Lange Finishes Second at Bayou City Collegiate Championship
Feb. 23, 2014
HOUSTON - Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange fired a 1-under-par 71 on the final day of the Bayou City Collegiate Championship Sunday as he finished tied for second and was named to the Bayou City All-Tournament Team.
A sophomore, Lange was the only golfer on the All-Tournament team not to play for co-host Houston or Texas.
"This was a good tournament," Lange said. "The weather was perfect, the course was great and I really couldn't have asked for a better venue. It is one of my favorite courses I have played on."
Overall Louisiana Tech shot 11-over-par 299 on the final round to drop to a tie for 11th place with Mississippi State after starting the day in sixth place. For the tournament, LA Tech shot 290-286-299=875 for 11-over-par overall.
Lange made a run at first place but could not catch up to Houston's Roman Robledo (currently ranked 98th in the nation) who finished at 12-under-par. In the end, he would finish alongside Texas' Kramer Hickok and Houston's Wesley McClain for second place overall.
"I knew when I got to 10-under-par I would have to make a few birdies to catch up to the leader. By the time I got to the last hole, I saw he had posted a 12-under-par and wasn't able to catch him, but knew I could still finish in second."
Starting on the fourth hole in Sunday's shotgun start, Lange got off to a rocky start by hitting a bogey on Hole No. 5 before shooting an eagle on Hole No. 8. That eighth hole on the front nine was a favorite of Lange's as he shot 5-under-par on it over the three-round tournament with a birdie on Friday and a pair of eagles over Saturday and Sunday.
"[Sunday's eagle] was the most memorable shot of the tournament for me," Lange recalled. "I shot a 2-iron for 240 yards teeing off. I eagled the hole both Saturday and Sunday but the situation on Sunday [playing for a tournament individual championship] made that better than Saturday's eagle."
Other than Lange the Bulldogs struggled over the final round, dropping from sixth place to 11th as the team shot 11-over-par. Travis Wilmore was the best of the other four golfers on the final day, shooting 2-over-par to finish tied for 55th at 5-over-par for the entire tournament. Jack Lempke - who entered the final day at an impressive 3-under-par - struggled Sunday with a 7-over-par score to finish the tournament tied for 46th at 4-over-par.
Louisiana Tech returns to action on Monday, March 3 as the Bulldogs host the Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La.
"I love playing on our home course," Lange said of the upcoming Argent Financial Classic. "It is really awesome playing in front of our fans and I hope to pull off an individual championship win on our home course in our home tournament."
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T-11. LOUISIANA TECH 290-286-299=875 +11
T-2. Victor Lange 71-67-71=209 -7
T-46. Jack Lempke 71-70-79=220 +4
T-55. Travis Wilmore 73-74-74=221 +5
T-72. Chuck Spears 75-75-77=227 +11
T-77. Ben Robinson 76-76-77=229 +13
Champion: Roman Robledo, Houston
Wesley McClain, Houston
Kramer Hickok, Texas
Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
Matt Scobie, Houston
Gavin Hall, Texas
Jerry Ruiz, Texas
Toni Hakula, Texas
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