Feb. 7, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar women's golf team returns to action Sunday at the LeTriomphe College Invitational in Broussard, La. It will be Lamar's first tournament since they closed out the fall schedule with a second-place finish at the Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitational is a three-day event that will see teams play 18 holes each day. The opening round is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday.
"We're excited to get back to action following a long break," said head coach Brian White. "We played some tough competition during the fall and played well, but now the goal is to carry that over into the spring. This will be a challenging tournament to open the spring season."
The three-day tournament will be played on the 6,226-yard par-72 LeTriomphe Golf and Country Club course. The 18-team field will consist of Arkansas State, Alabama-Birmingham, Central Arkansas, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, McLennan CC, New Orleans, Oral Roberts, Redlands CC, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, South Alabama, Texas-Pan American, Louisiana-Monroe, Valparaiso and host McNeese State.
The tournament will be a good early benchmark of where the Lady Cardinals stand within the Southland Conference squaring off against eight other league schools.
Lamar is coming off one of its stronger fall seasons in school history. The Lady Cardinals played in five tournaments recording a team title and two runner-up finishes. The team title came in a dominating performance at the ORU Shootout. The Lady Cardinals posted a 47-over par 899 to beat their closest competition by 14 strokes. Lamar was the only team in a field of 18 that posted a sub-900 score.
Throughout the fall, Lamar battled for the team title in every tournament. The Lady Cardinals finished no worse than third in each event.
The reigning Southland Conference champions, the Lady Cardinals were led by freshman Wenny Chang during the fall season. Chang posted four top-10 finishes, including one individual title. Chang won the Harold Funston Invitational by carding a three-round 71-71-73 - 215 (+2).
Following their trip to Broussard, La., the Lady Cardinals will take two weeks to prepare for the Islander Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Islander Classic will take place Monday, Feb. 24 through Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.