Men's Golf Moves Into Contention at Maui Jim
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The No. 7-ranked LSU Tigers will tee off in Sunday’s final round at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate just three shots off the lead in their title defense as they posted a team score of 1-under par 287 in Saturday’s second round to climb into a tie for third place at 4-over par 580 through 36 holes.
Junior Nathan Jeansonne led the Tigers with a 3-under 69 while sophomore Philip Barbaree also broke par with a 1-under 71 to move the Tigers three shots up the team standings on the second day of action.
Freshman Jacob Bergeron carded his best score of the weekend with a 1-over 73 and fellow freshman Trey Winstead added a counting score of 2-over 74 to give LSU the second-lowest team round of the day to move within three shots of Georgia Tech and Kent State tied at the top of the leaderboard with matching 36-hole scores of 1-over par 577.
The Tigers, who won last year’s Maui Jim Intercollegiate team title with a school-record score of 41-under par, ended the day in a three-way tie for third place with Arizona State and Lipscomb at 4-over par.
Barbaree Breaks Into Top 10
Barbaree was steady for the second-straight day as he followed his even-par 72 in Friday’s opening round with a 1-under 71 in Saturday’s second round to move into the Top 10 of the leaderboard with a two-day score of 1-under par 143. He is the only Tiger in red figures through 36 holes in a tie for seventh place overall.
The sophomore from Shreveport, Louisiana, erupted after playing the first 10 holes at 1-over par as he carded four birdies down the stretch against two bogeys en route to a score of 71. Barbaree is set to tee off in the final round five shots off the pace after Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong grabbed a one-shot individual lead with a 5-under 67 on the day to move to 6-under par through two rounds.
Kent State’s Gisli Sveinbergsson, the first-round leader with a 4-under 68 to open the tournament, slipped into second place behind Armstrong with a 1-under 71 for a total score of 5-under 139 overall.
Jeansonne Goes Low
Jeansonne turned in the team’s lowest score of the day with a 3-under 69 as he bounced back from a 5-over 77 in the opening round to climb into the Top 20 of the leaderboard in a tie for 20th place at 2-over 146.
Jeansonne was quick out of the gate with a birdie at the par-four first hole to move to 1-under par before giving that shot back with a bogey at the par-three third hole. Back-to-back birdie 3s at Nos. 5-6 put Jeansonne at 2-under par at the turn. He finished off his round with two birdies at Nos. 11 and 16 and just one bogey on his back nine for a 3-under 69.
Junior All-American Luis Gagne ended the day tied with his teammate for 20th place at 2-over par for the tournament after turning in a 3-over 75 on Saturday. Gagne broke par with a 1-under 71 in the opening round to finish at 2-over par with just one round to play. Winstead followed in 24th place at 3-over 147 after Saturday’s round, while Bergeron ended the day in a tie for 36th place at 6-over 150.
Sophomore Carter Toms followed his 4-over 75 in the first round with a 7-over 79 in the second round to close out the second round in a tie for 53rd place at 10-over par 154 while playing as an individual.
Final Round Tee Times
The Tigers will tee off in the final wave off the front nine in Sunday’s final round as they are teamed with Georgia Tech and Kent State in the marquee pairing of the day with tee times beginning at 10:40 a.m. CT. Those wishing to follow LSU in defense of their team title can follow Golfstat’s live scoring at http://golfstat.com.
MAUI JIM INTERCOLLEGIATE – SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
T1. Kent State 281-296 – 577 +1; T1. Georgia Tech 291-286 – 577 +1; T3. LSU 293-287 – 580 +4; T3. Arizona State 289-291 – 580 +4; T3. Lipscomb 293-287 – 580 +4; 6. Minnesota 289-293 – 582 +6; 7. Kansas 292-292 – 584 +8; 8. Rice 297-291 – 588 +12; 9. Georgia State 300-299 – 599 +23; 10. Nebraska 298-304 – 602 +26; 11. Augusta 306-298 – 604 +28; 12. Gonzaga 306-303 – 609 +33; 13. Hawaii 332-319 – 651 +75.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb, 71-67 – 138 -6; 2. Gisli Sveinbergsson, Kent State, 68-71 – 139 -5; T3. Alex Del Rey Gonzalez, Arizona State, 73-68 – 141 -3; T3. Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech, 73-68 – 141 -3; T5. Jace Guthmiller, Nebraska, 72-70 – 142 -2; T5. Mason Andersen, Arizona State, 72-70 – 142 -2; T7. Philip Barbaree, LSU, 72-71 – 143 -1; T7. Angus Flanagan, Minnesota, 73-70 – 143 -1; T7. Daniel Sutton, Kansas, 72-71 – 143 -1; T10. Riley Johnson, Minnesota, 70-74 – 144 E; T10. Eric Ansett, Lipscomb, 71-73 – 144 E; T10. Mario Carmona, Rice, 72-72 – 144 E; T10. Bjarki Petursson, Kent State, 70-74 – 144 E; T10. Olof Gunnarsson, Augusta, 72-72 – 144 E; T10. Noah Norton, Georgia Tech, 69-75 – 144 E; T10. Peter Jones, Minnesota, 72-72 – 144 E.
T7. Philip Barbaree, 72-71 – 143 -1
T20. Luis Gagne, 71-75 – 146 +2
T20. Nathan Jeansonne, 77-69 – 146 +2
24. Trey Winstead, 73-74 – 147 +3
T36. Jacob Bergeron, 77-73 – 150 +6
T53. Carter Toms, 75-79 – 154 +10*
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.