March 5, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - On the heels of one of its best performances in the last decade, the Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team struggled mightily at Oakbourne Country Club finishing last in the 14-team Louisiana Classics hosted by UL-Lafayette Monday and Tuesday.
"This was not how we expect to perform," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "It was disappointing. It was tough. We have to learn from it and come out next week and play much better. We have to be a more consistent team. We can't be great one week and then underperform the next week. That won't get the job done."
Junior Travis Wilmore was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs during the 54-hole event, finishing in a tie for 17th place with a three-round total of 219 (74-73-72).
"I had a really solid week after two rough starts to this spring," Wilmore said. "I had four three-putts for the week and that was the difference between a top five finish and tied for 17th. It was a confidence boost for me personally this week, but I'm looking forward to a great team week at our home event."
"I struggled greatly on the greens this week, probably one of the worst weeks of putting I've had in the United States," Lange said. "The wind played a vital role out there, and it made the conditions adverse. Not a great performance this tournament, but we'll recover and will show our metal in the home event next week."
"Obviously, it was a tough tournament for the team, and myself personally," Forgan said. "But I know the team has enough character to bounce back for our home event next week."
Junior Jack Lempke tied for 71st at the event after shooting a three-round total of 19-over-par 235 (79-78-78).
"Personally, I struggled in the wind," Lempke said. "It exposed the weaknesses in my game. And once you got over par at this event, it was difficult to recover in the wind. The golf course was fair just challenging, and I struggled badly. It was a tough week, but nothing we can't overcome. We are looking forward to having a great week at the home tournament."
Freshman Ben Robinson finished in 84th place with a total of 255 (91-84-80).
"(There isn't) a lot to be said about my week," Robinson said. "I've got some work to do, but I think we can bounce back at Squire Creek, and hopefully get the first team win of the year."
Freshman Brandon Newton, playing as an individual in the event, finished in 78th place with a total of 238 (78-80-80).
LSU's Zach Wright, playing as an individual, won the event with a three-round total of seven-under-par 209.
Illinois won the team competition with a three-round total of two-over-par 866 followed by LSU (874), Houston (876), Tulsa (877), Kent State (877), Kansas (881), Southeastern Louisiana (885), South Alabama (886), Memphis (898), UL-Lafayette (899), Texas State (910), Southern Miss (911), UTSA (913) and LA Tech (914).
The Bulldogs will host the 2013 Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club Monday and Tuesday as the 54-hole event will feature 12 teams.