HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks has been quietly excited about his freshman crop of golfers this summer leading up to the Bulldogs opening fall play.
Lange shot a seven-under-par, 36-hole total of 135 to lead a field of 87 golfers at the 15-team event hosted by Southern Mississippi. The Johannesburg, South Africa native shot an opening round three-under-par 68 to open the tournament and then came back in the afternoon to fire a four-under-par 67. He totaled 12 birdies, four bogeys and 20 pars on the day.
"It's impressive," said head coach Jeff Parks. "That's coming to America right there. Welcome to college golf. He's a player. He played well today. He and Ben have had a lot of distractions trying to get to America and get acclimated to college life in another country. I told them both that today they were going to get to do what they are comfortable doing ... playing golf. They both played very well."
Robinson shot a 36-hole total of three-over-par 145 and is tied for 31st heading into Tuesday's final round. The Droitwich, England native was in red numbers for much of the day in both of his rounds before giving back some shots late.
"Ben played well but didn't finish off either round like he wanted to," Parks said. "He was concentrating on the finish line instead of taking one shot at a time. It's something we will work on. I was proud of him today too."
Not to be outdone, junior Travis Wilmore shot one-under-par 141 (72-69) coming back during the afternoon with a two-under-par 69 as he currently sits in a tie for 10th place.
"Travis came back with great round this afternoon," Parks said. "He struggled a little this morning. He hit the ball well but just didn't get the putter going like he is capable of doing."
Junior Jack Lempke (75-74=149, T55th) and senior Sam Forgan (77-78=155, T76th) both struggled on the day. Freshman Brandon Newton, playing as an individual in the event, is also tied for 76th with a 36-hole total of 155 (79-76).
"We are tied for third and are five shots off the lead," Parks said. "I feel good about tomorrow. There are a lot of teams bunched at the top. It will be a fight to the end."
Ole Miss (289-276=565) leads the event at three-under-par followed by UL-Lafayette (281-287-568), LA Tech (288-282=570), Mississippi State (570), Southeastern Louisiana (571), South Alabama (572), Southern Miss (572), Sam Houston State (572), Samford (575), UALR (581), UTSA (581), Rice (584), Arkansas State (584), UL-Monroe (586) and McNeese State (607).
South Alabama's Michael Garretson (137) and Mississippi's Blake Morris (137) sit two shots behind Lange in the individual standings.
Fans can follow all of Tuesday's final round by logging onto www.golfstat.com.