Feb. 20, 2013
HOUSTON - Louisiana Tech will compete for the second time this week when the Bulldog golf team travels to Texas to participate in the Bayou City Collegiate Championships hosted by Rice and Houston at the Redstone Golf Club Friday through Sunday.
Head coach Jeff Parks Bulldogs are coming off a subpar performance in Mobile where LA Tech finished 13th out of 16 teams in the highly-competitive field that included eight Top 50 teams.
"We knew it would have a NCAA regional type of feel, and I really felt like we were ready to compete," Parks said. "We got off to a tough start and were never really able to recover. There are no excuses. We simply didn't play good golf. I know that and the player know that too.
"I am anxious to see how we respond this week. It's another terrific field of some of the top teams in the country. It will be another challenge, and I hope that we prove that we are better than what we showed in Mobile. I know we are."
The 15-team field competing at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships will include six Top 50 teams led by the No. 3-ranked Texas Longhorns. In addition to Texas and LA Tech, the field includes No. 36 Houston, No. 144 Rice, No. 37 Baylor, No. 69 Charlotte, No. 41 Chattanooga, No. 62 East Carolina, No. 137 Houston Baptist, No. 50 Indiana, No. 88 Lamar, No. 151 New Mexico State, No. 43 South Carolina, No. 82 UT Arlington and No. 100 UTSA.
"We didn't help ourselves in the rankings," said Parks, who saw his team fall to No. 85 nationally. "Our ultimate goal is qualify for the NCAA regionals this year. We want to win the WAC Championships. However, it would be nice to position ourselves so we are ranked high enough that we would get a spot in the NCAAs even if we didn't win the WAC Championships. We have some work to do."
This weekend's event will include three rounds of golf over three days as the 54-hole event will begin Friday and will culminate on Sunday. Friday and Saturday's rounds will begin at 10 a.m. while Sunday's final round will begin at 8:30 a.m.