Feb. 17, 2013
BROUSSARD, La. - The Lamar University women's golf team will not have to travel far to open its spring season as the Lady Cardinals will be competing in the 2013 Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational hosted by McNeese State.
The two-day, 54-hole event will begin Monday morning at 8 a.m. on the par-72, 6,366-yard Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club layout. The first 36 holes will be played Monday with the tournament finishing following Tuesday's final round.
The Lady Cardinals, who won the ORU Shootout in the fall, will be one of 16 teams competing for the title. In addition to Lamar and the host Cowgirls, Southland Conference members Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin will be playing.
Centenary, Chicago State, Florida Gulf Coast, Houston Baptist, McLennan Community College, South Alabama, South Carolina Upstate, Shorter University, Texas-Pan American, Toledo and Xavier make up the remainder of the field.
Two-time All-Southland Conference performer Julie Aime will lead the Lady Cardinals' fivesome. Aime, who picked up her third individual title this fall at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, led Lamar with a 74.0 strokes per round average in the fall.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo had four top 10 finishes in the fall and fashioned a 74.9 scoring average through five fall events. Ngo averaged 77.8 strokes per round as a true freshman.
Junior Katelyn McDougal and freshmen Taylor Stockton and Stina Resen will round out the Lady Cards' lineup. Senior Lauren Van Gerven will also be competing in the event as an individual and her scores won't count toward Lamar's team total.
McDougal averaged 77.7 strokes per round in the fall and Stockton posted a 78.6 scoring average in her first semester of collegiate play. Resen will be making her Lady Cardinal debut after joining the team this semester.
In the fall of 2010, Lamar played in the Cowgirls' tournament when it was called the McNeese State Invitational and was held at Lake Charles Country Club. Lamar placed second in the eight-team event after it was shortened to only 18 holes due to rain.