CHOUDRANT, La. - Junior All-America hopeful Andrew Presley wrapped up this year's Argent Financial Classic with an even-par round of 72 to lock up second place on the leaderboard and lead the 15th-ranked LSU men's golf team to a runner-up finish following Tuesday's final round at Squire Creek Country Club.
The Tigers earned their third second-place team finish in four tournaments during the 2013 spring season after posting a team score of 1-over par 289 in the final round for a 54-hole tournament score of 1-under par 863. The 32nd-ranked North Texas Mean Green took the title by four shots with a winning score of 5-under par 859.
The Tigers opened Tuesday's action in a tie for the top spot with the Mean Green and nine shots clear of the rest of the field with their score of 2-under par 574 on Monday.
LSU also claimed runner-up finishes in its spring opener at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Feb. 19 and the Louisiana Classics on March 5 in their last event.
Presley also earned a runner-up finish in his bid for the individual championship after entering Tuesday's final round with a four-shot advantage on the leaderboard. After opening the tournament with a season-low 5-under in the first round and 3-under 69 in the second round on Monday, Presley carded four birdies and four bogeys on the afternoon en route to an even-par 72 for the final round to earn his team-leading third top-five finish and fourth top-10 finish of the campaign.
North Texas standout Rodolfo Cazaubon turned a four-shot deficit into a one-shot victory as he fired a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to clinch the title of individual medalist over Presley with his winning score at 9-under par 207. Mean Green teammate Jason Roets finished well back in third place on the final leaderboard with a tournament score of 3-under par 213.
Tiger sophomore Curtis Thompson finished 10 shots off the pace after adding a 1-over par 73 to LSU's team total in the final round while tying for fifth place overall at 1-over par 217.
With his performance, Thompson claimed his first top-five and top-10 finish in four tournament starts this spring, while he wrapped up the event trailing on Presley with two top-five finishes for the year. He has also now finished among the Top 10 of the leaderboard in three starts during his sophomore season.
Freshman standout Zach Wright fired a team-low 1-under par 71 during Monday's action in leading the Tigers to their final-round score of 1-over par 289 and a second-place finish in the final standings. He followed a 2-over 38 on the front nine with a 3-under 33 on the back nine that included a trio of birdies at the par-four 10th, par-three 12th and par-five 17th holes and an improbable eagle on the par-four 18th hole as he holed out from the fairway to go out with a bang in this year's championship.
After firing a career-low 7-under 209 for his first collegiate victory at the Louisiana Classics last week, Wright tied for eighth place this week at 3-over 219 for his second-straight top-10 finish.
The Tigers also added a score of 1-over 73 by sophomore Stewart Jolly in Tuesday's final round as he tied for 14th place at 5-over 221 for the tournament. Fellow sophomore Myles Lewis followed Jolly in a tie for 18th place overall with a 54-hole score of 6-over 222 while carding a 4-over 76 in the final round.
While the Tigers battled the Mean Green for the team title, tournament host Louisiana Tech followed well back in third place in the team race at 26-over par 890 for the event. Arkansas-Little Rock trailed in fourth place at 29-over par 893, while Southern Mississippi rounded out the top five in fifth place at 30-over par 894.
The Tigers will take a week off before returning to action on March 24-26 with their annual trip to Awendaw, S.C., to compete at this year's Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate being held at Bulls Bay Golf Club. They will then wrap up the regular season on April 6-7 with an appearance at the Aggie Invitational being held at Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas.
ARGENT FINANCIAL CLASSIC - FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. North Texas 293-281-285 - 859 -5; 2. LSU 292-282-289 - 863 -1; 3. Louisiana Tech 295-288-307 - 890 +26; 4. Arkansas-Little Rock 299-299-295 - 893 +29; 5. Southern Mississippi 303-295-296 - 894 +30; 6. Texas State 295-299-302 - 896 +32; 7. Jacksonville State 305-300-301 - 906 +42; 8. Central Arkansas 302-299-309 - 910 +46; T9. Louisiana-Lafayette 309-302-307 - 918 +54; T9. McNeese State 303-299-316 - 918 +54; 11. Missouri State 321-305-310 - 936 +72.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas, 70-70-67 - 207 -9; 2. Andrew Presley, LSU, 67-69-72 - 208 -8; 3. Jason Roets, North Texas, 72-71-70 - 213 -3; 4. Kevin Brady, Southern Mississippi, 71-71-73 - 215 -1; T5. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 75-69-73 - 217 +1; T5. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas, 77-69-71 - 217 +1; 7. Colby Benton, Arkansas-Little Rock, 73-76-69 - 218 +2; T8. Zach Wright, LSU, 76-72-71 - 219 +3; T8. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State, 73-71-75 - 219 +3; T10. Pep Angles, Central Arkansas, 70-71-79 - 220 +4; T10. Curtis Donahoe, North Texas, 72-73-75 - 220 +4; T10. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech, 72-72-76 - 220 +4; T10. Stuart Smallwood, Texas State, 72-73-75 - 220 +4.