April 28, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. -
The Lamar Lady Cardinals golf team is headed to Stillwater, Okla., to compete in the NCAA Central Regional Championships beginning Thursday, May 8th, announced the NCAA on the Golf Channel's Golf Central Monday afternoon. The Lady Cardinals will be making their second consecutive appearance, and fourth in program history, when they begin play in Stillwater.
Lamar is one of 24 schools, and six individuals, at the Central Regional vying for a spot in the NCAA Championships. Lamar is also one of five Texas schools that will be represented at the regional championships.
The three-day, three-round tournament will take place on the 7,400-yard, par-71 Karsten Creek Golf Course. Teams will play 18 holes each day, with the final round taking place on Saturday, May 10th.
"We are very excited about having the opportunity to play in the NCAA Regionals," said head coach Brian White. "These girls have worked hard for this opportunity. With such a young team there is always the concern with nerves at the beginning, but once they tee off I think they will be fine.
"Karsten Creek is a beautiful course. We have an opportunity to see how good our team really is as we will be facing off against some of the best teams in the nation," added White.
Sitting atop the Southland Conference throughout the season, the Lady Cardinals backed up the hype by going wire-to-wire for their second consecutive Southland Conference team title. Lamar faced a challenge from three different team's on nearly a round-by-round basis but the youthful Lamar squad never cracked under the pressure recording a six-stroke victory with their three-round 304-299-301 - 904.
Led by Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Wenny Chang, the Cardinals won four tournaments during the 2013-14 season, and finished in the top five in all but one tournament. In addition to Chang, three other Lady Cardinals were named to the 2014 All-SLC squad. Joining Chang on the first team was sophomore Taylor Stockton, while junior Nghi Ngo and freshman Bertille DuPont received second-team honors.
The most remarkable aspect about Lamar's success this season, is its lack of overall experience. The Cardinals have only one senior on the roster, and the travel roster to the Southland Championships consisted of three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.
Last season the Lady Cardinals finished 21st at the NCAA Central Regional, firing a three-round 926 on the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club course in Norman, Okla. Lamar finished the week only four strokes back of No. 34 Campbell. It was Lamar's first trip to an NCAA regional since the 1995 season.