Golf Opens 2013-14 Season at Golfweek Conference Challenge



Sept. 14, 2013

BURLINGTON, Iowa - Louisiana Tech’s men’s golf team will open the 2013-14 season Sunday as the Bulldogs were invited as the representative from Conference USA for the fifth annual Golfweek Conference Challenge.

The Golfweek Conference Challenge is being held at a neutral site for the fourth consecutive year with the University of Iowa serving as host school. LA Tech’s line-up for the first tournament of the season includes Victor Lange, John Lewis Sams, Travis Wilmore, Ben Robinson and Chuck Spears.

“I am excited to travel with these five guys,” head coach Jeff Parks said. “They all played very well in qualifying. Victor [Lange] shot 7-under-par to win our qualifier and true freshman John Lewis [Sams] took second, shooting 2-under-par.  Travis [Wilmore] also played well with a 68 in the second round while Ben [Robinson] and Chuck [Spears] both posted their final rounds under par. This is one of the strongest fields that we are headed to this year.”

The Bulldogs enter the event ranked 13th out of 15 teams representing 15 different conferences according to the 2013 final team rankings by Golfweek. New Mexico is the top-ranked team in the field finishing last season ranked fifth while LSU will represent the Southeastern Conference ranked 22nd. Louisiana Tech finished the 2013 campaign ranked 102nd. Overall, the challenging tournament field has nine teams ranked in the top 68 last year.



Louisiana Tech was invited to represent Conference USA in the program’s first year as a member of the league.

Live results for the tournament can be found at

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Golfweek Conference Challenge Tournament Field                    

Team                                    Conference                       2012-13 Final Ranking
New Mexico                   Mountain West            5th
LSU                              Southeastern              22nd
Oklahoma                     Big 12                       24th
Houston                        American                   25th
Virginia Tech                  Atlantic Coast            35th
Chattanooga                  Southern                   49th
Iowa                             Big Ten                     57th
Ball State                      Mid-American             64th
Arizona                         Pac-12                      68th
Central Arkansas           Southland                  84th
Winthrop                       Big South                  89th
Jacksonville State           Ohio Valley               97th
Louisiana Tech               Conference USA        102nd
Texas State                   Sun Belt                   118th
Florida Gulf Coast           Atlantic Sun              146th