March 11, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - Victor Lange shot a 1-under-par 71 Tuesday as he led Louisiana Tech to a fourth place finish at the 29th Annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.
Lange’s round marked his second sub-par round of the tournament as the Bulldogs clipped 47th-ranked New Mexico State by seven strokes. LA Tech finished the tournament with an 8-over-par score of 872, only four shots from host UL-Lafayette as the Ragin’ Cajuns placed third after a 4-over-par 868 score. No. 9 Illinois won at 25-under-par 839 while No. 33 LSU was second, shooting 19-under-par 845.
Tech, which moved up to No. 120 in the overall national ranks after finishing second at the Argent Financial Classic, is sure to move up even more after beating four teams ranked ahead of the Bulldogs. Of the four Conference USA teams competing at the event, LA Tech was the top finisher by eight strokes with wins over UTSA, Tulsa and Southern Miss.
“Today was a tougher set-up with the weather and pin placements but all-in-all I was pleased with the performance,” Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks said. “It was fun to see us play an under-par round yesterday and then to see us follow that with a good performance today. Hopefully we are beginning to peak at the right time.”
Lange finished the day at 1-under-par and finished tied for ninth overall at 2-under-par (74-69-71=214) along with Brandon Pierce and Zach Wright, both of LSU. A sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, Lange recorded two birdies in his first six holes of the day.
Travis Wilmore finished tied for 20th along with three others after posting a 3-over-par 219 (74-69-76). A senior, Wilmore completed the final round at 4-over-par.
Louisiana Tech returns to action on March 24-25 as the Bulldogs will compete against several regional powers at the UTSA-hosted Lone Star Invitational. Held at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas – host of one of six NCAA Regional sites – the tournament stands to be a regional preview with teams likely to advance to postseason competition playing on an NCAA Regional course.
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