GLENCOE, Ala. - Lamar sophomore Nghi Ngo
closed with a 4-over-par 76 Tuesday at Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish in the top 10 of the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic and help the Lady Cardinals finish in third place in their first event of the year.
Ngo opened the 54-hole tournament with a 75 on the par-72, 5,943-yard Robert Trent Jones layout. She had her best round on day two with an even-par 72 to finish with a 233 total (+7) and in a tie for seventh. Texas State's Valdis Jonsdottir and Jacksonville State's Maya Parsons tied for individual medalist honors with 3-over-par totals of 219.
Texas State also took home the team title with a three round score of 879 (+15). Middle Tennessee placed second in the 10-team event at 903 (+39), with Lamar (925), Murray State (932) and host Jacksonville State (946) rounding out the top five.
Belmont finished in sixth place with a 963, with Western Kentucky (967), Tennessee Tech (991), Lipscomb (993) and Northern Kentucky (1,005) rounding out the field.
Julie Aime, Lamar's only senior this year, tied for 13th in the 61-player field with a 231 total (+15). Aime began the event with a 75 before closing with rounds of 77 and 79.
Junior Katelyn McDougal, who led the Lady Cardinals with a tie for second at last year's rain shortened event, tied for 16th this year after closing with a 77 for a 234 total (+18). McDougal opened with an 81 and improved to a 76 in round two.
Fellow junior Lauren Van Gerven finished in a tie for 24th with rounds of 78-81-83=242 (+26), while freshman Taylor Stockton tied for 30th in her first collegiate event with a 245 total (+29). Stockton closed with a 79 after rounds of 80 and 86.