May 1, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - Louisiana Tech as a team struggled on the final day of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Golf Championship as the Bulldogs finished 10th overall at the Rio Secco Golf Course in Henderson Wednesday.
The Bulldogs shot a 30-over-par score of 318 Wednesday to finish in 10th place overall, just three shots behind Seattle. Tech finished the three-day tournament with a total score of 305-310-318=933, going 69-over-par in the three-round event.
"It was another one of those days with the wind blowing [hard] and we didn't handle it the way we needed to," said head coach Jeff Parks. "We didn't perform at all like how I was expecting. I really thought we had a chance to climb the leaderboard and we just didn't do it."
New Mexico State won the 2013 WAC Championship with a final score of 286-298-303=887 (23-over-par) and held off UT Arlington who made an impressive run Wednesday with a third round-best score of 292 to finish 29-over-par on the week (294-307-292=893), just six shots back of the Aggies.
Lange entered the day with a chance to challenge for the individual title but went 4-over-par (76) on the day to finish the week with a score of 70-77-76=223, seven strokes over par and finished in a tie for fifth along with Oskar Arvidsson (Denver), Garrison Lackey (UTSA), J.J. Lindsey (UTSA), Hunter Brown (UT Arlington) and Gordon Webb (Idaho).
"He had a good chance to win this week but let a couple shots slide yesterday and today but probably yesterday more so than anything," explained Parks. "Today he just couldn't get a couple putts to drop when he needed to. He had a couple of unfortunate errors throughout out the day but all in all, he had a great tournament.
"He is a great kid, he works hard at it and is a special kid," Parks continued. "For him to do that as a freshman and to come to his first conference event and compete for a win is pretty special."
Travis Wilmore rounded out the week by shooting a three-day best score of 4-over-par (76) to finish the week with a mark of 18-over-par (79-79-76=234). The junior finished in a tie for 33rd.
Sam Forgan completed his career with a 20-over-par tournament, shooting 76-77-83=236 over the course of three days. The graduating senior placed 38th overall after shooting an 11-over-par 83 in the final round.
"Sam is a great person, a life-long friend. It is hard to see him finish off with this type of performance but he will hang his hat on what he has done in his career and what we have done as a program with him being involved in it. He has been our team captain this year and a great one and I am going to miss him."
Ben Robinson also shot an 11-over-par, 83 on the final day, finishing the tournament with a score of 80-77-83=240 over the three rounds in Henderson. He finished 45th overall.
Rounding out the group, Jack Lempke shot a 12-over-par, 84 on Wednesday to finish the tournament with a 27-over-par tally (80--79-84=243) and placed 49th.
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