Tech Golfers Open Fall Season in Hattiesburg


ATTIESBURG - Louisiana Tech will open the fall portion of its 2012-13 golf schedule when Jeff Parks and the Bulldog golfers travel to compete in the 15-team Sam Hall Intercollegiate hosted by Southern Mississippi at the Hattiesburg Country Club Monday and Tuesday.

The two-day event will include a practice round on Sunday prior to 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. It will be played on the 6,882-yard, par 71 golf course and live stats will be available through and results will be emailed to each school at the end of each day.

The event is named for former Southern Miss golfer and coach, Sam Hall, who lettered at the school from 1955 to 1958, and later coached the program on two separate occasions. Hall won more than 300 golf tournaments as an amateur.

Coming off its best season in two decades - the Bulldogs finished ranked in the Top 80 in the country and barely missed out on the program's first NCAA regional bid in program history - Tech is looking to take the next step despite losing four seniors to graduation.

"It's time for the next guy to step up," Parks said. "Last year we were really deep and it was a tough decision at times to see who competed. It allowed a lot of guys to get experience. I know we have guys who can step in and perform. Sam (Forgan) is our only senior and the captain. Jack (Lempke) and Travis (Wilmore) have prepared."

Parks said that he hopes to take six student-athletes to the event, including three true freshmen in Victor Lange, Patrick Newton and Ben Robinson.

"We have three talented freshmen," Parks said. "I'm excited to see them perform. (Ben and Victor) have played all over the world. It will be the college experience more than anything that all three guys have to adjust to. From a golf standpoint, I'm not worried. I think they will be fine. The unexpected will be the toughest part for them."

The event is one of four that the Bulldogs will compete in during the fall season. Tech will host the Squire Creek Invitational Oct. 1 and 2 and then will travel to participate in the David Toms Intercollegiate Oct. 6 and 7 and the Pinetree Intercollegiate Oct. 22 and 23.