April 29, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - Victor Lange shot a 2-under-par 70 and Louisiana Tech finished the first round of play in 10thplace as the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship kicked off at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson Monday.
The Bulldogs finished with a 17-over-par, 305-shot round in 10th place. New Mexico State led after day one with a 2-under-par, 286-shot performance with Utah State in second place six shots back (4-over-par, 292). The New Mexico State Aggies have won three of the last four WAC titles, having finished to San Jose State last year.
"Today was not what we were looking for," said Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "I didn't have any idea we would have those kinds of numbers, especially with how still [the wind] is. We just hit way too many shots in the rocks and it is tough to play from there."
Lange's 70 led the Bulldogs as he shot an unblemished three birdies with no bogeys on the back nine, including a birdie on the 18th hole. He finished the day tied for second overall on the individual leaderboard along with New Mexico State's Derek Baade and Willy Hogan and UTSA's Garrison Lackey.
"That was Victor being Victor," said Parks. "He had a great round and shot 33 on the back nine, which was a great score. I hope he can continue that for the next two rounds."
Senior Sam Forgan had a strong start and was at 1-under-par through 13 holes but shot bogey or worse in four of the final five holes of the round.
"[Sam Forgan] hit it in the rocks on 16 and had to take an unplayable then didn't get a good drop and it landed in the rocks again. He finally got it on the green and two-putted. That is the way it worked today and when you see big numbers on our card from today, that is why," Parks said afterwards.
Junior Travis Wilmore, who led Tech with a 73.6 average round this season, shot a 7-over-par 79 on the course. Wilmore was 6-over-par on the front nine before settling down to shoot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine to close out the round.
Only Lange escaped the tough desert terrain as the four other Bulldogs hit tee shots into rough areas full of rocks and sand.
The second of three rounds at the2013 WAC Men's Golf Championship on the 7,313-yard, par-72 course at Rio Secco tees off at 7 a.m. PT/9 a.m. CT on Tuesday.
"We've been in this situation before and the guys usually rally," Parks said. "Hopefully we haven't dug too deep of a hole that we can't climb out of it. It will be a special event if we can finish the next two rounds with some good golf and hopefully the other teams will hit it in the rocks. Maybe we will get the breaks in the next two rounds."
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