Nathan Jeansonne earns his 4th career top-10 finish for the Tigers!
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Jeansonne Leads Men's Golf to Fourth in Georgia

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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ROCKY FACE, Ga. – Junior Nathan Jeansonne improved his score by a stroke for a second-straight day when he fired a 3-under par 69 in Sunday’s final round to lead the No. 7-ranked LSU Men’s Golf team to a fourth-place team finish in its fall opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic held at The Farm Golf Club.

Fueled by an impressive seven birdies in his final round, Jeansonne cracked the Top 10 of the leaderboard in the opening event of his junior season as he finished at 6-under par 210 to tie Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree for seventh place while finishing five shots off the top spot.

It marked the third-straight season and fourth time in their seven appearances since 2011 in which the Tigers opened their fall season with a fourth-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.

LSU broke par for the second-straight day as it ended the weekend with a team score of 3-under par 285 on Sunday for a 54-hole score of 4-under 860. No. 18-ranked Georgia Tech edged No. 19-ranked Alabama for its eighth win all-time at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic as the Yellow Jackets won a one-hole, sudden-death playoff after the two teams finished with matching scores of 14-under par 850.

No. 13-ranked Auburn trailed four shots back in third place at 10-under 854, while No. 10-ranked Florida and Tennessee rounded out the Top 5 of the final team standings in a tie for fifth place at 2-under par 862. While leading after each of the first two rounds, the Gators dropped back into a tie for fifth place with a final-round score of 4-over 292.

Jeansonne Earns Top 10

Jeansonne wasted no time in earning his first top-10 individual finish of his junior season by tying for seventh place as he finished among the Top 10 of the leaderboard for the fourth time in his collegiate career.

After opening the championship with a 1-under 71 on Friday and 2-under 70 on Saturday, the Shreveport native shaved a shot off his score once again with a 3-under 69 for his best effort of the weekend. Jeansonne turned at 1-under for his round before falling back to even-par with a bogey at the par-four 10th hole. He then dropped as low as 4-under par for the day with four birdies in five holes as Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 15 before he settled at 3-under 69 in the final round and 6-under par for the tournament.

Jeansonne finished five shots back of Florida’s wire-to-wire winner Alejandro Tosti as the Gator standout closed out the win with a solid 1-under 71 in the final round and three-day total of 11-under 205.

Sophomore Philip Barbaree matched Jeansonne with the team’s lowest score of the day as he finished in red figures for the first time with a 69 of his own thanks to four birdies and an eagle 2 at the par-four sixth hole. That moved Barbaree 17 spots up the final leaderboard into a tie for 41st place with a final score of 5-over par 221 in his fall opener.

Gagne Grabs Top 20

After teeing off in Sunday’s finale in a tie for eighth place individually, junior All-American Luis Gagne tied for 15th place in his season debut with a final score of 1-under 215 for the event. Gagne, who posted the team’s lowest round of the weekend with a 5-under 67 on Saturday, counted a 3-over 75 for the Tigers in the third round to follow Jeansonne in the final individual standings.

Freshman Jacob Bergeron counted each of his three scores in his collegiate debut as he posted an even-par round of 72 for the second-straight day en route to a 1-over 217 to tie for 24th place in his first 54 holes at LSU this semester. He opened with a 1-over 73 in the first round on Friday. Fellow freshman Trey Winstead tied for 70th place in his LSU debut with a final score of 14-over par 230.

Next Up

With their 2017 fall season now underway, the Tigers will be back in action Sept. 22-24 when they travel to Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, to defend their team title at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. They are set to host their annual David Toms Intercollegiate event Oct. 7-8 as fans are invited to come out and support their Tigers at the University Club in Baton Rouge.

29TH-ANNUAL CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Georgia Tech 287-284-279 – 850 -14; 2. Alabama 294-277-279 – 850 -14; 3. Auburn 289-286-279 – 854 -10; 4. LSU 292-283-285 – 860 -4; T5. Florida 281-289-292 – 862 -2; T5. Tennessee 282-290-290 – 862 -2; 7. Clemson 295-282-286 – 863 -1; 8. South Carolina 292-290-283 – 865 +1; 9. California 296-281-291 – 868 +4; 10. North Florida 294-282-293 – 869 +5; 11. Kennesaw State 298-293-283 – 874 +10; 12. Dalton State 293-295-292 – 880 +16; 13. Chattanooga 314-290-288 – 892 +28; 14. Virginia 303-297-303 – 903 +39; 15. Troy 308-302-304 – 914 +50.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Alejandro Tosti, Florida, 66-68-71 – 205 -11; 2. Bryson Nimmer, Clemson, 73-65-69 – 207 -9; T3. Phillip Knowles, North Florida, 73-66-70 – 209 -7; T3. Trace Crowe, Auburn, 69-68-72 – 209 -7; T3. Davis Riley, Alabama, 73-69-67 – 209 -7; T3. Turk Pettit, Clemson, 70-69-70 – 209 -7; T7. Nathan Jeansonne, LSU, 71-70-69 – 210 -6; T7. Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech, 69-68-73 – 210 -6; T9. Kaiwen Liu, California, 73-68-70 – 211 -5; T9. Lorenzo Scalise, Tennessee, 68-68-75 – 211 -5; T9. Lee Hodges, Alabama, 74-67-70 – 211 -5.

LSU SCORES
T7. Nathan Jeansonne, 71-70-69 – 210 -6
T15. Luis Gagne, 73-67-75 – 215 -1
T24. Jacob Bergeron, 73-72-72 – 217 +1
T41. Philip Barbaree, 75-77-69 – 221 +5
T70. Trey Winstead, 76-74-80 – 230 +14

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