Bulldog Golfers Open Spring Season Monday



Feb. 14, 2013

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MOBILE, Alabama - Following a fall season that saw Louisiana Tech receive some impressive individual performances and solid team finishes, head coach Jeff Parks and the Bulldog golf team will open its spring season Monday when it competes in the 16-team Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.

Parks and Co. will join an impressive field that includes No. 14 LSU, No. 17 Vanderbilt, No. 19 Illinois, No. 23 Wake Forest, Akron, Arkansas State, Auburn, Illinois State, Kentucky, UL-Lafayette, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Alabama and Southern Miss.

Middle Tennessee is the two-time defending champion of the event as the Blue Raiders captured the team title in both 2011 and 2012.

"This will be a great challenge for us to open the spring against such a talent-laden field; a challenge that I feel our guys are up to facing," Parks said. "This is one of the most competitive fields we've competed against recently, and we've had some tough tournaments. I'm anxious to see how we play. I know our guys are excited about opening the season and about the opportunity to prove that we belong in this kind of field."

The 54-hole event will include two rounds on Monday starting with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and then the third and final round at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Mobile is a 7,212-yard, par 72 track that is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

All six LA Tech golfers will compete at the event as the Bulldogs five-man team will consist of senior Sam Forgan, juniors Jack Lempke and Travis Wilmore and freshmen Ben Robinson and Victor Lange. Freshman Brandon Newton will compete as an individual.



Tech finished in the top five of all four of its fall tournaments, including a pair of third-place finishes at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate and the Pinetree Intercollegiate. Tech also recorded 10 Top 20 individual performances during the fall, including victories by Lange at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate and Wilmore at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate.

Wilmore led the Bulldogs in the fall with a 72.6 scoring average which included five rounds under par. Wilmore won the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 10-under-par 206.

Live stats updated every three holes throughout day will be available at www.golfstat.com.

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