March 31, 2013
SUGAR LAND - After a two week hiatus from competition, the Lamar women's golf team will get back into action this week as the Lady Cardinals look to win the team title at the HBU Husky Invitational for the third straight year.
The 54-hole event will be played over two days on the par-72, 6,026-yard Riverbend Country Club layout beginning with the first two rounds Monday. The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday.
Lamar won the team title last year by nine strokes over second place Sam Houston State as four Lady Cardinals finished inside the top 12. Current sophomore Nghi Ngo led Lamar with a fourth place effort, while Julie Aime and Sarah Nicholas tied for seventh and Katelyn McDougal tied for 12th.
When Lamar won the event in 2011, it was also Sam Houston State who finished as runner-up. The Lady Cardinals came from five strokes down heading into the final round to win by six shots.
Houston Baptist, which will be joining the Southland Conference for the 2013-14 school year, is hosting the 15-team tournament. In addition to facing the Huskies, Lamar will also battle against league opponents Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Butler, Chicago State, McLennan Community College, North Dakota, Oklahoma City, Redlands Community College, Texas-Pan American, UAB and Western Texas round out the field.
Ngo, Aime, McDougal and Lauren Van Gerven, who tied for 34th at the event last year, will all be back to help the Lady Cardinals defend. Freshman Taylor Stockton, who prepped at Clear Lake High School, will round out the Lamar lineup.
A two-time all-conference selection, Aime is having an outstanding senior season with five top five finishes and an individual victory at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational in the fall. Aime leads the Lady Cardinals with a 74.3 strokes per round average.
Ngo is also having a strong season, averaging 75.3 strokes per round. Ngo has finished in the top 10 in five of Lamar's eight tournaments and picked up her first collegiate victory earlier this spring at the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational hosted by McNeese State.
McDougal and Stockton each have a top five finish this year with McDougal averaging 78.3 strokes per round and Stockton posting a 78.7 scoring average. Van Gerven has averaged 79.5 strokes per round through eight events.
This will be the first of three straight weeks of competition for the Lady Cardinals. Lamar will play next week at the Samford Intercollegiate before heading to Frisco to try and win its fourth Southland Conference team title at the league tournament from Frisco Lakes Golf Course.