Men's Golf Ties for Fourth at The Valspar
PALM CITY, Fla. – Tuesday’s final round at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational saw LSU sophomore Sam Burns earn his 10th-straight top-10 finish in 10 tournament starts this season as he matched his 2-under par round of 69 from Monday’s second round to finish even-par for the week in a tie for fourth place on the final leaderboard.
Burns was among three Tigers in the lineup to break par in the final round as sophomore Luis Gagne also fired a 2-under 69 and senior Eric Ricard added a 1-under 70 to lead the Tigers into a tie for fourth place overall in the standings with a team score of 5-under 279 on the day and 12-over 864 for the championship.
After opening play Tuesday in a tie for sixth place after 36 holes, LSU climbed two spots up the standings with their 5-under 279 and tied the Texas Longhorns for fourth place in the field of 14 teams.
Despite finishing with a 4-over 288 in the final round, Wake Forest held on for a one-shot victory over Georgia Tech while being crowned this year’s champion with the low score in the field at 7-over par 859. The Yellow Jackets nearly caught their ACC rivals as they turned in a 6-under 278 on the day to move from third to second in the final standings. Oklahoma State placed third overall at 9-over par 861 for the championship.
Burns teed off Tuesday morning one shot outside the Top 10 of the leaderboard in a tie for 11th place, but cracked the Top 5 in the end with his second-straight round of 2-under 69 to lead the way for the Tigers.
Burns got off to another fast start for the second-straight day as he quickly dropped to 2-under par for the final round with birdies at the par-four third and par-four sixth holes, but gave both shots back with bogeys at the par-four ninth and par-four 10th holes on either side of the turn. He took advantage of both par-fives on the back nine while making birdie at Nos. 13 and 15 to close with a 2-under 69.
The nation’s No. 1-ranked player continued his streak of top-10 finishes with his 10th-straight at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational as he also picked up his sixth top-five finish in that span. Burns finished just two back of claiming his fourth win of the season as Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci was crowned the individual champion with his winning score of 2-under 211.
Gagne Cracks Top 20
Gagne matched Burns with a 2-under 69 on the day to climb 23 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 20th place at 5-over par for the week. Gagne actually sat at 4-under par with just two holes to play thanks to birdies at the par-three eighth, par-four 11th, par-five 13th and par-five 15th holes, but finished bogey-bogey at Nos. 17 and 18 for a score of 69 in the final round.
It marked the eighth top-20 finish in Gagne’s 10 tournament appearances this season as he played the final 36 holes at even-par after opening the event on Sunday with a 5-over par round of 76 in the first round.
Ricard climbed into a tie for 29th place in the final standings thanks to his 1-under 70 as he finished the championship with a 54-hole score of 7-over par 220. Freshman Philip Barbaree rounded out the counting scores at even-par 71 for the day and 6-over par 219 for the week to finish in a tie for 25th place. Senior Brandon Pierce tied for 51st place at the close of play Tuesday with his final score of 12-over 225.
Sophomore Nathan Jeansonne rebounded nicely from an opening-round 80 on Sunday by carding consecutive rounds of 1-over 72 on Monday and 1-under 70 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 40th place while competing as an individual.
The Tigers will take the weekend off before wrapping up their regular season April 1-2 at the Aggie Invitational being held at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. They then make their annual trip to Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, for the 2017 SEC Men’s Golf Championships being held April 21-24 at the Seaside Course.
VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL – FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 852)
1. Wake Forest 291-280-288 – 859 +7; 2. Georgia Tech 301-281-278 – 860 +8; 3. Oklahoma State 302-280-279 – 861 +9; T4. LSU 297-288-279 – 864 +12; T4. Texas 295-293-276 – 864 +12; 6. Texas A&M 288-295-284 – 867 +15; 7. North Texas 292-293-286 – 871 +19; 8. South Carolina 300-287-287 – 874 +22; 9. Houston 295-285-295 – 875 +23; T10. Florida State 303-287-287 – 877 +25; T10. Arkansas 303-291-283 – 877 +25; 12. Minnesota 304-288-295 – 887 +35; 13. South Florida 300-296-295 – 891 +39; 14. Memphis 308-300-297 – 905 +53.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 213)
1. Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech, 73-69-69 – 211 -2; T2. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 71-70-71 – 212 -1; T2. Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest, 70-72-70 – 212 -1; T4. Sam Burns, LSU, 75-69-69 – 213 E; T4. Doug Ghim, Texas, 75-73-65 – 213 E; T4. Thomas Rosenmueller, North Texas, 69-71-73 – 213 E; T4. Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State, 70-71-72 – 213 E; T4. Eric Bae, Wake Forest, 73-67-73 – 213 E; T4. Rigel Fernandes, South Florida, 71-72-70 – 213 E; T10. Keenan Huskey, South Carolina, 72-72-70 – 214 +1; T10. Zachary Olsen, Oklahoma State, 75-68-71 – 214 +1.
T4. Sam Burns, 75-69-69 – 213 E
T20. Luis Gagne, 76-73-69 – 218 +5
T25. Philip Barbaree, 75-73-71 – 219 +6
T29. Eric Ricard, 74-76-70 – 220 +7
T40. Nathan Jeansonne, 80-72-70 – 222 +9*
T51. Brandon Pierce, 73-73-79 – 225 +12
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.