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Lange selected to NCAA Regionals

May 8, 2014

 

Sophomore Victor Lange was the first Bulldog in history to receive a bid to the NCAA Regionals tournament. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

Sophomore Victor Lange was the first Bulldog in history to receive a bid to the NCAA Regionals tournament. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

 

JARED KING
Staff Reporter

 

Louisiana Tech history was made Monday as sophomore Victor Lange became the first golfer in school history to receive a bid to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Lange will compete at the San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club May 15-17.

 
Lange, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, is one of 10 individuals selected for the tournament, along with 13 teams. The top five teams and top individual not on those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.

 
“I am very excited,” Lange said. “It is very cool to see my name on the Golf Channel. It is obviously fantastic to make school history, and it is what I came here to do. I am excited to go to Briggs Ranch and do my best but don’t intend to stop at regionals – I want to keep playing this season. I am absolutely ecstatic and I couldn’t be happier.”

 
Tech golf coach Jeff Parks, who is leaving at the end of the season, said Lange’s selection is a testament to his work ethic.

 
“Victor (Lange) is an incredible person, an extremely hard worker and one of the most confident people I have ever met,” Parks said. “With the timing, knowing this is my last season as coach, this is a blessing.”

 
If the season ended today, Lange’s average score of 72.8 per round would mark the best season scoring average in school history. He leads the team with 14 rounds played this season where he shot par or better.

 
Lange has played a tournament at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club once this year. In that tournament, he shot 4-over-par and finished tied for 30th. Parks scheduled that tournament with the NCAA Regionals in mind.

 
“In scheduling, there is a method to the madness,” Parks said. “I scheduled that event for our team with the NCAA Regionals in mind, knowing it was one of the six sites and it paid off. I believe this is a huge advantage for Victor (Lange) to have played three competitive rounds and a practice round. He will have a good comfort level there having already played and course, trees and grasses will be an advantage for him than if he had been sent to any other site.”

 
This season, Lange has recorded three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. He tied for fourth place at the Conference USA Championship, where he shot 3-over-par. His current ranking of No. 171 in the country is the highest he has been ranked in his career.

 
On Tuesday, C-USA recognized Lange for his outstanding season by placing him on the C-USA all-conference second team. This marks the second consecutive season Lange has received all-conference honors after receiving first team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last season.

 
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