April 11, 2011
VICTORIA, Texas - Louisiana Tech holds the 36-hole lead at the 2011 Jim West Intercollegiate hosted by Texas State at Victoria Country Club as Jeff Parks team holds a slim two-stroke lead heading into Tuesday's final round.
The Bulldogs shot a second round team total of one-over-par 289 and leads 45th ranked Southeastern Louisiana by two strokes. The Lions shot the best team total of Monday's second round with a three-under-par 285 to shave four strokes off of Tech's lead.
"We played pretty well," Parks said. "The wind was blowing again today hard, but it was completely different. It was a north wind today while yesterday was a south wind. The course played totally opposite; even a little tougher today.
"We didn't finish as well today as I would have liked too. A two shot lead against Southeastern is nothing. They are solid, but we are too. We have a two shot lead and we will role with it. Our mind set is we've beaten everybody this week, let's go beat them again."
Sophomore Sam Forgan continues to pace the Bulldogs as he sits in the clubhouse tied for the individual lead after shooting a four-under-par 68 on Monday. Forgan's six-under-par total of 138 is tied with Southeastern's Philipp Westermann and two strokes ahead of third place.
"Sam is playing awesome," Parks said. "He is striking ball well. He has made some unbelievable up and downs. He is putting it well. When you do that, you can win golf tournaments. Mentally he is in good shape. He is putting into practice everything we have talked about this year. He is staying in the moment and not getting ahead of himself."
All five Bulldog golfers are in the Top 20 out of 82 competitors as Clinton Shepard is tied for seventh with a total of 145 (72-73), Cody Santone tied for 14th with a 147 (75-72), Jack Lempke tied for 16th at 148 (72-76) and Jonathan Bale tied for 19th at 149 (73-76).
"We are going to play the golf course tomorrow," Parks said. "We aren't going to worry about anyone else. We just have to maintain our swagger. We need to keep our chins up and our chests out."
All 15 teams will open with shotgun start Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.