Sept. 29, 2013
The youthful Lamar Lady Cardinal golf team will look to continue its impressive start to the 2013-14 season Monday when it travels to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the ORU Shootout presented by Bob Hurley Auto Family. The 18-team tournament field will compete at the 6,120-yard, par-71 Meadowbrook Country Club Course. Play is set to begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. The format has teams slated to play 36 holes Monday followed by the final 18 Tuesday. The final round is also slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m.
"Any time you're put in the position of replacing your top overall player it is never easy," said head coach Brian White. "That is the situation we found ourselves in this year, but I knew we had better depth coming into this season. I knew our overall depth would help us over the course of the season.
"We've played well to this point, and we've put ourselves in position to win some tournaments. We now have to figure out how to make those shots in key situations," added White.
The Lady Cardinals will be facing six other Southland Conference opponents during its two days in Tulsa. The tournament field consists of Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, McLennan CC, Missouri State, Northern Arizona, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma City, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UALR, UTEP, Western Texas and Wichita State.
Lamar won last year's ORU shootout by posting a three-round 302-303-300 - 905. The Lady Cardinals placed three in the overall 10 during last season's tournament. Two of those top-10 finishers return from last year's team to lead the 2013 contingent.
Despite its overall youth, Lamar has had a great start to the young season. LU posted a third-place finish at the Memphis FedEx Intercollegiate, followed by a runner-up finish last week at the Fred Marx Invitational where they missed a team title by one stroke.
The most impressive thing about Lamar's 2013-14 start is the play of the underclassmen. Sophomore Taylor Stockton
has led Lamar at both events, while Bertille DuPont
and Wenny Chang
have been among the team's top four golfers in each of the first two events.