LA Tech Hosts Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Sept. 29, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech hosts the 14-team Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday at Squire Creek Country Club as the Bulldogs compete in their second event of the fall season.
The 54-hole event will include 36 holes on Monday starting with an 8 a.m. shotgun start followed by the third and final round on Tuesday morning starting at 8 a.m. Fans can follow all of the action through live stats at www.golfstat.com.
The tournament, formerly known as the Squire Creek Invitational, was renamed this year in honor of Jim Rivers - one of LA Tech's most successful golfers in the history of the Bulldog golf program who starred during the 1950s.
"I want to thank Debbie Rivers and Squire Creek for their continued support of the golf program," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. Parks and Co. will play host to Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Jacksonville State, McNeese State, Nevada, Nicholls State, Rice, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State, UMKC and UNO.
Although all seven of Tech's golfers will be competing in the event, the Bulldog team will be comprised of Sam Forgan, Travis Wilmore, Victor Lange, Ben Robinson and Chandler Vilcheck. Jack Lempke and Brandon Newton will both compete as individuals.
Tech is coming off a fourth place finish at the 15-team Sam Hall Intercollegiate hosted by Southern Mississippi two weeks ago. In that event, Lange captured the individual title shooting eight under par.
"I'm looking forward to hosting the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek," Parks said. "The guys have been preparing and are ready to compete. I know this will be a special event for Sam as a senior competing in his final home fall event. He is hitting the ball well and has the most experience of anyone on the team in this event.
"Travis has been shooting some low numbers and is very confident in his game at the moment. Victor is coming off of his first victory as a college player and is playing well enough to make it two in a row. Ben has been very steady so far since he has arrived. As a freshman, he is still learning how to navigate Squire Creek but has been doing so very well. Chandler will be representing the team for his first time and has been playing with a lot of confidence and calmness."
Louisiana Tech has captured the team title once in the eight-year history of the event as the Bulldogs won in 2010. Southern Miss is the defending team champion after capturing the 2011 title after shooting 10-under-par 254 as a team.
Fans are invited to come out and watch the action during the two-day event as Monday's action should wrap up at approximately 6 p.m. while Tuesday's final round should end at approximately 1 p.m. Golf carts will be available to fans only for Tuesday's morning round.
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate History
2004 - Texas Arlington (297-290-292=879)
2005 - Ole Miss (281-284-290=855)
2006 - Sam Houston State (281-DNP-DNP=281)
2007 - Ole Miss (282-292-286=860)
2008 - New Orleans (292-275-286=853)
2009 - New Orleans (287-280-287=854)
2010 - Louisiana Tech (297-287-290=874)
2011 - Southern Mississippi (289-281-284=854)
2004 - Casey Russell, UL-Monroe (73-70-70=213)
2005 - Zac Reeves, Texas-Arlington (67-74-70=211)
2006 - Johnny Caldwell, South Alabama (67-DNP-DNP=67)
2007 - Matthew Harvey, Louisiana Tech (74-71-64=209)
2008 - Taylor Coffman, Nevada (73-68-66=207)
2009 - Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana (68-70-72=210)
2010 - Horacio Leon, Southeastern Louisiana (72-67-69=208)
2011 - Scott Kelly, Sam Houston State (66-70-72=208)