Oct. 18, 2011
SHREVEPORT - Louisiana Tech seniors Sam Forgan and Cody Santone recorded Top 20 finishes to lead the Bulldog golf team in a highly-competitive field in the 2011 David Toms Intercollegiate hosted by LSU at Southern Trace Country Club.
Forgan shot a two-over-par total of 218 to finish in 13th place while Santone shot a four-over-par total of 220 to tie for 17th in a field that included 11 teams ranked in the Top 100 in the country.
After struggling in Monday's opening two rounds of play, the Bulldogs came back Tuesday and posted the fourth best team total of the day at two-over-par 290 to finish in ninth place.
"We are very capable," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "For some reason we don't get off to good starts, and we are going to figure out why. I'm not sure I can pinpoint it right now. I think maybe the magnitude of event might have gotten to us ... there were some nerves."
The Bulldogs shot their worst two rounds of the fall in Monday's play, firing an 11-over 299 and a 14-over 302 to start the competition. However, Tuesday was a different story as Tech got solid play from Santone (71), Forgan (72), Patrick Blunt (73) and Travis Wilmore (74).
"We came back today nicely," Parks said. "It just shows we can actually play with the top schools. We have the ability. We actually beat the two teams that we were supposed to beat and got beat by who was supposed to be us according to the rankings.
"For me, it's disappointing because we had a great opportunity to change them by playing well this week. We will start our program for the winter, get into weights to get more physically prepared, and work on things to get ready for this spring. We have a long list to work on."
Wilmore tied for 39th with a three-round total of 226 while Blunt finished 59th (236) and Jack Lempke 60th (239).