Sept. 3, 2012
GLENCOE, Ala. - Lamar sophomore Nghi Ngo fired a second round 72 Monday at Silver Lakes Golf Course to move into a tie for third place and help the Lady Cardinals remain in fourth place at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic.
Ngo opened the 54-hole tournament with a 75 Sunday on the par-72, 5,943-yard course, and her two round total of 147 (+3) leaves her just one stroke behind Texas State's Valdis Jonsdottir and Middle Tennessee State's Emily Williams for the tournament lead.
Former Southland Conference member Texas State heads into Tuesday morning's final round with a 12-stroke lead after posting scores of 298 and 292 for a 590 total (+14). Middle Tennessee stands in second at 602, with Murray State (614), Lamar (615) and host Jacksonville State (632) rounding out the top five in the 10-team field.
LU senior Julie Aime, who matched Ngo's first round score of 75, followed with a 77 (+5) on Monday and stands in 11th place by herself. Aime tied for 17th at last year's rain shortened Chris Banister Gamecock Classic.
Junior Katelyn McDougal, who tied for second last year, moved into a tie for 17th with a 158 total (+14). The Richmond native struggled to an opening round 81, but improved to a 77 in Monday's second round.
Redshirt junior Lauren Van Gerven is tied for 20th in the 61-player field after carding rounds of 78 and 81 for a 159 total (+15). Van Gerven had one of her better finishes during the 2011-12 season at last year's event with a tie for 12th place.
Lamar's fifth golfer is true freshman Taylor Stockton who is playing in her first career collegiate tournament. Stockton is tied for 38th after carding rounds of 80 and 86 for a 166 total (+22).