March 8, 2013
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team will host the 2013 Argent Financial Classic on Monday and Tuesday at Squire Creek Country Club as the event will include a total of 12 teams and 54 holes over the two days.
The tournament will begin Monday morning at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start as a total of 36 holes (two rounds) will be played on the opening day. The third and final round will start Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
Head coach Jeff Parks and Co. will host Central Arkansas, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, UL-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, Missouri State, North Texas, Southern Miss, Texas State and UALR at the 7,105 yards, par 72 home course located in Choudrant.
"We have a really strong field, including a couple of top 50 teams in LSU and North Texas," Parks said. "We will have to take care of business to stay at the top of the leaderboard."
The Bulldogs will be competing in their fourth event of the spring as Tech recorded a fourth-place finish in Houston in a star-studded field two weeks ago while also registering sub-par performances at Mobile and Lafayette.
"It's been a roller coaster ride for us this spring," Parks said. "The guys have shown they can do it. We just have to keep working and see if we can't get to the top of the roller coaster this week. Our guys are ready for this week. They don't like losing. They are athletes, and they like to compete."
Parks said that playing at home will put some added pressure on the team but it will also provide an advantage.
"We play (Squire Creek) every day," he said. "Knowing the greens and knowing how to react to different shots and situations and the conditions ... that's all an advantage. We know where the trouble is and we know where to miss. It's a definite advantage at home."
Fans can follow all of the live scoring of the event at www.golfstat.com as well as Twitter updates from @LATechGolf.