March 17, 2012
LAREDO, Texas - After struggling in the opening two rounds of the 2012 Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs bounced back Saturday shooting the third best team total over the final 18 holes in the 16-team event.
Despite shooting 36-over-par for the event, Tech finished tied for fifth at the event with UL-Lafayette after moving up four spots with a final round team total of four-over-par 292. Only 31st ranked Baylor (282) and event champion Lamar (288) scored better on Saturday.
"It was one of those golf courses that if you hit it where you want to, you could score descent," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "If you hit it off line, there were a lot of places you could get into trouble. The wind blew 30 miles per hour both days so it was extremely windy. When you aren't hitting it great and you get it into the wind, it's really tough to play the game.
"We played good today; a little more like we normally play. According to the rankings, we finished about where we were supposed to coming into the event. We didn't play great. We have two more tournaments we are looking forward to at LSU and Memphis. We are going to keep working; we are getting there."
Lamar ran away with the team competition, shooting a three-round total of six-over-par 870 followed by Baylor (875), Houston (888), Iowa State (893), LA Tech (900), UL-Lafayette (900), Mississippi State (903), Southern Miss (906), VCU (907), Central Arkansas (908), Texas State (915), Rice (916), Eastern Michigan (918), UTSA (921), Kansas (925) and Stephen F. Austin (927).
Lamar's MJ Daffue won the individual competition with a five-under-par 211 and was one of only two competitors to shoot in the red for the entire event.
Cody Blankenship (73-77-73=223) led the Bulldogs, tying for 18th at the event followed by Patrick Blunt (77-77-70=224, T23rd), Cody Santone (75-76-76=227, T37th), Travis Wilmore (78-77-73=228, T42nd) and Sam Forgan (76-79-82=237, T73rd).