Oct. 21, 2012
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Lamar University women's golf team will look to close out a strong fall season this week when the Lady Cardinals tee it up at the Blue Raider Invitational from Old Fort Golf Club.
The 54-hole event will begin with a shotgun start Monday morning at 8:30 on the par-72, 6,177-yard layout. The first two rounds will be held Monday before the final 18 holes are played on Tuesday in the 18-team tournament.
Lamar has finished no lower than fourth in any of its four fall tournaments, including a win at the ORU Shootout on Oct. 2. The Lady Cardinals finished second in this event last year with host Middle Tennessee State winning on its home course.
In addition to Lamar, the Blue Raiders will welcome Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Peay, Belmont, Jacksonville State, UMKC, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss, Tennessee Tech, UTEP, Troy and Western Kentucky.
Current senior Julie Aime was one of two Lady Cardinals to finish in the top five last year as she tied for third place. Aime, who picked up her third career individual title earlier this fall, leads the Lady Cardinals in stroke average at 74.1 per round.
Sophomore Nghi Ngo is second on the team with a 74.8 scoring average and has finished in the top 10 in all four fall events this season. Ngo tied for 25th last season at the Blue Raider Invitational after rounds of 77-78-76.
Juniors Katelyn McDougal and Lauren Van Gerven will also be making return trips to Old Fort GC for the event. McDougal, who tied for 13th at last year's tournament, has a tie for fifth this fall and is averaging 77.3 strokes per round.
Van Gerven tied for 57th at last year's tournament and is currently averaging 79.5 strokes per round through four fall events.
The only newcomer to the event will be freshman Taylor Stockton who will be replacing Sarah Nicholas in the Lamar lineup. Nicholas tied for fifth at the 2011 Blue Raider Invitational. Stockton had her best finish of the fall in Lamar's last event with a tie for 15th and is averaging 78.7 strokes per round.