Bulldog Golfers Struggle in Spring Opener
Feb. 19, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. - Louisiana Tech got off to a slow start to its first spring event and the Bulldogs were never able to fully recover as head coach Jeff Parks and Co. finished 13th at the 16-team Mobile Bay Intercollegiate hosted Monday and Tuesday at Magnolia Grove Golf Course.
Playing in a field that included eight teams ranked in the top 50 of the country, the Bulldogs shot an opening round of 20-over-par (308) on Monday morning. Tech didn't fare much better in the second round - which was suspended due to darkness and then completed Tuesday morning - as it shot 306. The Bulldogs did shoot a solid final round of 295 to move up a few spots in the final standings.
Senior Sam Forgan was Tech's top performer in the two-day event, finishing tied for 27th with a three-round total of 222. Forgan opened with an even-par 72 before shooting 74 and 76 in the final two rounds for his six-over-par total.
Freshman Victor Lange recorded Tech's top round of the event with a one-under-par 71 in the third and final 18 holes as he finished tied for 59th with a three-round total of 232 (78-83-71). Jack Lempke tied for 56th with a 231 (77-76-78).
Travis Wilmore came back strong after opening the tournament with an 87 as the junior shot 75 and 73 over the final 36 holes to finish 67th overall with a 235 total. Freshman Ben Robinson tied for 72nd with a 237 (81-81-75).
Tech freshman Brandon Newton was one of 34 individuals competing at the event as he finished tied for 23rd with a two-round total of 156 (80-76).
Auburn's Niclas Carlsson won the individual title at the event with a 54-hole total of four-under-par 212, two strokes ahead of Wake Forest's Evan Beck.
Auburn also won the team title with a total of three-under-par 861 followed by LSU (865), Illinois (870), Mississippi State (875), Wake Forest (875), Memphis (876), South Alabama (882), Southern Miss (889), Vanderbilt (892), Kentucky (901), UL-Lafayette (905), Middle Tennessee (907), Louisiana Tech (909), Akron (920), Illinois State (923) and Arkansas State (926).
The Bulldogs will compete in the Bayou City Collegiate Championships at Redstone Golf Club in Houston from Friday through Sunday.