BATON ROUGE – The David Toms Intercollegiate returns to the University Club this weekend as the Tigers will look to defend their team title and contend for their fourth crown in the five years of the tournament’s existence as they welcome a 12-team field to Baton Rouge for the fifth-annual event beginning Saturday morning.
This marks the second-straight year in which the David Toms Intercollegiate will be held at the home course of the Tigers at the University Club, after the tournament was held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge in 2009 and 2010 and Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, La., in 2011.
Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday as each day will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT. The course will play to a par 72 and a lengthy 7,663 yards for the weekend.
The Tigers look to defend their team championship won a year ago when they posted a 54-hole team score of 33-over par 897 to score an eight-stroke victory over Alabama (905) at the University Club in 2012. LSU also took home the team title in each of the first two years of the event at the Country Club of Louisiana with winning scores of 8-under 844 in 2009 and 16-under 848 in 2010.
LSU surrendered its crown in 2011 when the Oklahoma Sooners captured the team title at Southern Trace Country Club, while the Tigers followed in fourth place in the final team standings.
Two Tigers have also claimed the individual crown at the David Toms Intercollegiate as Austin Gutgsell fired a winning 10-under 206 in 2010 and senior All-SEC performer Andrew Presley posted a 4-over 220 a year ago.
If the Tigers are to defend their crown, they must outlast a 12-team field that includes Coastal Carolina, Houston, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Rice, South Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana. While South Alabama finished runner-up a year ago, Louisiana Tech was fifth, Louisiana-Lafayette was eighth and Lamar was ninth in the event a season ago.
Four teams are also making their return to the University Club after competing in NCAA postseason play a year ago when the Tigers played host to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in May. Coastal Carolina joined LSU in qualifying for the NCAA Championships by taking fourth place in regional play, while Houston and South Alabama tied one another for sixth place and Southeastern Louisiana finished in 12th place overall.
The Tigers are paired with Coastal Carolina and Houston during Saturday’s action at the fifth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate and will tee off from holes Nos. 1-4 with an 8:30 a.m. CT shotgun start.
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Juniors Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson look to continue their hot start to the 2013-14 season as the team’s top two scorers through two events on the campaign. Jolly is off to a blistering start this year while posting a team-leading 70.17 scoring average through two events, while Thompson follows with a 72.50 scoring average in six rounds played this fall.
Jolly won his second career individual title in his last start with a score of 6-under par 210 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge held Sept. 15-17 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. He kicked off the year in third place at 5-under 211 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic held Sept. 8-9 at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.
Junior transfer Ben Taylor will make his much-anticipated debut for the Tigers while joining the lineup for the first time this weekend following two seasons at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Taylor is a former two-time NCAA Division II All-American in 2012 and 2013, while he also led Nova Southeastern University to the NCAA Division II Championship in 2012.
Kaufman has appeared in each of the team’s two events this season while posting a 73.50 scoring average in his six rounds played, which includes a season-opening 54-hole tournament score of 2-under 214 in tying for fifth place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. Pierce tied for 34th place in his collegiate debut at the Golfweek Conference Challenge while posting a score of 6-over 222 in his first action as an LSU Tiger.
The David Toms Intercollegiate is named in honor of the most prolific performer in the illustrious history of the LSU men’s golf program. A three-time All-American with the Tigers from 1985-89, Toms captured a total of three first-team All-SEC honors and the 1987 SEC Championship to highlight a storied collegiate career. He was also twice named the SEC Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
Toms has since enjoyed one of the most successful career in the history of the PGA TOUR, highlighted by 13 PGA TOUR victories and a major championship victory at the 2001 PGA Championship. He has also won more than $39 million in career earnings since joining the PGA TOUR in 1996 while ranking No. 9 on the tour’s all-time money list.