April 10, 2011
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Sam Forgan shot an opening round 70 while Clinton Shepard and Jack Lempke each shot even par 72 as Louisiana Tech holds a six stroke lead over Southeastern Louisiana and UL-Lafayette after the first round of the Jim West Intercollegiate hosted by Texas State.
Jonathan Bale added a one-over-par 73 while Cody Santone shot a 75 as the Bulldogs recorded a one-under-par team total of 287 - six strokes better than both the Lions and the Ragin Cajuns.
Head coach Jeff Parks club got off to a red-hot start shooting 11-under-par on the front nine before winds picked up and conditions became more of a challenge.
"We got off to a great start today with the guys combining for three birdies and two eagles on the first hole of the event," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "We gave up a few shots on the back nine as the wind was blowing extremely hard. When you count four scores a day, a six stroke lead can come and go quickly.
"I'm proud of the way we played today and look forward to the next two rounds. Having all five guys in the top 25 and three in the top six is great momentum for us heading into tomorrow."
Tech (287) leads the 15-team field followed by Southeastern (293), UL-Lafayette (293), Stephen F. Austin (297), UTSA (298), Texas State (299), College of Charleston (300), Texas Arlington (302), South Alabama (303), Sam Houston State (305), Houston-Victoria (308), Houston Baptist (311), McNeese State (311), Houston (314) and Cal State Fullerton (316).
Forgan sits in a tie for third among the 84 competitors at the event while Shepard and Lempke are tied for sixth place. Bale is tied for 11th while Santone is tied for 24th as all five Tech golfers are in the Top 25 after 18 holes of the 54-hole event.
Texas Arlington's Wes Worster leads the individual competition after an opening round four-under-par 68.
The event will continue Monday with 18 holes before wrapping up with Tuesday's final round.