LSU's Stewart Jolly
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Men's Golf Finishes Tied for 23rd at NCAA's
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Published: May 30, 2013, 07:42 PM (CT)
Updated: May 31, 2013, 07:14 AM (CT)

ATLANTA, Ga. – Junior Smylie Kaufman set the pace for the Tigers for the second-straight day as he posted a team-leading 1-over par 71 along with sophomore teammate Stewart Jolly as 17th-ranked LSU wrapped up Thursday’s final round of stroke play in a tie for 23rd place at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

The Tigers posted a team score of 7-over 287 in their final round of the 2012-13 season to finish 54 holes of stroke play in a tie for 23rd place with Southern California at 14-over 854 for the championship.

It marked the third time in four seasons for the Tigers to tee it up in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships as they also followed a 24th-place finish in 2010 with a 21st-place finish in 2011 before Thursday’s finish.

The No. 1-ranked California Golden Bears captured the No. 1 seed in the single-elimination match play tournament for the national championship after firing a tournament-best 54-hole score of 16-under par 824 with a 5-under par 275 in the final round. The top eight teams in the final team standings in stroke play will now battle it out for the NCAA team title beginning with Friday’s quarterfinals.

The Golden Bears finished six shots clear of tournament host Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets claimed the No. 2 seed with a runner-up score of 10-under par 830. Rounding out the match play field in order of seed is No. 3 Alabama (833), No. 4 Texas (833), No. 5 Illinois (835), No. 6 New Mexico (842), No. 7 UNLV (842) and No. 8 Arizona State (842).

Thursday’s stroke play finale was not without its share of drama as Arizona State, New Mexico, Texas A&M and UNLV all finished with 54-hole team score of 2-over par 842, forcing a sudden-death playoff for the three final seeds advancing to match play. The Aggies were unable to keep pace as they posted a team score of 1-over par in the playoff while New Mexico, UNLV and Arizona State earned their spot in match play.

Each of the four teams in the playoff teed off in a shotgun start with their five players playing a different and their scores added at the end to determine the three teams advancing.

Kaufman led the Tigers at 1-under par over the final two rounds as he followed his team-leading 2-under par 68 for Wednesday with a 1-over par 71 for Thursday to climb into a tie for 93rd place on the final leaderboard with his tournament score of 6-over 216 after opening the championship with a 7-over 77 in Tuesday’s opening round.

Jolly matched Kaufman with a team-best 1-over 71 in the final round of stroke play as he wrapped up his first career NCAA Championships in a tie for 60th place with a team-low 3-over par 213 for 54 holes. Jolly carded a round of 2-over 72 on Tuesday and an even-par 70 on Wednesday to finish as the top Tiger at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

Freshman Zach Wright followed Jolly in a tie for 69th place for the final leaderboard with a tournament score of 4-over 214, including a 2-over 72 in Thursday’s action. Wright matched Kaufman with LSU’s lowest score of the tournament when he opened the championship with a 2-under 68 on Tuesday morning, while following with a 4-over 74 on Wednesday afternoon.

Junior Andrew Presley and sophomore Curtis Thompson matched one another with 54-hole scores of 9-over 219 to finish their NCAA Championships debut in a tie for 116th place in the final standings as Presley fired an outgoing score of a 3-over 73 for LSU’s final-round score and Thompson carded a 6-over 76 in his final round at this year’s championships.

California’s Max Homa fired a final-round 6-under 66 while being crowned this year’s NCAA individual champion with his winning score of 9-under 201 in three rounds at the Crabapple Course.

Homa finished three shots clear of six other golfers in the field for a comfortable NCAA title win as Florida State’s Daniel Berger, Auburn’s Dominic Bozzelli, Tennessee’s Rick Lamb, UNLV’s Kevin Penner, Arizona State’s Jon Rahm and Texas’ Brandon Stone each followed in a tie for second place on the final leaderboard at 6-under 204 in 54 holes of stroke play.

Rahm held the 18-hole and 36-hole lead in the race for the NCAA individual title after firing a tournament-low 9-under 61 in the first round and a 2-over 72 in the second round for a two-day total of 7-under 133.

NCAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 840)
1. California 277-272-275 – 824 -16; 2. Georgia Tech 274-274-282 – 830 -10; T3. Alabama 275-276-282 – 833 -7; T3. Texas 279-271-283 – 833 -7; 5. Illinois 276-281-278 – 835 -5; T6. New Mexico 292-274-276 – 842 +2; T6. UNLV 286-284-272 – 842 +2; T6. Arizona State 270-288-284 – 842 +2; T6. Texas A&M 285-275-282 – 842 +2; 10. Arkansas 286-271-286 – 843 +3; T11. Oklahoma 278-284-283 – 845 +5; T11. Florida State 287-277-281 – 845 +5; 13. Auburn 292-279-275 – 846 +6; T14. Texas Tech 288-283-276 – 847 +7; T14. Oklahoma State 279-293-275 – 847 +7; T16. Washington 281-283-284 – 848 +8; T16. Central Florida 287-274-287 – 848 +8; 18. North Florida 281-282-286 – 849 +9; T19. TCU 294-272-284 – 850 +10; T19. Georgia 286-283-281 – 850 +10; T19. Tennessee 286-277-287 – 850 +10; 22. Coastal Carolina 293-275-283 – 851 +11; T23. LSU 285-282-287 – 854 +14; T23. Southern California 291-278-285 – 854 +14; 25. Florida 291-283-283 – 857 +17; 26. UCLA 289-281-288 – 858 +18; T27. South Carolina 286-296-286 – 868 +28; T27. Kent State 282-293-293 – 868 +28; 29. St. Mary’s (CA) 287-294-288 – 869 +29; 30. Ball State 290-289-293 – 872 +32.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 210)
1. Max Homa, California, 70-65-66 – 201 -9; T2. Daniel Berger, Florida State, 69-67-68 – 204 -6; T2. Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn, 71-67-66 – 204 -6; T2. Rick Lamb, Tennessee, 68-67-69 – 204 -6; T2. Kevin Penner, UNLV, 69-67-68 – 204 -6; T2. Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 61-72-71 – 204 -6; T2. Brandon Stone, Texas, 68-68-68 – 204 -6; T8. Ian Davis, Oklahoma State, 67-70-68 – 205 -5; T8. Tyler Dunlap, Texas A&M, 69-68-68 – 205 -5; T8. Greg Eason, Central Florida, 68-66-71 – 205 -5; T8. Brandon Hagy, California, 66-69-70 – 205 -5; T8. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 67-68-70 – 205 -5.

LSU SCORES
T60. Stewart Jolly, 72-70-71 – 213 +3
T69. Zach Wright, 68-74-72 – 214 +4
T93. Smylie Kaufman, 77-68-71 – 216 +6
T116. Andrew Presley, 72-74-73 – 219 +9
T116. Curtis Thompson, 73-70-76 – 219 +9

 

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