March 12, 2013
CHOUDRANT, La. - Sam Forgan led Louisiana Tech with a final round 3-over-par 75 and Louisiana Tech held on to third place as play wrapped up at the Argent Financial Classic Tuesday afternoon at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.
The Bulldogs struggled on the day with a 19-over-par 307 score to finish the tournament with a 26-over-par score of 890, holding off fourth place UALR (893) and fifth place Southern Miss (894). No. 32 North Texas won with a 5-under-par score of 859 while No. 15 LSU finished second with a 1-under-par 863.
“Our performance wasn’t very good today,” Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks said. “I think a lot of it was us trying to press to catch the leaders. We pushed a little too hard and didn’t play too well. Going out, I thought we had a chance to catch the top two teams. In an effort to be aggressive and firing at pins, it ended up hurting us in the long run.”
North Texas’ Rodoldfo Cazaubon, ranked 36th in the nation, came from behind to edge No. 45 Andrew Presley of LSU for the individual title with a 9-under-par tournament score of 207.
Victor Lange led Louisiana Tech overall with a 4-over-par score of 220 (72-72-76=220) but his performance over the final three holes allowed Louisiana Tech to hold on to third place. UALR had crept up to one shot behind Tech but Lange finished the final three holes 1-under-par to keep Tech ahead of the Trojans.
“He played well again today,” Parks said of Lange. “He had a couple up-and-down holes throughout his round he finished strong. He had a birdie putt on 16 that he missed but he birdied 17 then missed birdie on 18. He finished strong and closed well which is what he does.”
Tech entered the day within nine strokes of co-leaders LSU and North Texas but struggled as all four scoring golfers hit above par.
Louisiana Tech has two tournaments remaining on the schedule before heading to the WAC Championships on April 29-May 1 in Henderson, Nev. Tech next competes at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate at Reunion Country Club in Jackson, Miss. on April 1-2.
“We need to continue to improve [over the next two tournaments],” Parks said. “We need to go into the conference tournament with some confidence so we can play well there. At Jackson in Ole Miss’ event, it is a lot like Squire Creek’s layout where it is open off the tee where we can hopefully play well. We have had a couple of guys play well there in the past. Mississippi State’s a new venue for us at Old Waverly, which is a great course. That will be fun and a challenge to test our skills at that level of a golf course.”
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3. Louisiana Tech 295-288-307=890
T10. Victor Lange 72-72-76=220
T20. Sam Forgan 76-72-75=223
T20. Travis Wilmore 75-70-78=223
T32. Ben Robinson 74-74-82=230
T42. Jack Lempkie 74-81-78=233