March 11, 2013
CHOUDRANT, La. - Freshman Victor Lange led Louisiana Tech through the first day, shooing an even-par 144, as Louisiana Tech stood in third place through two rounds at the Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
Lange shot even-par 72 in both the first and second rounds as the 11-team field played 36 holes in the first day of action. As a team, Louisiana Tech shot a 7-over-par 583 and had a seven stroke improvement between the first and second rounds.
"Victor played well," head coach Jeff Parks said. "He really is not feeling well as he is fighting off a bad cold. He called this morning and said he couldn't hear because his ears were plugged and that rattled him a bit. But being sick and still shooting even-par is pretty impressive."
Entering the final round, Tech was only nine strokes behind co-leaders No. 15 LSU and No. 32 North Texas who shot -2 on the day.
With Tech only trailing LSU and North Texas by nine shots, déjà vu is recalled from the 2012 Argent Financial Classic as the Bulldogs trailed the Tigers entering the final round of play by only six shots and pulled into a tie with LSU in the final nine holes. LSU eventually edged Tech by three strokes.
"It is very doable," Parks said of mounting a comeback. "These guys are capable of doing that [making a comeback]. It will be tough but when we can do it, it will be fun. We will be in a good position tomorrow as we will be in the final group. We just have to make some putts and we are very capable of doing so."
The Bulldogs lead Texas State by 11 shots while Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) is 15 strokes behind the host Bulldogs.
The final round of play at the 2013 Argent Financial Classic will begin at 8 a.m. CT Tuesday with teams teeing off on holes one and 10. Live scores will be posted throughout the final round at GolfStat.com.
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3. Louisiana Tech 295-288=583
T6. Victor Lange 72-72=144
T9. Travis Wilmore 75-70=145
T19. Sam Forgan 76-72=148
T19. Ben Robinson 74-74=148
T38. Jack Lempke 74-81=155