Sept. 25, 2012
MONROE, La. - Lamar University senior golfer Julie Aime picked up her third career individual victory as she closed with a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational to defeat Brandi Rodriguez of Southern Miss by one stroke.
Aime, who won in her collegiate debut at the Koasati Pines Collegiate as a freshman in 2010 and again at the Ladyjack Crown Classic last year, finished with a 2-under-par total of 214. A two-time All-Southland Conference selection, Aime opened with a 70 and followed up with a 73 in the second round.
Aime and Rodriguez were the only two golfers in the 89-player field to finish under par at Bayou Desiard Country Club. Houston Baptist's Katy Kile began the final round tied with Aime for the lead, but carded a 76 Tuesday on the par-72, 6,114-yard layout to fall to fifth place.
As a team, Lamar posted its third straight round of 300 to finish in fourth place with a 54-hole total of 900 (+36). Southern Miss won the team title with an 894 total (+30) to finish four strokes ahead of Sam Houston State (898) and five better than McNeese State (899).
Tournament host Louisiana-Monroe placed fifth with a 902 total (+38), with Troy (906), South Alabama (916), Stephen F. Austin and Houston Baptist (924) and McLennan Community College (925) rounding out the top 10 in the 16-team field.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo tied for ninth place with a 223 total (+7) for her second straight top 10 finish of the fall season. Ngo, who tied for seventh at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic three weeks ago, carded rounds of 74-74-75 to finish just four strokes out of the top five.
LU freshman Taylor Stockton had a steady tournament with three rounds in the 70s for a 30th place tie. Stockton opened and closed with 78s, and registered a 75 in the second round, to finish with a 231 total (+15). It was the second straight tie for 30th to begin her college career, but she improved her score by 14 strokes.
Junior Katelyn McDougal
had her best round of the tournament Tuesday as she closed with a 76 to move into a tie for 40th at 234 (+18). McDougal opened with a 78 and added an 80 in the second round of play Monday afternoon.
Lamar's fifth golfer was Lauren Van Gerven who tied for 48th with a 235 total (+19). Van Gerven began with back-to-back 78s before closing with a 79 in the final round.
The Lady Cardinals will continue their fall season at the ORU Shootout from Meadowbrook Golf Club in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 1-2.