Barbaree Fires Course Record, Qualifies for U.S. Am
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE – LSU freshman Philip Barbaree opened Thursday’s U.S. Amateur qualifier at Texas Star Golf Course with a course record 8-under par 63 in the opening round before closing out medalist honors with a 1-under 70 in the afternoon and final score of 9-under 133 in the 36-hole event held in Euless, Texas.
Barbaree was in cruise control after an opening-round 63 that saw him write seven birdies and one eagle on his scorecard to match the course record at the newly-renovated Texas Star Golf Course.
The sophomore-to-be scored the comfortable victory with his round of 70 in the afternoon to lock up his spot in the field for the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship being held Aug. 14-20 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Barbaree is the third LSU Tiger to book his trip to the U.S. Amateur as Sam Burns, the 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year, and Luis Gagne, a U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist in 2016, are already exempt.
“It means so much to be back in the U.S. Am and historic Riviera,” Barbaree said to Roy Lang III reporting for The Shreveport Times. “It will be a great way to end the summer before heading back to Baton Rouge. After being exempt for the U.S. Amateur for the past two years, it was hard to go back to qualifying. I had one of my best rounds of the year when I needed it most.”
Barbaree has enjoyed tremendous success in United States Golf Association sanctioned events during his young career as he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship after his junior season at C.E. Byrd High School.