Men's Golf Opens Valspar in Sixth Place
PALM CITY, Fla. – The fifth-ranked LSU Tigers opened the Valspar Collegiate Invitational with a team score of 13-over par 297 to sit in sixth place among the field of 14 teams as senior Brandon Pierce led the way with his 2-over 73 and senior Eric Ricard followed with a 3-over 74 during Sunday’s first round at Floridian Golf Club.
The Tigers finished Sunday’s play nine shots off the pace set by Texas A&M as the Aggies posted a 4-over par 288 to take an early three-shot lead over Wake Forest in second place at 7-over par 291.
Pierce’s opening-round 73 tied him for 15th place on the leaderboard as the leading Tiger on the day. After teeing off on the par-five fifth hole with Sunday afternoon’s shotgun start, Pierce twice dipped to 2-under par for his round with birdies at the par-three eighth and par-four 11th holes. A bogey-double bogey-bogey stretch on holes Nos. 15-17 moved Pierce to 2-over par where he finished the afternoon after trading a bogey on the par-four third hole with a birdie at the par-three fourth hole.
Ricard followed his teammate in a tie for 21st place individually with his 3-over 74, while sophomore Sam Burns and freshman Philip Barbaree added counting scores of 4-over par 75 to tie one another for 27th place with Sunday’s opening round. Sophomore Luis Gagne rounded out the lineup with a 5-over 76 to tie for 39th place, and sophomore Nathan Jeansonne carded an 8-over 80 as an individual.
North Texas’ Cory Churchman closed out Sunday’s round at the top of the leaderboard with a 3-under 68 to lead North Texas teammate Thomas Rosenmueller and Houston’s Papito Gonzalez by one shot.
The Tigers are paired with Texas and Houston in Monday’s second round as they will tee off in the first wave on the front nine beginning at 8 a.m. CDT. Pairings in Tuesday’s final round will be determined following the conclusion of play on Monday afternoon. Golfstat will provide live scoring of the second round as fans can follow the Tigers in action at http://www.golfstat.com.
VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 284)
1. Texas A&M 288 +4; 2. Wake Forest 291 +7; 3. North Texas 292 +8; T4. Texas 295 +11; T4. Houston 295 +11; 6. LSU 297 +13; T7. South Florida 300 +16; T7. South Carolina 300 +16; 9. Georgia Tech 301 +17; 10. Oklahoma State 302 +18; T11. Florida State 303 +19; T11. Arkansas 303 +19; 13. Minnesota 304 +20; 14. Memphis 308 +24.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 71)
1. Cory Churchman, North Texas, 68 -3; T2. Thomas Rosenmueller, North Texas, 69 -2; T2. Papito Gonzalez, Houston, 69 -2; T4. Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State, 70 -1; T4. Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest, 70 -1; T4. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M, 70 -1; T4. Andrew Paysse, Texas A&M, 70 -1; T4. Runar Arnorsson, Minnesota, 70 -1; T9. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 71 E; T9. Rigel Fernandes, South Florida, 71 E.
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.