Yi Leads Men's Golf at David Toms; Sooners Take Title
SHREVEPORT, La. - After posting a 54-hole tournament score of even-par 216 in three rounds at Southern Trace Country Club, senior standout Sang Yi earned his second top-10 finish of the season after tying for sixth place on the leaderboard at the third-annual David Toms Intercollegiate.
Yi, who tied for third place in the season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic back on Sept. 11, wrapped up the championship with a 3-over par 75 in Tuesday's final round after opening with his rounds of 1-under 71 and 2-under 70 on Monday for his second top-10 finish of the young season.
The Tigers earned a fourth-place finish in the final team standings after teeing off in the final round alone in third place as they posted a team score of 7-over 295 on Tuesday and a 54-hole score of 11-over 875 to finish 13 strokes behind Oklahoma for this year's team championship.
The Sooners were the only team in the field to finish in red figures Tuesday as they cruised to an easy 10-stroke victory with a 54-hole score of 2-under 862, including a 5-over 293 in Tuesday's final round.
Lamar fired the lowest team score of the day at 1-under 287 to move three spots up the leaderboard for its runner-up finish to Oklahoma at 8-over 872. SMU followed in third place at 10-over par 874, while Tulsa finished in fifth place behind LSU at 14-over 878 in the third-annual David Toms Intercollegiate.
"The staff here at Southern Trace did a fantastic job in helping us put on a great event. This championship has been very well-received here in Shreveport," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. "We have a large LSU following in Shreveport and throughout north Louisiana. The people here that came out to watch the guys play were very appreciative and supportive of our program throughout the event.
"It's great that those fans had an opportunity to come out and see the team play. I think our guys really do understand that there are people outside of Baton Rouge that genuinely care about this great program."
Sophomore Andrew Presley led the Tigers in the final round with his performance while posting his even-par 72 to move nine spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 17th place in the final standings. Presley posted a 54-hole score of 4-over 220 for the championship, including back-to-back 74s on Monday.
Freshman Curtis Thompson added a 1-over 73 to finish the event in a tie for 22nd place at 5-over 221 with his effort. Sophomore Landon Lyons carded a 3-over 75 to tie for 28th place overall at 7-over par 223, and senior Austin Gutgsell posted a 5-over 77 to tie for 34th place at 8-over 224 to round out LSU's scoring.
Freshman Stewart Jolly led a group of four LSU golfers competing as individuals this week after firing an impressive 1-under 71 in Tuesday's final round to move into a tie for 14th place on the final leaderboard at 3-over 219 for the tournament. Jolly's 71 is a new career-low for the Birmingham, Ala., native.
"It was a lot colder and pretty windy out there today, which was good," Winstead said. "It provided a kind of turnaround in the competition that is more common in the spring. It was good to see how our team could compete in a tournament like that, particularly with a young group like we have this year. We know that we'll continue to take the right steps forward as we improve throughout the season.
"This is also the first event this season that we've had a chance to play in the last pairing. That is a step in the right direction and something we can build on going forward."
The Tigers will wrap up the 2011 fall season next week with a trip to Isleworth Golf Club in Windermere, Fla., as they compete at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational beginning Sunday. They earned a runner-up finish in the team standings a year ago in one of the elite events of the collegiate season.
DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE - FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Oklahoma 283-286-293 - 862 -2; 2. Lamar 281-304-287 - 872 +8; 3. SMU 294-291-289 - 874 +10; 4. LSU 293-287-295 - 875 +11; T5. Louisiana-Lafayette 296-290-292 - 878 +14; T5. Tulsa 287-295-296 - 878 +14; T7. Mississippi State 294-303-287 - 884 +20; T7. Ole Miss 287-288-309 - 884 +20; 9. Louisiana Tech 299-302-290 - 891 +27; 10. South Alabama 299-288-307 - 894 +30; 11. Kansas State 310-301-307 - 918 +54.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Andrew Noto, Louisiana-Lafayette, 69-71-68 - 208 -8; 2. Kevin Hesbois, Lamar, 71-72-69 - 212 -4; T3. Joe David, Ole Miss, 69-72-73 - 214 -2; T3. Michael Schoolcraft, Oklahoma, 66-72-76 - 214 -2; 5. Max Buckley, SMU, 72-72-71 - 215 -1; T6. Sang Yi, LSU, 71-70-75 - 215 -1; T6. Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma, 72-70-74 - 216 E; T6. Eduardo Castiello, Oklahoma, 73-71-72 - 216 E; T6. John Young Kim, Tulsa, 71-70-75 - 216 E; T10. Fletcher Johnson, Mississippi State, 72-74-71 - 217 +1; T10. MJ Daffue, 68-75-74 - 217 +1; T10. Philipp Fendt, Louisiana-Lafayette, 77-70-70 - 217 +1.
T6. Sang Yi, 71-70-75 - 215 -1
T14. Stewart Jolly, 72-76-71 - 219 +3*
T17. Andrew Presley, 74-74-72 - 220 +4
T22. Curtis Thompson, 72-76-73 - 221 +5
T28. Landon Lyons, 76-72-75 - 223 +7
T34. Austin Gutgsell, 76-71-77 - 224 +8
T34. Smylie Kaufman, 71-76-77 - 224 +8*
T37. Franco Castro, 75-73-77 - 225 +9*
T48. Myles Lewis, 77-75-79 - 231 +15*
* - Denotes player competing as an individual.