Former LSU Golfer, Sam Burns, In PGA Event Contention
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BATON ROUGE – Former LSU All-America and 2016-17 national golfer of the year Sam Burns of Shreveport, is in contention for a PGA title as the amateur posted a second straight 66 at the Barbasol Championships at the Grand National Lakes Course in Opelika, Alabama.
Burns, who is expected to remain an amateur through his appearance in this year’s Walker Cup, posted six birdies with just one bogey to stand after 54 holes at 13-under par 200 (68-66-66). He is in a group tied for sixth place, six shots out of the lead of Scott Stallings, a three-time career winner of the PGA Tour, who posted an 11-under par 60 in Saturday’s third round.
Stallings stands at 19-under par 194, but he is only up by one shot and 11 golfers are within six shots of the lead.
Burns finished his career with a 71.13 scoring average in 27 tournament appearances in his two years for the Tigers. He set LSU's single-season scoring record with a career-low 70.05 stroke average as a sophomore in 2016-17. He was the top player in college golf during his sophomore season while being named the NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year and a PING First-Team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Burns was also named the SEC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-SEC selection in 2017.
He won four tournament titles during his collegiate career and had 15 top-10 and 22 top-20 finishes among his 27 tournament appearances at LSU. He helped Team USA win the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup.
Burns will be trying to duplicate or better the performance of amateur Braden Thornberry, an Ole Miss golfer, who finished in a tie for fourth at the FedEx St Jude Classic earlier in the summer.
LSU’s Smylie Kaufman shot a 68 on Saturday and is 11-under 202 and in a group T14, while Andrew Loupe struggled with a 79 on Saturday and is 2-over 215 and in 82nd place.
The final round will be televised by The Golf Channel beginning at approximately 3 p.m. CT following The Open post-tournament show.