March 14, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lamar University will look to continue its impressive spring when the Lady Cardinals' golf team opens play at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate from Forest Hills Golf Club.
The Lady Cardinals have played a pair of spring tournaments and won them both, earning titles at the McNeese State Invitational and the Islanders Classic. Going back to the fall semester, Lamar has three team victories and has finished no lower than sixth in any of its seven tournaments.
This weekend's 54-hole tournament will be played over three days beginning with round one on Friday. It will be played on Augusta State's par-72, 6,214-yard home course. Lamar, which placed ninth in the event last year, will be one of 18 teams comprising the largest field in the tournament's history.
Joining host ASU and Lamar will be Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Notre Dame, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Texas, defending champion UTSA and Vanderbilt.
Senior Julie Aime will lead a Lamar lineup which will include juniors Katelyn McDougal and Lauren Van Gerven, sophomore Nghi Ngo and freshman Taylor Stockton. Aime, a two-time All-Southland Conference selection, leads the team with a 74.3 scoring average.
Aime, who has an individual victory and five top five finishes this year alone, tied for 14th at last year's Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate when Lamar placed ninth. Included in her effort last year was a season-best 69 in the second round.
Ngo, who also has an individual win this season, is second on the Lady Cardinals with a 75.4 scoring average. Ngo tied for 25th at last year's tournament.
Stockton and McDougal are both sporting 78.4 scoring averages and Van Gerven is just behind at 78.8. McDougal placed 44th at last year's event and Van Gerven tied for 63rd. Stockton, who is coming off a top 20 finish at the Islanders Classic, will be playing the event for the first time.