April 10, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech sophomore Travis Wilmore recorded a career-best performance to lead the Bulldogs to a seventh-place finish at the 12-team Memphis Intercollegiate that wrapped up Tuesday.
Wilmore shot a one-over-par 73 in the final round to finish with a three-round total of 218, three strokes behind Kennesaw State's Ben Green who won the event.
"Travis played great," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "He was so close to winning his first collegiate event. He put himself in position with a great tournament. He had a couple of holes midway through the final round that hurt him, but I am so proud of him. He really stepped up and played well all week."
As a team the Bulldogs shot the third best total of the final round and came within four strokes of finishing three places higher in the team standings.
Kennesaw State won the event with a three-round total of 892 followed by Memphis (893), Vanderbilt (901), Middle Tennessee (903), Akron (904), UAB (906), LA Tech (907), Mississippi State (910), Southern Miss (922), South Alabama (931), UALR (943) and Arkansas State (961).
In addition to Wilmore's impressive tournament, Sam Forgan (73-78-72=223) finished tied for ninth overall after shooting an impressive final round even par 72. Cody Blankenship (76-75-76) also recorded a top 20 finish, tying for 18th with a 227. Cody Santone (83-77-80-240, T56th) and Jonathan Bale (84-79-79=242, T59th) rounded out the Bulldog competitors.
Tech will compete in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships April 30 through May 2 at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada for a chance to earn the program's first ever NCAA regional berth.
"We've played all year to get to this position and we know what we have to do," Parks said. "We have a great shot and we are going to continue to work hard the next few weeks in preparation for the event."