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Lange leads Tech golf to victory

September 19, 2014
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Louisiana Tech golfers Victor Lange and Ben Robinson each went 1-under-par over the final three holes with Lange shooting a birdie on the final hole of the tournament to propel Tech over host Memphis to claim the team championship at the Memphis Intercollegiate Tuesday.

 

The Bulldogs entered the final round and spent most of the day trailing Memphis by one stroke, but the Bulldogs pulled even as Chuck Spears hit an even-par on holes 16-18 while Memphis’ Cory Gaylord bogeyed the par-5 hole 18. Earlier in the day, Spears hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 hole 5.

 

That set up Lange and Robinson to combine for 2-under-par over the final three holes to give the Bulldogs the two-stroke advantage to clinch the win, marking LA Tech’s first team tournament title since claiming the Jim West Intercollegiate title on April 11, 2011.

 

“I think today shows what I really thought about our guys coming into the season: that they can handle pressure and not be afraid of the moment. They showed that today,” said Tech head coach Jeff Jenkins. Tech’s team score of 871 (283-293-295=871, 7-over-par) is the best team score at the Memphis Intercollegiate since Louisville shot 857 to claim the team title in 2006 and is the fourth-best team score in tournament history.

 

Lange was tied for the individual lead entering the last round of play, finishing second overall after shooting an even-par 72 Tuesday. A native of South Africa, Lange finished with a three round score of 212 (68-72-72=212). Mississippi State’s Ben Wood edged Lange by one stroke for the tournament’s individual title. 

 

 “Victor had a great drive off of the tee on 18, which is a very tough, championship-caliber hole,” Jenkins said of Lange’s clinching birdie. “There is water all down the left side and he hit a perfect drive just over the pin. He chipped it downhill and almost had an eagle but tipped it in for a birdie.”

 

Robinson moved up one spot over the final round to finish tied for ninth after shooting 2-over-par Tuesday to finish 2-over-par for the tournament (72-72-74=214).

 

“Ben and Victor are the leaders on this team,” Jenkins said about the clutch performance late by the two juniors. “For them to step up and close out the win was huge.”

 

Apart from winning the team title and Lange finishing second individually, Spears’ hole-in-one was another highlight of the day with his first career ace. Spears finished tied for 24th overall as he finished the day at 3-over-par and ended the three-round tournament at 6-over-par (69-78-75=222).

 

“Right off the club I knew I had it long and I didn’t think it could come back at first,” Spears said. “It just slowly rolled back and fell in at the last moment. With the team winning the tournament, it made for a really great moment today.”

 

John Lewis Sams followed Spears with a final tournament score of 7-over-par (75-74-74=223, tied for 29th) but matched Robinson with the second-best round of the day for LA Tech as he shot 2-over-par with two birdies over the final four holes.  

 

Lange was named Conference USA golfer of the week on Tuesday after posting the best finish of any C-USA golfer at the tournament.

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