Winstead Earns Third-Straight Top 10 at Isleworth
WINDERMERE, Fla. – Freshman Trey Winstead earned his third-straight top-10 finish while matching junior Luis Gagne with a team-best 1-under par 71 in Tuesday’s final round as No. 7-ranked LSU tied for seventh place among the 17 teams at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational held at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
After following a tie for 10th place at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate with a tie for fifth place in helping the Tigers defend their title at the David Toms Intercollegiate two weeks ago, Winstead sealed a third Top 10 in his last three starts against arguably the strongest field LSU has faced this fall.
Winstead closed out his week with a 1-under 71 on Tuesday for a season-low score of 3-under par 213 to tie for ninth place on the final leaderboard and finish eight shots behind Illinois’ Dylan Meyer.
Gagne climbed nine spots up the leaderboard as he matched his rookie teammate with a 71 to tie for 25th place overall at 2-over par 218 for the championship. Freshman Jacob Bergeron counted a 1-over 73 toward the team’s 1-over 289 on the day, while sophomore Philip Barbaree helped the Tigers cap off their tie for seventh place with a 2-over 74 of his own in Tuesday’s final round.
California stormed back from nine shots down to start the day to take the title as they closed with a 4-under 284 for a winning score of 6-under par 858 to top the team standings. Illinois and Florida, which held first and second place, respectively, after each of the first two rounds, tied one another for second place at 5-under 859.
Vanderbilt followed in fourth place with a final score of 3-under 861, while the Tigers also trailed Auburn in fifth place at even-par 864 and North Florida in sixth place at 6-over 870 in the final team standings.
Seeing Red Again
Gagne posted his fifth round at par or better this season while carding three birdies and two bogeys for LSU’s first round of 1-under 71 on the day. Following an early bogey at the par-three second, he birdied back-to-back holes at the par-four sixth and par-five seventh to reach 1-under par for the first time. He slipped back to even-par with a bogey at the 10th green, but sandwiched birdies at the par-five 13th and par-four 16th around a bogey at the par-three 15th to close out his final round.
Winstead solidified his position on a four-hole stretch on the front nine that saw him birdie Nos. 4, 5 and 7 around a bogey at No. 6. He settled at 1-under par for the day and 3-under par for the tournament after holing out with a bogey at the 13th green before reeling off five-straight pars down the stretch.
By firing 3-under par for 54 holes, Winstead slashed his scoring average to 72.73 strokes per round to rank third on the LSU team. Gagne and Bergeron are tied with matching averages of 72.09 through four events.
Bergeron was just one shot shy of his third-straight top-20 finish as he recorded a 1-over par 217 in 54 holes to tie for 21st place as the second-highest Tiger in the individual race. Barbaree tied for 48th place with his tally of 7-over 223, while junior Nathan Jeansonne rounded out the lineup in a tie for 78th place at 14-over 230 for the tournament.
With their appearance at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational now in the books, the Tigers are set to wrap up their 2017 fall season with a trip to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, to tee it up at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic that will run Nov. 3-5 at Ka’anapali Golf Club. LSU then breaks for the winter before opening its 2018 spring season at the Sea Best Invitational being held Feb. 5-6 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
TAVISTOCK COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL – FINAL RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. California 287-287-284 – 858 -6; T2. Illinois 279-286-294 – 859 -5; T2. Florida 282-285-292 – 859 -5; 4. Vanderbilt 291-287-283 – 861 -3; 5. Auburn 293-286-285 – 864 E; 6. North Florida 290-291-289 – 870 +6; T7. LSU 289-293-289 – 871 +7; T7. Texas Tech 286-296-289 – 871 +7; 9. North Carolina 294-298-284 – 876 +12; 10. Arizona 292-301-286 – 879 +15; 11. Purdue 291-292-298 – 881 +17; 12. Arizona State 297-295-290 – 882 +18; 13. UCF 297-294-292 – 883 +19; 14. North Texas 295-305-285 – 885 +21; 15. Augusta 295-300-296 – 891 +27; 16. West Virginia 296-300-297 – 893 +29; 17. UAB 294-301-302 – 897 +33.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Dylan Meyer, Illinois, 67-66-72 – 205 -11; 2. Collin Morikawa, California, 72-69-66 – 207 -9; 3. John Axelsen, Florida, 67-72-70 – 209 -7; 4. Gordon Neale, Florida, 72-67-71 – 210 -6; 5. Mason Andersen, Arizona State, 69-71-71 – 211 -5; T6. Ivan Ramirez, Texas Tech, 68-74-70 – 212 -4; T6. Fredrik Nilehn, Texas Tech, 71-71-70 – 212 -4; T6. Phillip Knowles, North Florida, 72-70-70 – 212 -4; T9. Trey Winstead, LSU, 72-70-71 – 213 -3; T9. Wells Padgett, Auburn, 73-72-68 – 213 -3.