Oct. 7, 2012
HUNTSVILLE - Fresh off a team title at Oral Roberts, the Lamar University women's golf team will look to continue its strong fall season when the Lady Cardinals open play Monday morning in the Harold Funston Intercollegiate Golf Classic.
The 54-hole event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start Monday morning from the par-71, 6,067-yard Raven Nest Golf Club. The first two rounds will be played Monday before the tournament closes with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Sam Houston State, which is hosting the event for the third straight year, is also the defending champion. The 12-team field will also feature Alabama State, Houston Baptist, New Orleans, Saint Edwards, Texas Southern, Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tyler Junior College, Western Texas College and Jacksonville College.
This will be the Lady Cardinals' fourth tournament of the fall and they have finished no lower than fourth in the previous three. Lamar won the ORU Shootout by 24 strokes as three players finished in the top 10 individually.
Senior Julie Aime is off to a particularly hot start with an individual victory at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational and a tie for second at Oral Roberts. The winner of three career events, Aime leads Lamar with a 73.9 strokes per round scoring average.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo, who has finished in the top 10 in all three events this fall, is sporting a 74.9 scoring average. Ngo tied for seventh at Oral Roberts after a tie for ninth at Louisiana-Monroe's tournament and a seventh place finish at the season-opening Chris Banister Gamecock Classic.
Katelyn McDougal is coming off her best finish of the fall with a tie for fifth at Oral Roberts. The junior is third on the team in scoring average at 77.1 strokes per round.
Junior Lauren Van Gerven and freshman Taylor Stockton are each averaging 79.8 strokes per round this fall. Van Gerven has one top 25 finish this fall, while Stockton has a pair of 30th place showings in her first season of collegiate golf.