Oct. 22, 2013
CHOUDRANT, La. - Senior Travis Wilmore led the Bulldogs with a low round score of 67 and finished third overall as Louisiana Tech placed third at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek Country Club Tuesday.
Southern Miss held on for the win despite shooting 8-over-par in the final round, finishing with a 3-over-par 867 team score (293-278-296=867). The Golden Eagles entered the day with a nine-stroke lead over Southeastern Louisiana (298-282-291=871) and held on late for a four-stroke win over the Lions. LA Tech finished in third, three strokes behind Southeastern Louisiana as the Bulldogs shot 874 (294-288-292=874).
LA Tech finished two shots ahead of Central Arkansas (876) and four up of McNeese State (878). Conference USA foe North Texas finished the tournament in sixth place, shooting 879, while Missouri State (889) placed seventh.
"They fought hard today," head coach Jeff Parks said of his team. "Some of our guys didn't get off to a very good start but we battled back to get into contention. We were well into the battle at the top with just a few holes left but couldn't convert late and hit the shots we needed to in the end. We have done this in the past where we put ourselves in a position where we have to climb back into the tournament. This was just like our last tournament at LSU where we got shot snack late but the opening round hurt us more than anything. Unfortunately today we had a legitimate chance at getting the tournament win but couldn't quite capitalize on it. All in all it is disappointing we didn't win our home event because that was our goal this week."
Wilmore’s 5-under-par 67 marked the lowest round of any Bulldog over the three-round tournament. Overall, the senior from Alexandria shot 212, 4-under-par (70-75-67=212).
"Travis played a heck of a round today," Parks said of Wilmore's performance. "He tied for the tournament's low round of the day. He played well and played like a senior should by putting the team on his back and trying to get us to the top."
Ben Robinson was the most consistent of the group, finishing tied for 14th with a 4-over-par 220 (74-73-73=220). Sophomore Victor Lange finished tied for 23rd with a 7-over-par 223 (76-70-77) along with senior Jack Lempke (74-73-76=223). Chuck Spears rounded out the group with a 9-over-par 225 (77-72-76=225).
Louisiana Tech returns to action on Nov. 4-5 as the Bulldogs close out the fall season at the Arkansas State Fall Beach Classic held at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
"We will take what we learned here and go into the Arkansas State event in two weeks," Parks said of the team's next tournament. "Hopefully we can go down there with what we have learned in the last three tournaments and come out on top."
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