Victor Lange Cards Course Record Round at Tucson Regional
May 18, 2016
TUCSON, Ariz. - Victor Lange has a flair for finishes and Wednesday's final round at the NCAA Regionals in Tucson was no different. A senior, Lange fired a Tucson Regional single round best 7-under-par (65) as he finished 11th overall in the three-round tournament at The Gallery Golf Club.
That 7-under-par round by Lange ties the collegiate course record at The Gallery Golf Club (North Course), matching the 7-under-par 65 shot by Stanford's Patrick Rodgers at the 2014 Pac-12 Championship.
"It was an awesome day," said Lange following his final round. "I think 65 was the lowest round of the tournament. It was a fantastic day really. It is a shame I did not play my best the first two rounds, but I made up for it this last round. I am extremely pleased that I could finish my college career off this way."
Credit a hot start to the South Africa native as he opened play Wednesday with back-to-back birdies and was 5-under-par at the turn. Only a pair of bogeys on holes three and five blemished an otherwise impressive scorecard for Lange. In true fashion to himself, he finished his collegiate career with a birdie on the final hole.
"I was feeling good this morning," Lange recalled. "I knew I was going to shoot a low one, even on the range. I know myself. I know when I am going to play well. I got the start that I wanted. I went birdie-birdie. I did not really put a limit on things. I just tried to go as low as possible."
A senior, Lange finished 2-under-par (75-74-65=214) for the tournament and recorded the second-best score among individuals not on a team advancing to the NCAA Championships. UC Riverside's Matt Lutz will be the individual advancing out of the Tucson Regional with Lange on hold as the alternate.
"It is one more testament to how great of a player he is and how he will always play until the end for you," Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Jenkins said. "It was the round of the week. He was seven under through 11. He dropped a few, but finished with two birdies in the last four holes. I know he was in contention at one point to make the national championship as an individual. I am really excited for him. The guys are really excited for him. It was certainly something he will be able to draw on for the rest of his career. He has done it now twice in the last two tournaments. He made a 65 in a round at conference and now a 65 at the regional."
Louisiana Tech as a team finished 12th overall, carding 33-over-par (301-304-292=897) for the tournament and beating No. 25 North Carolina by 20 strokes. Wednesday's final round at 4-over-par 292 marked the Bulldogs best round of the tournament
The 11th-place finish on the individual leaderboard for Lange is his highest finish in three regional appearances while the 7-under-par card ties a season-low and marks his 15th par-or-better round this season. He finishes his collegiate career with 64 rounds of par-or-better golf over his four years at Louisiana Tech and has three of the 10 best rounds to par in Tech history.
But all was not Lange on the course Wednesday. Freshman Jacob Wyatt finished an impressive 3-over-par (71-74-74=219) and placed tied for 26th at the NCAA Regionals after a 2-over-par final round. A native of Bossier City, Louisiana, Wyatt was even-par at the turn and finished with bogeys in two of his last three holes.
Luke Neeley, a redshirt sophomore, carded his best round of the tournament Wednesday at 3-over-par. He finished the Tucson Regional in 66th at 15-over-par (78-78-75=231) overall. Neeley was even-par through eight holes on the day with three bogeys incurred over a five-hole stretch before finishing his round with five consecutive pars. He finished the tournament with 40 pars, ranking third in the field.
Ben Robinson finished 67th at 17-over-par (77-78-78=233) while his final round of play marked three birdies over five holes around the turn where both he and the rest of the team struggled at yesterday. But Robinson's crooked numbers to start and finish -- a double-bogey on the first hole and triple on the last -- left him at 6-over-par (78) on the day.
Chuck Spears registered three birdies over the first nine holes, including back-to-back birdies right before the turn, but struggled with an 8-over-par card after the turn to finish the day 11-over-par. He would place 73rd on the individual leaderboard and finish 33-over-par (88-78-73=249) for the tournament.
The NCAA Tucson Regional completes the 2015-16 season for Louisiana Tech unless, as the alternate, something should happen which would allow the senior to fill an empty spot at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon later this month.
This year's squad ends the season by being the first team in school history to make an NCAA Regional -- the regional format began in 1989 -- and just the second Bulldog Golf team to reach the NCAA postseason. It also marked the first conference championship since 1980 and the first team to represent Louisiana Tech in the NCAA postseason since 2011.
"We graduate three seniors, but you look to the future and what Jacob Wyatt and Luke Neeley have done for us here and at conference," Jenkins said. "I am really excited for Jacob. He finished 25th or so this week as a true freshman against some of the best golfers in the country. It was a huge accomplishment for him and I am really proud and excited for him. Having a freshman and a sophomore in the lineup I think is something they can share with our new guys next year. I think this is going to make them that much hungrier to get back here. They will get after it this summer and will bring it for the 2016-17 season."
Lange will participate in Louisiana Tech's commencement ceremonies Saturday in Ruston, Louisiana while Robinson will return to his native England where he will participate in the European sectional qualifying round for the U.S. Open, a spot he secured at the Hot Springs opening qualifying round less than two weeks ago.
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