Aug. 31, 2012
GLENCOE, Ala. - For the fourth year in a row, the Lamar University women's golf team will open its fall season at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic. The 54-hole event is scheduled to begin Sunday morning at Silver Lakes Golf Course.
The tournament is scheduled to be played over three day on the par-72, 5,943-yard Robert Trent Jones layout. Competition will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start Sunday morning, followed by a 10 a.m. start Monday and a 7:30 a.m. start for Tuesday's final round.
Jacksonville State serves as host for the 10-team field. In addition to the Gamecocks and Lady Cardinals, Northern Kentucky, Texas State, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Lipscomb and Western Kentucky will be battling for the team title.
Last year's event, which was held at Hampton Cove Golf Club due to renovations at Silver Lakes, was shortened to just 18 holes due to inclement weather with the Lady Cardinals finishing third behind tournament champion Samford and the host Gamecocks.
Lamar has four players returning off last year's team who all played in the event. The lone senior is Julie Aime who earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors for the second straight year. Aime tied for 17th at last year's Gamecock Classic after carding a 79, and led Lamar with a 76.0 strokes per round average in 2011-12.
Juniors Katelyn McDougal and Lauren Van Gerven return for their third seasons with the Lady Cardinals. McDougal, who finished the year with a 77.9 stroke average, tied for second at last year's season-opening event with a 73.
Van Gerven had her second highest finish of the year at last year's event after an opening round 76 left her in a tie for 12th. She would finish her redshirt sophomore season with an 81.5 stroke average.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo is the final returning player for head coach Brian White. Ngo had a strong freshman campaign which saw her finish second on the team in scoring average at 77.8. She fired a 75 at the Gamecock Classic in her first collegiate round and finished tied for ninth.
Rounding out Lamar's fivesome will be freshman Taylor Stockton
from Clear Lake High School. Stockton brings impressive credentials after earning Texas Class 5A All-State honors and being ranked among the nation's best seniors by Golfweek.
Lamar took home the team title in 2009 at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic. In 2006, LU's Hillary Zeigler won individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 214 to establish the best winning score in the 17-year history of the event.