Nghi Ngo leads Lamar to fourth place finish
Oct. 9, 2012
HUNTSVILLE - Sophomore Nghi Ngo posted her fourth top 10 finish of the fall Tuesday at the Harold Funston Intercollegiate, helping the Lamar University women's golf team finish fourth overall.
Ngo carded rounds of 75 and 74 on Monday before closing the 54-hole tournament with another 74 for a 223 total (+10) and a ninth place finish on the par-71, 6,067-yard Raven Nest Golf Club layout. She has finished no worse than ninth in any of Lamar's four fall tournaments and has dropped her scoring average down to 74.8 strokes per round.
The Lady Cardinals began the final round 10 strokes behind tournament leader St. Edwards, but couldn't make up any ground Tuesday. Lamar finished with an 898 total, while St. Edwards held on for the win with an 884 total.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi overtook tournament host Sam Houston State to finish second in the 11-team field with an 889 total, while the Bearkats placed third at 892. The Lady Cardinals finished 17 strokes ahead of fifth place Houston Baptist (915).
The Islanders' Vanessa Johnson put together three strong rounds to claim individual medalist honors with a 214 total (+1). Johnson carded rounds of 69-72-73 to finish four strokes ahead of Wallis Spears of St. Edwards.
LU senior Julie Aime continued her strong fall with a tie for 10th place at 224 (+11). Aime, who won the ULM Fred Marx Invitational earlier this fall for her third career title, rebounded from an opening round 78 to card back-to-back 73s and move into the top 10.
Freshman Taylor Stockton had her best finish as a Lady Cardinal with three rounds in the 70s. Stockton tied for 15th in the 59-player field after rounds of 73-75-78--226 (+13). Her previous best finish as a collegiate golfer was a tie for 30th.
Junior Katelyn McDougal posted her best round of the event Tuesday with a 76 to move into a tie for 25th place. McDougal, who was coming off a tie for fifth place at the ORU Shootout, shot 80 and 78 on Monday to finish with a 234 total (+21).
Redshirt junior Lauren Van Gerven closed out the Lady Cardinals fivesome with a tie for 30th. After a pair of solid rounds Monday in which she shot a 74 and a 75, Van Gerven struggled to a closing 87 for a 236 total (+23).
The Lady Cardinals will close out their fall schedule in two weeks at the Blue Raider Invitational hosted by Middle Tennessee State from Old Fort Golf Club.