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April 23, 2013

LU golfers fall to fourth in SLC tourney

McKinney — McKINNEY – Freshman Greg Wiggins shot a second round 75 on Tuesday to sit just

three strokes off the overall lead and help keep Lamar in contention to defend

its men’s golf title heading into the final round of the Southland Conference


As a team, the Cardinals have a two-day total of 622 after shooting a second

round 26-over-par 315 on the par-72, 7,346-yard Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.

Lamar heads into the final round 17 strokes back of tournament leader

Southeastern Louisiana, which has a two-day total of 605 (+29).

Central Arkansas, which led after round 1, fell to second at 607 (+31) and

Stephen F. Austin is third with a 620 (+44) total. Sam Houston State is nine

strokes behind the Cardinals in fifth with a 631 (+55), with Nicholls (633),

Oral Roberts (635) and McNeese State (642) rounding out the eight-team field.

Wiggins, who doesn’t have a top 20 finish this season, sits in fourth place

alone with one round to play with a 152 total. His 75 on Tuesday follows an

opening round 77 to leave him at 8-over-par for the tournament.  

Wiggins is three strokes behind a trio of players who share the lead with totals

of 149 (+5). Central Arkansas has two players at 5-over-par in James Newton and

Pep Angles, while SLU’s Rhys West shot a 76 to grab a share of the lead for

the Lions.

Erik Knudsen, Lamar’s lone returning player from last year’s conference

championship team, stands in a tie for fifth after at 9-over-par 153. Knudsen,

who opened the tournament with a 74, settled for a 79 on day two. After going

out in 38 on Tuesday, Knudsen struggled on the back 9, coming home with a 41

that included five bogeys and four pars.

Junior Stephane Dubois shot a 79 on Tuesday, recording one birdie to go along

with six bogeys and one double bogey. The Wisconsin transfer, who opened with a

78 on Monday, is tied for 19th in the 40-player field with a two-day total of

157 (+13).

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    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
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    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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