LU takes third in its first golf tourney of season

At the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Lamar senior Zander Gous claimed his second c

Lamar University senior Zander Gous led wire-to-wire as he cruised to a four-stroke victory at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate on Sept. 20 in Choudrant, Louisiana.

Gous, who had rounds of 64 and 72 on Day 1, posted a 1-under-par 71 on the 7,070-yard Squire Creek Country Club layout to finish at 9-under-par 207 for 54 holes, helping the Cardinals place third in their first tournament of the 2016-17 season.

It was the second career victory for Gous, who captured the James S. Litz Memorial in February. Gous opened Tuesday’s round with two consecutive birdies and finished the day with four birdies and three bogeys. Gous was at 10-under-par on the par-5 holes for the tournament.

Luis Obiols of Central Arkansas was second in the 75-player field at 5-under-par 211.

Gous wasn’t the only LU golfer to have a strong tournament. Senior Mans Berglund tied for sixth at 216. Freshman Cody Banach tied for 11th at 1-over-par 217.

As a team, Lamar finished at even-par 864 for the tournament. Louisiana-Monroe won the team crown at 9-under-par 857, four strokes of runner-up Central Arkansas and nine strokes ahead of the Cardinals in the 13-team event.

LU returns to action on when it competes at the OGIO Utah Invitational, set for Oct. 3-4 in Park City, Utah. The two-day, 54-hole event is hosted by the Utah Utes.

Women’s tennis

Senior Hanna Elfving teamed up with freshman Jasmin Buchta to win the doubles championship Sept. 17 at the Islanders Open hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Elfving and Buchta won two matches Saturday, defeating a pair of teams from the host Islanders. In the semifinals, Elfving and Buchta cruised to a 6-0 victory over Judit Vives and Jelena Dzinic before claiming a 6-3 win over Alexandra Bell and Louise Trigona in the championship match.

Women’s golf

Mother Nature proved to be too big of an opponent for Lamar University freshman Elodie Chapelet to overcome in her quest to earn medalist honors in her collegiate debut Sept. 18-19 at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational in Phoenix, Maryland.

Chapelet held a two-stroke lead over Longwood’s Courtney Tolton with two holes to play when play was suspended due to heavy rain. Tolton was already done with her round with a 36-hole total of 4-over-par 148, as were Saraid Ruiz of Bethune-Cookman and Alix Lowe of host Towson, who were in the clubhouse at 5-over-149.

After a lengthy delay, Chapelet, who was sitting at 2-over-par after 16 holes, double-bogeyed each of the final two holes in grueling conditions to finish fourth at 6-over-par 150, after an opening-round 72 on Sunday.

“It rained all day, and when Elodie came back out, she played in horrible conditions,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “It was unfair to her.”

As a team, the Cardinals placed third at 36-over-par 612, seven strokes behind host Towson and five strokes behind Bethune-Cookman in the 13-team field.

LU returns to action at the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout, scheduled for Sept. 26-27 in Tulsa, Okla.


The Lamar Cardinals fell to 0-3 on the season as they were dominated at home Sept. 17 by No. 3 Sam Houston State, 44-31, in front of announced crowd of 8,343.

The Bearkats (2-0, 1-0) built a 30-3 halftime lead and amassed 598 yards of offense and limited Lamar All-American running back Kade Harrington to just 76 yards rushing.

The Cards are off this week and will next host Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.


The Lady Cards fell to 1-7-1 on Sept. 18 after taking a 4-0 loss at LSU.

“We play teams like this to prepare us for conference play,” said coach Steve Holeman. “LSU is at a different level of speed and athleticism. We were able to work on things that we can’t replicate in practice. This will definitely make us a better team.”

Jorian Baucom had three goals for LSU, who improved to 6-4. LSU had a 31-1 advantage in shots and a 17-1 edge in corner kicks.

LU will host a pair of Southland Conference matches this weekend, beginning Friday, Sept. 23 against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Friday is Military Appreciation Night, with all active and retired military personnel receiving free admission with a valid ID.

Sunday, Sept. 25, Lamar will play Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. All youth soccer players will be admitted free if they wear their team jersey.


– Compiled by Chad Cooper