Sam Burns is closing in on his 10th-straight top-10 finish this season!
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Burns Edges Closer to Another Top 10 Finish

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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PALM CITY, Fla. – Sophomore Sam Burns rebounded from an opening-round 4-over par 75 on Sunday with a 2-under par 69 in Monday’s second round at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational as the nation’s No. 1-ranked player edged closer to his 10th-straight top-10 finish in the event being held this week at Floridian Golf Club.

Burns, who teed off early Monday morning in a tie for 27th place on the individual leaderboard, soared 16 spots up the standings into a tie for 11th place with a 36-hole score of 2-over par 144 with his 69.

Burns was quick out of the gate with a birdie on his opening hole at the par-four first before trading shots in successive holes with birdies at Nos. 5 and 7 alongside bogeys at Nos. 4, 6 and 8. After turning at even-par on the day, Burns was flawless on the back nine while carding birdies at the par-five 13th and par-three 16th holes to finish a team-leading 2-under for the round.

The Ben Hogan Award and Haskins Award frontrunner finds himself just one shot outside the Top 10 of the leaderboard heading into Tuesday’s final round as he eyes his 10th top-10 finish in 10 starts this season. Burns’ nine previous starts includes three wins as the has yet to finish outside the final Top 10 of any event during his sophomore season.

A fourth victory this season is still within reach as he will tee off in Tuesday’s final round four shots back of co-leaders Eric Bae of Wake Forest and Thomas Rosenmueller of North Texas with matching 2-under 140s.

Tigers Tied For Sixth

The fifth-ranked Tigers cut nine shots off their opening score of 13-over par 297 in Sunday’s round with a 4-over 288 on Monday to finish the afternoon tied for sixth place with North Texas at 17-over 585.

Wake Forest overcame a three-shot deficit to Texas A&M at the start of the second round to grab a nine-shot lead at the end of the day as the Demon Deacons matched the lowest score in the field at 4-under par 280. They left the course with a two-round total of 3-over 571 for a nine-shot lead over Houston in second place at 12-over 580. Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech tied for third place at 14-over 582, while first-round-leading Texas A&M slipped into fifth place at 15-over par 583 after finishing at 11-over par as a team in the second round.

Counting Scores

Along with Burns’ 2-under 69, LSU counted three scores of 2-over 73 in the second round as senior Brandon Pierce, sophomore Luis Gagne and freshman Philip Barbaree joined in the team’s 4-over 288 on the day.

Pierce remained in the Top 20 of the leaderboard in a tie for 19th place overall as he fired his second-straight round of 2-over 73 for a two-day total of 4-over par 146. Barbaree fell six spots into a tie for 33rd place overall as he followed his 4-over 75 on Sunday with a 2-over 73 on Monday to sit at 6-over par after 36 holes. Gagne ended play in the second round tied for 43rd place with a cumulative 7-over 149.

Rounding out the LSU lineup was senior Eric Ricard, who carded a 5-over 76 in the second round after opening the tournament with a 3-over 74. Ricard ended play Monday in a tie for 46th place individually at 8-over this week. Sophomore Nathan Jeansonne, playing as an individual, actually posted the team’s second-lowest score of the day behind Burns’ 69 as he fired a 1-over 72 to climb into a tie for 53rd place at 10-over par 152.

Final Round Pairings

The Tigers will again tee off in the first wave off the front nine at Floridian Golf Club as they are paired with Georgia Tech and Texas A&M in Tuesday’s final round. Golfstat will provide live scoring for the final round this week as fans can follow the Tigers in action at http://www.golfstat.com as they close out this year’s Valspar Collegiate Invitational.

VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL – SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 568)
1. Wake Forest 291-280 – 571 +3; 2. Houston 295-285 – 580 +12; T3. Oklahoma State 302-280 – 582 +14; T3. Georgia Tech 301-281 – 582 +14; 5. Texas A&M 288-295 – 583 +15; T6. LSU 297-288 – 585 +17; T6. North Texas 292-293 – 585 +17; 8. South Carolina 300-287 – 587 +19; 9. Texas 295-293 – 588 +20; 10. Florida State 303-287 – 590 +22; 11. Minnesota 304-288 – 592 +24; 12. Arkansas 303-291 – 594 +26; 13. South Florida 300-296 – 596 +28; 14. Memphis 308-300 – 608 +40.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 142)
T1. Thomas Rosenmueller, North Texas, 69-71 – 140 -2; T1. Eric Bae, Wake Forest, 73-67 – 140 -2; T3. Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State, 70-71 – 141 -1; T3. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 71-70 – 141 -1; T5. Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest, 70-72 – 142 E; T5. Riley Johnson, Minnesota, 72-70 – 142 E; T5. Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech, 73-69 – 142 E; T8. Papito Gonzalez, Houston, 69-74 – 143 +1; T8. Rigel Fernandes, South Florida, 71-72 – 143 +1; T8. Zachary Olsen, Oklahoma State, 75-68 – 143 +1.

LSU SCORES
T11. Sam Burns, 75-69 – 144 +2
T19. Brandon Pierce, 73-73 – 146 +4
T33. Philip Barbaree, 75-73 – 148 +6
T43. Luis Gagne, 76-73 – 149 +7
T46. Eric Ricard, 74-76 – 150 +8
T53. Nathan Jeansonne, 80-72 – 152 +10*

* - Indicates player competing as an individual.

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