Oct. 2, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - With three players finishing in the top 10, the Lamar University women's golf team rolled to the team title Tuesday at the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout from Meadowbrook Country Club.
Lamar began the final round in the 54-hole event with an 11-stroke lead and ended up winning by 24 strokes over tournament host Oral Roberts after posting the low team score of the day. Lamar's final round 300 on the par-71, 6,120-yard layout was nine strokes better than any other school could manage.
The Lady Cards, who earned a pair of tournament victories during the 2011-12 campaign, would post rounds of 302-303-300 for a winning score of 905 (+53). ORU placed second with a 929 (+77), with Sam Houston State finishing third at 932 (+80) and Southern Utah and McNeese State tying for fourth at 938 (+86) in the 13-team event.
Senior Julie Aime just missed out on her second consecutive individual victory as she tied for second place. Aime, who won last week at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, carded rounds of 73-73-74 for a 220 total (+7). Sam Houston's Shelby Hardy closed with a 1-under-par 70 to move from second place and claim individual medalist honors.
Aime was not the only Lady Cardinal to put together an impressive tournament. Junior Katelyn McDougal and sophomore Nghi Ngo each finished in the top 10 on the strength of strong final rounds.
McDougal, who posted rounds of 73 and 80 on Monday, matched her opening score with a final round 73 for a 226 total (+13) and a tie for fifth place. McDougal tied for ninth in the event last year to lead the Lady Cardinals and this is her best finish this season.
Ngo continues her strong play with her third top 10 finish in as many events. After posting an opening round 80, Ngo came back with a 76 in round 2 and a solid 72 in the final round for the Lady Cardinals' best score of the day. Her 228 total (+15) left her in a tie for seventh in the 73-player field.
Junior Lauren Van Gerven
and freshman Taylor Stockton
rounded out the Lady Cardinals' fivesome. Van Gerven tied for 37th place after rounds of 86-74-81 for a 241 total (+28).
Stockton was tied for 21st after rounds of 76 and 80 on Monday and looking for the best finish of her young career. However, she would close with an 86 for a 242 total (+29) which dropped her back to a 43rd place tie.
Lamar will continue its busy fall season as it plays its third tournament in three weeks. The Lady Cardinals will open play at the Harold Funston Invitational hosted by Sam Houston State at Raven Nest Golf Club on Monday.