Eric Ricard finished the first round just four shots off the lead.
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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Senior All-American Eric Ricard broke par in his first round of the spring season as he carded a 1-under par 70 on the Greg Norman Course to lead the No. 4-ranked LSU Tigers in Monday’s opener at The Prestige at PGA West as he finished the day in a tie for 12th place in the 17th-annual event held at PGA West.

Ricard’s round featured four birdies and three birdies as he finished just one shot outside the Top 5 of the individual leaderboard and three shots off the lead set by Arizona State’s Jared du Toit and Stanford’s Franklin Huang with matching scores of 4-under 67 in Monday’s first round.

His performance helped the Tigers tie for seventh place at the conclusion of play as he teamed with sophomores Sam Burns and Luis Gagne and freshman Philip Barbaree to post a team score of 7-over par 291.

Stanford, led by Huang, and Pepperdine wrapped up the opening day of the championship tied atop the team standings at 3-under par 281. San Diego State was the only other team in the field to break par Monday as the Aztecs fired a 2-under 282 to sit one shot back in third place, while Oklahoma posted a 2-over 286 for fourth place and Arizona State and Iowa State rounded out the Top 5 of the team standings at 4-over 288.

Ricard’s Scorecard

Ricard dipped as low as 3-under par on the day as he carded three-straight birdies at the par-five 12th, par-three 13th and par-four 14th holes after turning at even-par for the day with a birdie at the par-four third and his first bogey of the day at the par-three seventh. Back-to-back bogeys at the par-five 16th and par-three 17th brought LSU’s All-American back to 1-under par for the day before holing out with a 70.

Burns, the No. 2-ranked player in the country in the latest Golfstat individual player rankings, canceled three birdies with four bogeys to finish the day in a tie for 24th place overall with a final score of 1-over par 72.

Gagne added a counting score of 3-over 74 to finish the day in a tie for 41st place individually, while Barbaree capped LSU’s team total with a 4-over 75 to tie for 52nd place after his debut round as a Tiger. Rounding out a five-man lineup for the Tigers was sophomore Nathan Jeansonne, who finished the day in a tie for 71st place with an opening score of 7-over 78.

Caldwell Shines

Junior Blake Caldwell arrived at PGA West with his teammates to compete in the event as an individual and finished the day among the top performers in the field in a tie for 17th place with an even-par 71.

Caldwell fired the third-lowest round of his collegiate career as he balanced three birdies with three bogeys to sit as the second-highest individual player in the field behind Stanford’s Isaiah Salinda, who shot a 2-under 69 to tie for fifth place overall. The Ponchatoula native twice reached 1-under par for his round after birdies at the par-three fourth and par-four 11th holes.

Tuesday Tee Times

After finishing Monday’s play in a tie for seventh place in the team standings, the Tigers are paired with Arizona State and a host of individuals in Tuesday’s second round as they are scheduled to tee off from the front nine beginning at 11:20 a.m. CT. Tee times will continue through 12:04 p.m. as fans can follow Golfstat’s live scoring of the event at http://www.golfstat.com.

17TH-ANNUAL PRESTIGE AT PGA WEST – FIRST ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 274)
T1. Pepperdine 281 -3; T1. Stanford 281 -3; 3. San Diego State 282 -2; 4. Oklahoma 286 +2; T5. Iowa State 288 +4; T5. Arizona State 288 +4; T7. LSU 291 +7; T7. St. Mary’s (CA) 291 +7; 9. East Tennessee State 292 +8; T10. UC-Davis 293 +9; T10. Texas Tech 293 +9; 12. San Diego 298 +14; 13. Stirling University 299 +15.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 71)
T1. Jared du Toit, Arizona State, 67 -4; T1. Franklin Huang, Stanford, 67 -4; T3. Maverick McNealy, Stanford, 68 -3; T3. PJ Samiere, San Diego State, 68 -3; T5. Jordan Sundborg, Stirling University, 69 -2; T5. Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine, 69 -2; T5. Nick Voke, Iowa State, 69 -2; T5. Roman Aragon, St. Mary’s (CA), 69 -2; T5. Ruben Sondjaja, Iowa State, 69 -2; T5. Quade Cummins, Oklahoma, 69 -2; T5. Isaiah Salinda, Stanford, 69 -2*.

LSU SCORES
T12. Eric Ricard, 70 -1
T17. Blake Caldwell, 71 E*
T24. Sam Burns, 72 +1
T41. Luis Gagne, 74 +3
T52. Philip Barbaree, 75 +4
T71. Nathan Jeansonne 78 +7

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