Sam Houston State Two Strokes Back Of Lamar

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HORSESHOE BAY -- Led by Stefanie Page, one of four players tied for
fourth place in the individual medalist standings, Sam Houston State stands third after the first 18 holes of the Southland Conference women's golf championship.

With a young squad that leads the SLC in stroke average and has finished in first place in three of the 10 events it has played during the 2006-07 season, the Sam Houston State women's golf team is attempting to break the strangle hold Lamar University has on the SLC's women's title.

The Cardinals have won the Southland championship three of the five years since the SLC began awarding a crown in women's golf. Lamar won in 2003 and the past two seasons. Sam Houston State was league titlist in 2004 and Texas State-San Marcos won the inaugural Southland tournament in 2002.

But Lamar leads going into the second day of action Tuesday. The Cardinals fired a 306 team total. Texas State-San Marcos is second at 307, and Sam Houston State trails by two at 308.

Therese Nilsson of Lamar leads the indiividual standings with a 71. Mary
Betancourt of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is second with a 73, and Tinna
Johannsdottir is third with a 74. Page fired a three-over 75 along with
Hillary Zeigler of Lamar, Sarah Glass of Texas State-San Marcos, and Nicole Forshner of Central Arkansas.

Other scores for Sam Houston State players included Mariana Villarreal 76 (9th), Jennifer Heinz 77 (11th), Landa Stewart 80 (18th), and Wendy Joyner 82 (25th).

The three-day, 54-hole championship is being contested on the Ram Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay , Texas . Teams tee of at 8 a.m. each day on the 5,901-yard, par-72, course.

Nilsson is the tournament's efending individual champion, returning after
being named SLC Freshman of the Year in 2006. She won last year's
championship by shooting a 227 (78-75-74) to help Lamar to a three-day total of 936.

Sam Houston State came into the event leading all SLC teams this year with a 307.21 stroke average over 29 rounds. SHSU's Stefanie Page leads all Southland golfers into the postseason with a 75.62 stroke average over 29 rounds. She has five top-10 finishes in 10 events this year and posted a season-best 71 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Spring Classic in late February.

With the addition of Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to the league this year, an all-time high eight teams will battle for the SLC crown in 2007. Just five SLC schools sponsored women's golf for the first five (2002-05) years of the sports' existence in the SLC. UTSA and
Louisiana-Monroe, which has since departed for the Sun Belt Conference, added women's golf and competed for the 2006 championship to up the number of participants to seven

Horseshoe Bend - Apple Rock Golf Club
Team Standings 1R 2R 3R Total
1 Lamar 306 306
2 TX St-San Marcos 307 307
3 SAM HOUSTON 308 308
4 TX A&M-C. Christi 309 309
5 McNeese St. 318 318
6 Central Arkansas 319 319
7 Texas-San Antonio 327 327
8 Nicholls St. 337 337

Individual Medalist 1R 2R 3R Total
1 Therese Nilsson, Lamar 71 71
2 Mary Betancourt, TAMUCC 73 73
3 Tinna Johannsdottir,McN 74 74
4 Hillary Zeigler, Lamar 75 75
4 Sarah Glass, TSU-SM 75 75
4 Stefanie Page, SHSU 75 75
4 Nicole Forshner, UCA 75 75

Sam Houston Scores 1R 2R 3R Total
4 Stefanie Page 75 75
9 Mariana Villarreal 76 76
11 Jennifer Heinz 77 77
18 Landa Stewart 80 80
25 Wendy Joyner 82 82