COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Tiger sophomore Curtis Thompson capped a strong weekend at the 2013 Aggie Invitational by firing a team-low 1-under par 71 in Sunday’s final round to lead the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish in the final team standings in their regular-season finale held at Traditions Golf Club.
Thompson claimed a fourth top-10 finish of his sophomore campaign and a second in his last three starts by firing a 54-hole score of 3-under par 213 to tie for sixth place on the final leaderboard.
The Coral Springs, Fla., native followed rounds of 4-under 68 and 2-over 74 in Saturday’s opener with a 1-under 71 during Sunday’s finale in the strongest tournament of the spring season for the Tigers while battling an impressive 12-team field with nine teams ranked in the latest Golfstat Top 25. The Tigers earned an eighth-place finish in the final team standings with a final team score of 14-over par 878.
Thompson wrapped up the tournament by carding three birdies and two bogeys on his round as the only Tiger to break par with a 1-under 71 during Sunday’s action.
After teeing off from the back nine, he picked up a shot with his first birdie of the day at the par-five 15th hole before making the turn at 1-under for his round. And despite giving that shot back with a bogey at the par-four first hole, Thompson dropped back into red figures with birdies at the par-four fourth and par-five eighth hole before ending with a bogey at the par-four ninth hole for a 1-under par 71 on the day.
Thompson, who only claimed one top-10 finish as a freshman a year ago, now owns four top-10 finishes as one of the top young players in college golf after tying for sixth place for this weekend’s Aggie Invitational. He also tied for the win at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25), tied for ninth place at the David Toms Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7) and tied for fifth place at the Argent Financial Classic (March 11-12).
That performance led LSU to an eighth-place team finish in its regular-season finale as the Tigers posted a team score of 1-over 289 on Sunday and 14-over 878 for the championship.
Junior All-SEC performer Andrew Presley matched Thompson’s effort with a 1-under 71 of his own in the final round while finishing the tournament in a tie for 40th place at 8-over 224. Presley rebounded well following an 8-over 80 in the opening round to play the final 36 holes at even-par with scores of 1-over 73 in Saturday’s second round and 1-under 71 in Sunday’s final round.
Sophomore Stewart Jolly added a 1-over 73 to LSU’s team total on Sunday afternoon, while sophomore Myles Lewis and freshman Zach Wright posted matching scores of 2-over 74 in the final round. Lewis finished off the weekend in a tie for 27th place at 5-over 221 followed by Wright in a tie for 32nd place at 6-over 222 on the weekend.
The No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide was the only team to break par for the weekend while claiming an 18-shot victory with a final team score of 18-under par 846 at the Aggie Invitational.
The 23rd-ranked Kent State Golden Flashes followed well back in second place in the team standings at even-par 864 for the tournament, while the fourth-ranked Washington Huskies finished the week in third place at 4-over 868, the 13th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks trailed in fourth place at 5-over 869 and the fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins and 23rd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies rounded out the top five in a tie for fifth place at 6-over 870.
The Crimson Tide swept the top three spots on the final leaderboard as All-American Cory Whitsett took the individual title over teammates Bobby Wyatt and Scott Strohmeyer.
Whitsett fired rounds of 3-under 69, 3-under 69 and 2-under 70 to score a one-shot victory over Wyatt (67-72-70) with his winning 54-hole score of 8-under par 208. While Wyatt finished runner-up at 7-under 209 in the final standings, Strohmeyer finished just two shots off the pace in third place overall at 6-under par 210.
The Tigers will now prepare for the start of the postseason as they open play at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships on April 19 as the three-day, 54-hole tournament returns to the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. They will then serve as an NCAA Regional host for the first time in program history as the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will be held May 16-18 at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
AGGIE INVITATIONAL – FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (864)
1. Alabama 278-283-285 – 846 -18; 2. Kent State 289-284-291 – 864 E; 3. Washington 295-282-291 – 868 +4; 4. Arkansas 295-292-282 – 869 +5; T5. Texas A&M 291-288-291 – 870 +6; T5. UCLA 289-294-287 – 870 +6; 7. Duke 296-296-285 – 877 +13; 8. LSU 294-295-289 – 878 +14; 9. Oklahoma 295-296-288 – 879 +15; 10. Oklahoma State 299-297-292 – 888 +24; 11. North Texas 306-301-290 – 897 +33; 12. Texas Tech 301-306-300 – 907 +43.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 69-69-70 – 208 -8; 2. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 67-72-70 – 209 -7; 3. Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama, 67-71-72 – 210 -6; T4. Chris Williams, Washington, 70-67-74 – 211 -5; T4. Corey Conners, Kent State, 69-68-74 – 211 -5; T6. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 68-74-71 – 213 -3; T6. Jonathan Sanders, Washington, 71-69-73 – 213 -3; T8. Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 73-71-70 – 214 -2; T8. Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA, 72-72-70 – 214 -2; 10. Motin Yeung, Duke, 71-73-71 – 215 -1.