March 3, 2014
CHOUDRANT, La. - Sophomore Victor Lange led Louisiana Tech with a 1-under-par 71 Monday as the Bulldogs enter Tuesday's final round with a one-stroke lead over North Texas at the Argent Financial Classic hosted at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
Lange is only one stroke behind co-leaders Pep Angles (Central Arkansas) and Calum Hill (UL-Monroe) who lead with a pair of identical 2-under-par 70 scores. In all, Louisiana Tech has three players in the top 10 following the first round of competition.
Overall LA Tech leads with a 5-over-par (293) team score after one round of play.
"We came out of the gate strong today despite the challenging weather conditions," Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks said. "Having to practice in the cold, windy weather over the last month is paying off. We played decent as a team at home. The one shot lead gives us a chance to win tomorrow but we will have to play well to do so."
Right on the Bulldogs' tails is Conference USA foe North Texas, who shot 6-over-par (294) as a team. Southeastern Louisiana is in third place, only four strokes behind LA Tech at 9-over-par (297). UL-Monroe, which spent most of the day within a few strokes of the host Bulldogs, dropped to fourth with a 14-over-par score of 302 as the first round completed.
Lange resides in third place alone while Southeastern Louisiana's Gustavo Leon and North Texas' Juan Munoz closely follow after shooting an even-par 72. Senior Jack Lempke is tied for sixth with a 1-over-par (73) score alongside Baptiste Courtachon (Southeastern Louisiana) and Jason Roets (North Texas).
Sophomore Ben Robinson is tied for ninth with five others at 2-over-par (74) while Chuck Spears shot 3-over-par 75 to finish the day tied for 15th. Senior Travis Wilmore is tied for 29th at 6-over-par (78) while individuals John Lewis Sames (7-over-par 79) and Preston Standley (11-over-par 83) are 37th and 58th, respectively.
The Argent Financial Classic was originally scheduled to play two rounds Monday but inclement weather and below-freezing temperatures forced tournament officials to cancel one of Monday's rounds.
Due to extreme cold temperatures expected overnight, Tuesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. CT. Admission is free to all spectators.
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