LSU's Curtis Thompson
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Thompson Leads LSU at David Toms Intercollegiate
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Published: October 05, 2013, 10:22 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE – Junior All-American Curtis Thompson fired back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 to finish the day in a tie for fifth place at even-par 144 while leading the Tigers into fourth place in the team standings following Saturday’s opening day of competition at the fifth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate at the University Club.

After opening with a team score of 13-over 301 in the first round, the Tigers rebounded with an even-par 288 in the second round to finish the day at 13-over 589 for fourth place overall.

The Southeastern Louisiana Lions raced out to a seven-shot lead after the first round with a tournament-best 7-under par 281 in the morning, and doubled their advantage in the afternoon while posting a 1-over 289 in the second round for a 14-shot lead over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns following Saturday’s action.

The Ragin’ Cajuns finished the day with a team score of 8-over 584, followed by Houston in third place at 11-over 587, LSU in fourth place at 13-over 589 and Kennesaw State in fifth place at 14-over 590.

Thompson was the top Tiger over the first 36 holes of the event while matching his even-par 72 in the morning with an even-par 72 in the afternoon for a two-round total of even-par 144. The junior from Coral Springs, Fla., is on the verge of earning a top-10 finish for the first time this season while challenging for the individual crown as he is just four shots off the pace.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Eamon Bradley posted rounds of 1-under 71 and 3-under 69 to claim a narrow one-shot lead with his 4-under 140 on the day. SLU’s Grady Brame and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Fernando Cruz Valle are one shot back in a tie for second place at 3-under 141, followed by Coastal Carolina’s Andrew Dorn in fourth place on the leaderboard at 2-under 142 following Saturday’s action.

Teaming with Thompson to lead the Tigers to an even-par 288 in the afternoon round were fellow junior Stewart Jolly and freshman Brandon Pierce as each broke par with their second-round performance.

Jolly is eyeing a third-straight top-10 finish to open the 2013-14 season as he followed a 3-over 75 in the first round with a 2-under 70 in the second round to finish the day in a six-way tie for eighth place at 1-over 145 at the University Club. Pierce rebounded from a 7-over 79 in the morning with a 1-under 71 in the afternoon to move into a tie for 31st place at 6-over 150 after 36 holes.

Rounding out LSU’s five-man lineup in Saturday’s opener were senior Smylie Kaufman in a tie for 36th place at 7-over par 151 and junior Ben Taylor in a tie for 58th place at 13-over par 157.

LSU’s individuals were also impressive with their performance on Saturday as sophomore Zach Wright led the way with scores of 4-over 76 and 3-under 69 to tie Jolly for eighth place on the leaderboard with his total of 1-over 145. Junior Myles Lewis and freshman Eric Ricard ended the day in a tie for 31st place at 6-over 150, followed by senior Landon Lyons in a tie for 63rd place at 14-over 158.

Senior All-SEC performer Andrew Presley, the defending individual champion at the David Toms Intercollegiate, posted the best round of the day by an LSU Tiger with a 5-under 67 in the first round before finishing the afternoon with a 7-over 79 to tie for 14th place with a 36-hole score of 2-over 146 heading into Sunday’s final round.

The Tigers are paired with Iowa State and Kennesaw State in Sunday’s final round and will tee off from holes Nos. 5-8 with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:30 a.m. CT. Golfstat will provide live scoring for the third round and can be found online at www.golfstat.com.

DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE – FIRST ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 564)
1. Southeastern Louisiana 281-289 – 570 -6; 2. Louisiana-Lafayette 293-291 – 584 +8; 3. Houston 288-299 – 587 +11; 4. LSU 301-288 – 589 +13; 5. Kennesaw State 298-292 – 590 +14; T6. Coastal Carolina 294-298 – 592 +16; T6. Iowa State 300-292 – 592 +16; 8. Louisiana Tech 301-297 – 598 +22; 9. South Alabama 305-301 – 606 +30; 10. Middle Tennessee State 306-301 – 607 +31; 11. Lamar 303-305 – 608 +32; 12. Rice 303-306 – 609 +33.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Eamon Bradley, Southeastern Louisiana, 71-69 – 140 -4; T2. Fernando Cruz Valle, Louisiana-Lafayette, 70-71 – 141 -3; T2. Grady Brame, Southeastern Louisiana, 72-69 – 141 -3; 4. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina, 71-71 – 142 -2; T5. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 72-72 – 144 E; T5. T5. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina, 71-73 – 144 E; T5. Lawrence Allan, Southeastern Louisiana, 67-77 – 144 E; T8. Zach Wright, LSU, 76-69 – 145 +1; T8. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 75-70 – 145 +1; T8. Paul Obermann, Southeastern Louisiana, 71-74 – 145 +1; T8. Teremoana Beaucousin, Kennesaw State, 71-74 – 145 +1; T8. Scott Fernandez, Iowa State, 74-71 – 145 +1; T8. James Ross, Houston, 72-73 – 145 +1*.

LSU SCORES
T5. Curtis Thompson, 72-72 – 144 E
T8. Stewart Jolly, 75-70 – 145 +1
T8. Zach Wright, 76-69 – 145 +1*
T14. Andrew Presley, 67-79 – 146 +2*
T31. Brandon Pierce, 79-71 – 150 +6
T31. Eric Ricard, 77-73 – 150 +6*
T31. Myles Lewis, 76-74 – 150 +6*
T36. Smylie Kaufman, 76-75 – 151 +7
T58. Ben Taylor, 78-79 – 157 +13
T63. Landon Lyons, 85-73 – 158 +14*

* - Denotes player competing as an individual.

 

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