Luis Gagne broke par for the first time at this year's NCAA Championships with a round of 70 (-2)!
Tim Cowie

Men's Golf Makes 54-Hole Cut at NCAAs

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Sophomore Luis Gagne fired his lowest round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships with a 2-under par 70 in Sunday's third round as LSU made the 54-hole cut in stroke play with the field cut in half to the top-15 teams on the leaderboard in the event at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club.

Freshman Philip Barbaree added his second-straight round in red figures with a 1-under 71 to lead the Tigers to a team score of 2-over 290 for 10th place overall at 6-under par 858 through 54 holes.

Sunday saw the first cut of the championship as the field was halved from 30 teams to start the event to the Top 15 advancing to a final round of stroke-play qualifying on Monday. The field will be cut again to the eight teams advancing to match play after 72 holes with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds set for Tuesday and the NCAA Championship Match following on Wednesday.

The Tigers will tee off Monday morning three shots outside the qualifying positions for the “Match Play Eight” as Baylor and Virginia currently take up the last two spots in a tie for seventh place at 9-under 855.

SEC Champion Vanderbilt headlines the current Top 8 of the team standings with a 54-hole score of 18-under par 846, including the lowest team score in Sunday's third round at 8-under par 280. Following just one shot back in a tie for second place are Oklahoma, UNLV and Southern California at 17-under par. Illinois follows in fifth at 14-under par with Oklahoma State rounding out the Top 8 in sixth at 12-under par.

Rounding out the teams making the cut in order of place are Auburn in ninth place at 8-under par, Texas in 11th place at 5-under par, Florida State in 12th place at 4-under par, defending national champion Oregon in 13th place at 1-over par, Pepperdine in 14th place at 5-over par and Central Florida in 15th place at 7-over par through 54 holes.

The Tigers will tee off in the second wave off the back nine in the final round of stroke-play qualifying beginning at 12:20 p.m. CDT as they are paired with Texas and Florida State in their final push for match play.

Barbaree wrapped up Sunday's third round as the top Tiger on the leaderboard as he carded his second-straight round under par with a 1-under 71 after firing a season-low round of 4-under 68 in the second round. He holed out Sunday tied for 24th place individually with a 54-hole score of 3-under par 213.

Gagne catapulted himself 34 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 59th place with a three-day total of 2-over 218. He broke par for the first time with a team-leading 2-under 70 in the third round after posting scores at 1-over 73 in the first round and 3-over 75 in the second round. Gagne carded five birdies and three bogeys in his third round to finish with the team's low round of the day.

Senior Brandon Pierce and sophomore Sam Burns tied one another for 36th place with matching scores of 1-under par 215 through 54 holes as Pierce carded a counting score of 2-over 74 and Burns added a 3-over 75 on the day. Senior Eric Ricard equaled Burns' effort with a 3-over 75 to finish the day in a tie for 85th place individually at 6-over par 222 for the championship.

Scottie Scheffler of Texas continues to lead the race for the NCAA individual title as he posted a third-straight round of 4-under 68 for a leading 12-under par 204. Ole Miss' Braden Thornberry ended play Sunday staring at a two-shot deficit at 10-under par for the tournament.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – THIRD ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Vanderbilt 278-288-280 – 846 -18; T2. Oklahoma 284-279-284 – 847 -17; T2. UNLV 283-279-285 – 847 -17; T2. Southern California 284-283-280 – 847 -17; 5. Illinois 282-283-285 – 850 -14; 6. Oklahoma State 282-287-283 – 852 -12; T7. Baylor 288-280-287 – 855 -9; T7. Virginia 288-283-284 – 855 -9; 9. Auburn 282-284-290 – 856 -8; 10. LSU 291-277-290 – 858 -6; 11. Texas 293-283-283 – 859 -5; 12. Florida State 289-285-286 – 860 -4; 13. Oregon 294-282-289 – 865 +1; 14. Pepperdine 289-293-287 – 869 +5; 15. Central Florida 294-284-293 – 871 +7; 16. Arizona State 290-293-289 – 872 +8; 17. Alabama 287-293-293 – 873 +9; T18. Iowa State 293-285-297 – 875 +11; T18. North Carolina 293-287-295 – 875 +11; 20. Stanford 293-287-299 – 879 +15; 21. Kent State 289-293-299 – 881 +17; T22. Duke 298-292-298 – 888 +24; T22. Ole Miss 287-299-302 – 888 +24; T24. Penn State 301-294-296 – 891 +27; T24. Lipscomb 300-291-300 – 891 +27; T26. Jacksonville 294-296-302 – 892 +28; T26. New Mexico 297-295-300 – 892 +28; 28. Purdue 298-295-309 – 902 +38; 29. Kennesaw State 297-300-307 – 904 +40; 30. Clemson 313-285-307 – 905 +41.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Scottie Scheffler, Texas, 68-68-68 – 204 -12; 2. Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss, 66-71-69 – 206 -10; T3. Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt, 67-70-70 – 207 -9; T3. Dylan Meyer, Illinois, 71-67-69 – 207 -9; T5. Rico Hoey, Southern California, 74-68-66 – 208 -8; T5. Kyler Tate, Central Florida, 73-66-69 – 208 -8; T7. Max McGreevy, Oklahoma, 69-72-68 – 209 -7; T7. Jimmy Stanger, Virginia, 70-71-68 – 209 -7; T7. Justin Suh, Southern California, 67-70-72 – 209 -7; T10. John Oda, UNLV, 69-69-72 – 210 -6; T10. Shintaro Ban, UNLV, 70-68-72 – 210 -6; T10. Harry Ellis, Florida State, 72-66-72 – 210 -6; T10. Matthew Perrine, Baylor, 72-67-71 – 210 -6; T10. Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State, 68-74-68 – 210 -6; T10. Thomas Walsh, Virginia, 74-69-67 – 210 -6; T10. Mason Overstreet, Arkansas, 70-68-72 – 210 -6.

LSU SCORES
T24. Philip Barbaree, 74-68-71 – 213 -3
T36. Sam Burns, 71-69-75 – 215 -1
T36. Brandon Pierce, 73-68-74 – 215 -1
T59. Luis Gagne, 73-75-70 – 218 +2
T85. Eric Ricard, 75-72-75 – 222 +6

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