Freshmen Lead Men's Golf on Day 1 at Isleworth
WINDERMERE, Fla. – Freshman Jacob Bergeron opened the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational with his second-straight 3-under par 69 this fall, while fellow freshman Trey Winstead added an even-par 72 to lead No. 7-ranked LSU into fifth place in the field after Sunday’s first round at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
Bergeron carded six birdies and three bogeys on the day to finish two shots off the pace in a tie for fourth place on the leaderboard with his fifth round of par or better in nine played this fall. Winstead followed in a tie for 22nd place while posting his third round of par or better in his last four outings.
Their effort helped the seventh-ranked Tigers into fifth place among the 17 teams in the field with a cumulative 1-over par 289 on the day that left the lineup 10 shots back of Illinois with 36 holes to play.
The Fighting Illini opened the event with a 9-under par 279 to grab an early three-shot lead over the Florida Gators, who followed across the line with a 6-under 282. LSU rounded out the Top 5 of the team standings on Sunday while following Texas Tech in third place at 2-under 286 and California in fourth place at 1-under 287.
Bergeron In Contention
Bergeron closed out the opening round trailing only Florida’s John Axelsen, Illinois’ Dylan Meyer and Texas Tech’s Ivan Ramirez as Axelsen and Meyer tied one another at the top with matching scores of 5-under par 67 and Ramirez followed one shot back in third place at 4-under 68. Bergeron’s 69 placed him in a three-way tie for fourth place with Mason Andersen of Arizona State and George Cunningham of Arizona.
After turning at 1-under par for his round, the LSU freshman reeled off four birdies in his final six holes to equal his best round of the season posted twice before in the final round at both the Maui Jim and David Toms intercollegiates in recent weeks.
Winstead, who teed off Sunday on the back of consecutive top-10 finishes in each of his last two starts, opened strongly with an even-par 72 to close out the day just outside the Top 20. Junior All-American Luis Gagne posted a 1-over 73 in the first round to tie for 36th place, while sophomore Philip Barbaree rounded out LSU’s counting scores with a 3-over 75 to tie for 57th place on the day. Junior Nathan Jeansonne was the first Tiger in the clubhouse Sunday with a 6-over 78 to tie for 79th place.
Bergeron and Gagne both look to contend again after sharing the individual title at the David Toms Intercollegiate two weeks ago when they fired winning scores of 4-under 140 in 36 holes at the University Club.
Monday Tee Times
The Tigers are paired with California and North Florida in Monday’s second round as they will tee off in the second wave off the front nine beginning at 7:50 a.m. CT. Fans can follow Golfstat’s live scoring for the second round at http://www.golfstat.com.
TAVISTOCK COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
1. Illinois 279 -9; 2. Florida 282 -6; 3. Texas Tech 286 -2; 4. California 287 -1; 5. LSU 289 +1; 6. North Florida 190 +2; T7. Vanderbilt 291 +3; T7. Purdue 291 +3; 9. Arizona 292 +4; 10. Auburn 293 +5; T11. North Carolina 294 +6; T11. UAB 294 +6; T13. Augusta 295 +7; T13. North Texas 295 +7; 15. West Virginia 296 +8; T16. UCF 297 +9; T16. Arizona State 297 +9.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
T1. John Axelsen, Florida, 67 -5; T1. Dylan Meyer, Illinois, 67 -5; 3. Ivan Ramirez, Texas Tech, 68 -4; T4. Jacob Bergeron, LSU, 69 -3; T4. Mason Andersen, Arizona State, 69 -3; T4. George Cunningham, Arizona, 69 -3; T7. Manuel Elvira, UCF, 70 -2; T7. Preyer Fountain, North Carolina, 70 -2; T7. Hurly Long, Texas Tech, 70 -2; T7. Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois, 70 -2.