-Southland Conference selection, Ngo was 1-under through the first 13 holes before picking up three bogeys over her final five holes.
Senior Julie Aime and junior Katelyn McDougalare tied for 64th place just one shot behind Ngo after opening with identical 75s. Aime, who has earned all-conference accolades in each of the last three seasons, finished her round with one birdie, four bogeys and 13 pars.
McDougal made the turn at 1-over after posting a birdie and two bogeys on the front 9. She would add a pair of birdies on the back 9, but also took four bogeys, including a six on the par-5 18th hole.
Emily Collins of host Oklahoma has the day one lead after firing a 5-under-par 67 which included a flawless round of five birdies and 13 pars. Florida's Elcin Ulu is one shot back following her 68, with six players tied for third at 3-under-par 69.
LU freshman Taylor Stocktonis tied for 112th place after shooting a 79. Stockton posted an impressive opening nine with two birdies and two bogeys, but suffered five bogeys and a double bogey on the back 9 in falling to 7-over.
Redshirt junior Lauren Van Gervenopened with a 16-over-par 88 to round out the Lady Cardinals' lineup. Van Gerven was not able to produce a birdie on the day, carding five double bogeys and six bogeys to drop to 126th place.