Feb. 20, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will be challenged against some of the top men’s golf teams in the country this weekend as the Bulldogs face four teams ranked in the top 25 at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship co-hosted by Houston and Rice.
The co-host Cougars – ranked No. 15 in the most recent national rankings by GolfStat.com – will be challenged by No. 14 USF while LA Tech will be looking to replicate last year’s success in the tournament. In 2013 the Bulldogs surprised the field and finished fourth overall, beating Baylor, Charlotte, Indiana and New Mexico State.
“We played well at this tournament last year and hopefully we can replicate that success this year,” head coach Jeff Parks said.
No. 21 Texas claimed last year’s title with a three-round score of 22-under-par 842 while Houston finished second. South Carolina, currently ranked 29th in the nation, finished ahead of the Bulldogs in third place last year.
“Our guys are excited to play in what is expected to be good weather on a PGA Tour course,” said Parks. “This will probably be one of the strongest fields we have played against since I have been at Tech.”
The tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Houston on the same tournament course that plays host to the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open. Action begins at 9 a.m. Friday with three consecutive days of 18-hole rounds on the par 72, 6,982-yard course.
Victor Lange led Tech last year with a 2-under-par 214 score as he finished tied for eighth overall. Of LA Tech’s five golfers competing this weekend, four of them (Lange, Jack Lempke, Ben Robinson and Travis Wilmore) represented Tech at last year’s Bayou City Collegiate Championship. This year Chuck Spears will replace Sam Forgan on the travel roster hoping to replicate Forgan’s 1-under-par 215 score.
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