May 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Lamar University wrapped up an outstanding 2012-13 women's golf season Saturday with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Central Regional from Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The Lady Cardinals picked up four tournament titles on the year, including their fourth Southland Conference championship, in advancing to NCAA Regional play for the first time since 1995 and for just the third time ever.
"It's great that we got to have the experience of playing in a big event like this," said LU head coach Brian White who picked up his second Southland Conference Coach of the Year honor this season. "I hope this makes the whole team hungrier for next year to try and advance all the way through to the NCAA Championship. I'm really pleased with the way the top of the lineup competed all season."
Lamar closed the event with a team total of 302 for a 54-hole score of 926 (+62) to finish four strokes behind No. 34 Campbell (922). The Lady Cardinals were 20 shots better than Illinois State (946) and 26 ahead of Butler and Detroit (952).
The top eight teams, and the top two individuals not on one of those teams, advanced 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.
No. 3 Duke came from behind to win the tournament with a 13-under-par total of 851. Host and fourth ranked Oklahoma finished second at 7-under-par 857, with Mississippi State (872), No. 9 Florida (877), No. 15 Arizona State (878), No. 16 UC Davis (880), Wisconsin (883) and No. 27 Michigan State (884) all advancing.
Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals was senior Julie Aime who closed her collegiate career with a sparkling 3-under-par 69 on the par-72, 6,298-yard layout to move into a tie for 42nd place. Aime opened the tournament with a 75 and added a 79 for a 54-hole score of 223 (+7).
"I'm really pleased that Julie could close her career like this," said White. "She's had a great career and I hate losing her, but that's how it goes in college sports. She's improved so much since she first got here and that's a testament to how hard she has worked at her game. Julie is a great role model and I'm excited that she'll be working as a student coach for us in the fall."
Starting on the back nine Saturday, Aime birdied her first hole of the day and added two more birdies to make the turn at 3-under-par. The three-time all-conference selection would pick up two more birdies on the front nine to offset a pair of bogeys and match the low round of her career.
Junior Katelyn McDougal tied for 82nd place in the 126-player field with a three-day score of 230 (+14). Following rounds of 75 and 79, McDougal closed with a 76 on Saturday in a round that included two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo opened the tournament with a solid 74, but added rounds of 82 and 80 to finish tied for 103rd with a 236 total (+20). Ngo, who like Aime was a First-Team All-Southland Conference selection this year, finished her first regional with six bogeys and a double bogey.
Freshman Taylor Stockton finished one shot behind Ngo in a tie for 108th with a 237 total (+21). Stockton saved her best for last as she finished the tournament with a 77 after rounds of 79 and 81. She would post a pair of birdies Saturday, but also had three bogeys and a double bogey.
Like Aime, redshirt junior Lauren Van Gerven also closed her career Saturday, finishing 125th with a 44-over-par total of 260 for three rounds. Van Gerven posted back-to-back 88s before closing the tournament with an 84 which included two birdies, five double bogeys and four bogeys.
Mississippi State's Ally McDonald carded three straight rounds in the 60s to win individual medalist honors by five strokes with a 10-under-par total of 206. Duke's Alejandra Cangrejo and OU's Emily Collins and A.C. Tanguay tied for second at 5-under-par 211.
Washington Ying Luo and Wake Forest's Olafia Kristinsdottir each finished at 1-under-par and will advance to the NCAA Championship as individuals.