Oct. 20, 2013
After playing in four tournaments in the first five weeks of the season, the Lamar women's golf team received an extra week to prepare for the Blue Raider Invitational beginning Monday in Mufreesboro, Tenn. The two-day event is slated to begin with 36 holes Monday, closing with the final 18 Tuesday morning. The tournament will take place on the 6,177-yard, par-72 Old Fort Golf Club in Mufreesboro. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The Blue Raider Invitational will consist of 15 teams. In addition to Lamar, the field will include host Middle Tennessee, UALR, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Jacksonville State, UMKC, Morehead State, Murray State, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, UTEP and Troy.
Despite the overall youth of the team, Lamar has been posting some pretty impressive numbers during the 2013 fall season. The Lady Cardinals have finished no lower than third at any tournament, including a team title and two runner-up finishes.
Lamar is coming off a runner-up finish at the Harold Funston Invitational in Huntsville led by freshman Wenny Chang. A native of Taiwan, Chang fired a two-over 215 to take the individual title at the tournament. Along with classmate Bertille DuPont, Lamar's freshman duo has combined for six top-10 finishes during the first half of the season.
Lamar posted strong numbers at the Blue Raider Invitational last season as well. The Lady Cardinals finished sixth overall out of the 18-team field, led by then-senior Julie Aime's runner-up finish (74-74-73 - 221 +5). Junior Nghi Ngo was among the overall top-20 when she fired an 11-over 227 at the event.
Following the Blue Raider Invitational the Lamar women will have some time to focus on their academics. LU is slated to open the spring schedule Monday, Feb. 10, when they travel to Broussard, La., for the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational.