Lady Cards win SLC golf title

Lady Cardinal golf team

The Lamar Lady Cardinals golf team fired a three-round score of 892 to win the 2015 Southland Conference title and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

Lamar defeated Central Arkansas by nine strokes. The victory was a piece of Southland Conference history as the Lamar women became the first program in conference history to win the title three years in a row.

LU had to rally as they were behind six strokes on Day 1, and 12 behind just five holes into the second round.

Sophomore Wenny Chang just missed individual medalist honors and was one of four Lady Cardinals on the individual leaderboard’s Top 10, falling in a one-hole playoff to Stephen F. Austin’s Jessica White. Chang sank a 20-foot putt on 18 to force the playoff, only to have the roles reversed in the playoff when White sank a 30-foot putt to win the individual title.

Chang took runner-up honors after firing a three-under 69 in the final round on the par-72 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney. Kelly Erasmus earned all-tournament honors along with Chang as she tied for fourth with a 223.

Other Lady Cardinal players were junior Taylor Stockton (7th, 225) and sophomore Bertille Dupont (T24, 235); senior Nghi Ngo, who became the only player in SLC history to be a part of three championships, tied for 8th with a 227

LU will next compete May 7-9 at the NCAA Regionals at a site yet to be determined. 

LU baseball to host players reunion this weekend

The Lamar University Baseball Players Association will hold its fourth annual reunion with lunch at the park, player recognitions, and a banquet on Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26. As part of the festivities, LU will play Incarnate Word this weekend with game times set at 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The festivities are for all former Lamar baseball players, coaches, managers and trainers, and the 1986-91 teams and Southland Conference selections will be honored.

The festivities include golf on the Friday, lunch at the park and player recognitions during the game on Saturday, and the reunion banquet later that evening at 7 p.m. at the MCM Eleganté. Teams being honored with have their meals paid for by the Players Association. Cost is $35 for adults and $12 for children.

The 1986-91 teams competed in three different conferences and made a regional appearance in 1987 after being the Southland Zone Champion. They accomplished several amazing feats including a combined no-hitter from Gino Trevino and Chris Cordoza against St. Francis in 1989 and the selection of 12 players to All-Conference teams.

The 1986 season ended up being head coach Jim Gilligan’s last with the Cardinals before he went to coach and manage in the professional leagues in Salt Lake City. Junior Lemons, Sal Lostrappo, John Dipillo and Eric Stone all earned Southland Conference recognition as the Cards recorded a 33-23 record.

The 1987 season began with David Perkins taking the reins, resulting in a 40-19 record and an NCAA Regional appearance. The Cardinals placed five players on All-Southland Conference teams: MLB player Beau Allred, Richard Barnwell, David Poss, Brad Pemberton and Joey Alexander.

The 1988 squad began the short American South Conference era for Lamar that concluded in 1990. The 1989 and ’91 teams saw three players earn All-American South Conference honors — Bobby Strother and current Cleveland Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh in 1989, and Rodney Scroggs in 1991.

For more information, call Corey Troxell at (409) 880-8327.

Softball

The Lady Cards had their three-game conference home games with Central Arkansas canceled last weekend due to inclement weather, and they will not be made up.

LU played Alcorn State in a non-conference game on April 22 and will get back into conference play with a three-game road trip at McNeese State on April 24 (6 p.m.) and a double-header on April 25 (1 p.m.).

LU will play their final non-conference games of the year as they travel to Houston on Wednesday, April 29, to play the University of Houston for two games beginning at 4 p.m.

Men’s tennis

After a perfect week in singles and doubles from the top court, Lamar men’s tennis sophomore Nikita Lis was named as the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.

Lis led the Cardinals (12-10, 4-1 Southland Conference) to a second place finish in the conference for the first time since 1982 with wins over Nicholls State, 4-1, and New Orleans, 6-1. UNO claimed the three seed and will take on Lamar in the league tournament on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in Beaumont.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be the No. 1 seed and play No. 4 Nicholls. The two winners will meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Family Tennis Center for not only the SLC title, but a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

It was the second time this season that Lis won the weekly honor. He was the first league player of the week on Jan. 20. 

The Kaliningrad, Russia, native won his first match of the over Nicholls’ Partha Adavelly 6-1, 6-4, and teamed with Jeandre Hoogenboezem to take down Kieran Cronin and Bernard Wezeman, 8-5. Just one day later, he defeated Timo Kranz in straight sets- 6-1, 7-5- from New Orleans. Again, he and Hoogenboezem, who were undefeated as a duo on the year, claimed an 8-4 over Kranz and Romain Lefevre.

Lamar will also host the SLC Women’s Tournament beginning April 24 at 11 a.m., but the Lady Cards failed to qualify. 

 

— Compiled by

Chad Cooper

shadow