Men's Golf Takes Lead on David Toms Day 1
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Men’s Golf team is off and running in defense of its team title as junior All-American Luis Gagne fired a 2-under par 70 and freshman Jacob Bergeron broke par with a 1-under 71 to hand the Tigers a three-shot lead in Friday’s opener at the ninth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate.
The Tigers finished with a first-round team score of even-par 288 as freshman Trey Winstead added a 1-over 73 and sophomore Philip Barbaree counted a 2-over 74 to put the hosts three shots clear of the field. North Texas finished the day in second place at 3-over par 291, while Southeastern Louisiana trailed 10 shots back in third place at 10-over par 298.
LSU will play alongside North Texas and Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday with a shotgun start set for 8 a.m. CT as the final round follows immediately after the conclusion of the second round.
“Even par is a solid score,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead of his team’s play on Friday. “I think all of us that have been around University Club know that when the wind blows double digits like it did today that it’s a challenge. We’re young in a lot of ways, and there’s certainly room we can improve. I saw us give away shots out there, and that happens from time to time, but there were some choices that we could have changed and maybe a little focus in some different areas would have helped.
“We’re young, but we’re talented. I think if we sharpen things up a little bit as we continue through the fall and the rest of the season that this team could have a really good year.”
Gagne recovered from a difficult start to post the team’s lowest score of the day as he made bogey on three of his first five holes at Nos. 4, 5 and 7 on the front side with a birdie at the par-five sixth to soften the blow. He rebounded with four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to finish with a 2-under 70 as he picked up shots at the par-five 11th, par-four 12th, par-four 14th and par-four 15th.
Bergeron also turned at 2-over par before catching fire on the back side as he birdied Nos. 10 and 12 before making an eagle 3 at the par-five 17th hole for his second-lowest score of the season with a 1-under 71.
Senior Blake Caldwell also ended the day in the Top 10 of the leaderboard with an even-par 72 in his first round of the 2017 fall season as he canceled three birdies with three bogeys to finish the day in a tie for fifth. He follows Gagne and Bergeron four shots off the lead while playing as an individual with 36 holes to play Saturday.
Trey Winstead, who earned his first career top-10 finish with a tie for 10th place at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate two weeks ago, ended the day on the cusp of the Top 10 of the leaderboard at the University Club as his 1-over 73 tied him for 11th place.
Barbaree followed Winstead in a tie for 16th place with his 2-over 74 as he was matched by sophomore Drew Gonzales, who also posted a score of 74 playing as an individual for the lowest round of his collegiate career. Junior Nathan Jeansonne rounded out the lineup with a 5-over 77 to tie for 31st place, while sophomore Carter Toms shot a 6-over 78 to close out the round in a tie for 39th as an individual.
The Tigers will all be chasing Central Arkansas’ Lewis George and North Texas’ Andrew Hudson for the individual title as they shared a two-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard with matching scores of 4-under 68 on what proved to be a difficult day for scoring with just four players in the field breaking par.
DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
1. LSU 288 E; 2. North Texas 291 +3; 3. Southeastern Louisiana 298 +10; 4. McNeese State 300 +12; 5. Southern Illinois 302 +14; T6. Central Arkansas 303 +15; T6. Lynn University 303 +15; T8. Pennsylvania 304 +16; T8. Oral Roberts 304 +16; 10. Louisiana Tech 312 +24; 11. Nicholls State 317 +29; 12. Navy 320 +32; 13. New Orleans 325 +37.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
T1. Lewis George, Central Arkansas, 68 -4; T1. Andrew Hudson, North Texas, 68 -4*; 3. Luis Gagne, LSU, 70 -2; 4. Jacob Bergeron, LSU, 71 -1; T5. Blake Caldwell, LSU, 72 E*; T5. Jordan Sanders, North Texas, 72 E; T5. Blake Elliott, McNeese State, 72 E; T5. Peyton Wilhoit, Southern Illinois, 72 E; T5. William Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana, 72 E; T5. Viktor Forslund, North Texas, 72 E.
3. Luis Gagne, 70 -2
4. Jacob Bergeron, 71 -1
T5. Blake Caldwell, 72 E*
T11. Trey Winstead, 73 +1
T16. Philip Barbaree, 74 +2
T16. Drew Gonzales, 74 +2*
T31. Nathan Jeansonne, 77 +5
T39. Carter Toms, 78 +6*
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.