Sept. 2, 2012
GLENCOE, Ala. - Senior Julie Aime and sophomore Nghi Ngo each carded 75s Sunday in the opening round of the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic to help the Lamar women's golf team to a fourth place finish on day one.
Playing on the par-72, 5,943-yard Robert Trent Jones layout, the Lady Cardinals posted a team score of 304 and will enter Monday's second round six shots off the lead. The 54-hole tournament will conclude with Tuesday's final round.
Aime, who led Lamar in scoring average a year ago on her way to second-team All-Southland Conference honors, posted a 39 on the front nine before shooting even par on the back nine. Ngo went out in 38 (+2) and finished with a 37 on the back as the duo is tied for eighth in the 61-player field.
Former Southland Conference rival Texas State leads the 10-team tournament after opening with a 298 (+10). Middle Tennessee State is just one stroke back after a 299 (+11), with Murray State (301), Lamar (304) and host Jacksonville State (313) rounding out the top five.
Middle Tennessee's Ashley Haggard was the only player to break par Sunday as she fired a 2-under-par 70 to grab the first round lead. Alexandra Lennartsson of Murray State stands in second after an even-par 72.
Freshman Taylor Stockton, making her Lamar debut, recorded a solid 76 and is tied for 11th. Redshirt junior Lauren Van Gerven posted the Lady Cardinals' fourth best Sunday score with a 78.
Junior Katelyn McDougal, who tied for second at last year's rain-shortened Chris Banister Gamecock Classic, struggled to an opening round 81 (+9).