CHOUDRANT, La. - The 15th-ranked LSU golfers are poised to sweep team and individual championships for the third time this season as junior All-America hopeful Andrew Presley has guided the Tigers to the top of the team standings following Monday's action at the Argent Financial Classic being held at Squire Creek Country Club.
After opening the tournament with a team score of 4-over par 292 in the first round, the Tigers matched their lowest team score of the season with a 6-under par 282 in the second round to wrap up the day in a tie atop the leaderboard with 32nd-ranked North Texas with a 54-hole score of 2-under par 574.
The Tigers and Mean Green are locked in a head-to-head battle for the team title as they lead homestanding Louisiana Tech (583) by nine strokes heading into Tuesday's final round.
Presley powered LSU to the top of the team standings as he fired his second-straight round of 5-under 67 in the morning before carding a 3-under 69 in the afternoon for a two-round total of 8-under par 136 for a four-stroke cushion over the 4-under par 140 by North Texas standout Rodolfo Cazaubon. Presley also fired a 5-under 67 in the final round of the Louisiana Classics just last week.
The Tigers have twice taken home the team and individual titles from an event this season at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and David Toms Intercollegiate during the fall season.
And it was Presley completing the sweep at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at the University Club on Oct. 6-7 for his second career victory. Sophomores Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson tied for the individual crown at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate held at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 24-25.
Presley has put himself in a strong position for his third collegiate championship while carding one eagle, 10 birdies and just four bogeys in 36 holes played on Monday.
Thompson matched Presley's effort with a season-low 3-under 69 in the afternoon after opening the championship with a 3-over 75 in the morning round to finish Monday's opener in a three-way tie for sixth place at even-par 144. The Coral Springs, Fla., native is poised for his third top-10 finish in eight appearances for the Tigers this season with a strong showing in Tuesday's final round.
Jolly joined sophomore Myles Lewis and freshman Zach Wright in firing matching rounds of even-par 72 in the second round to help lead the Tigers to their lowest team score of the season at 6-under par 282 in the afternoon. Lewis finished the day on the cusp of the Top 10 of the leaderboard by tying for 12th place at 2-over 146 after 36 holes of play. Jolly and Wright are tied with one another for 19th place on the leaderboard with matching scores of 4-over 148 during Monday's action at Squire Creek.
The Tigers are paired with North Texas and Louisiana Tech in Tuesday's final round and will tee off from the front nine beginning at 8:50 a.m. CT. Golfstat will provide the live scoring for the third round for this year's Argent Financial Classic online at www.golfstat.com.
ARGENT FINANCIAL CLASSIC - SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
T1. LSU 292-282 - 574 -2; T1. North Texas 293-281 - 574 -2; 3. Louisiana Tech 295-288 - 583 +7; 4. Texas State 295-299 - 594 +18; T5. Arkansas-Little Rock 299-299 - 598 +22; T5. Southern Mississippi 303-295 - 598 +22; 7. Central Arkansas 302-299 - 601 +25; 8. McNeese State 303-299 - 602 +26; 9. Jacksonville State 305-300 - 605 +29; 10. Louisiana-Lafayette 309-302 - 611 +35; 11. Missouri State 321-305 - 626 +50.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Andrew Presley, LSU, 67-69 - 136 -8; 2. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas, 70-70 - 140 -4; 3. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas, 70-71 - 141 -3; 4. Kevin Brady, Southern Mississippi, 71-71 - 142 -2; 5. Jason Roets, North Texas, 72-71 - 143 -1; T6. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 75-69 - 144 E; T6. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State, 73-71 - 144 E; T6. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech, 72-72 - 144 E; T9. Travis Wilmore, Louisiana Tech, 75-70 - 145 +1; T9. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State, 72-73 - 145 +1; T9. Curtis Donahoe, Texas State, 72-73 - 145 +1.