Luis Gagne (right) returns as a two-time All-American in his LSU career!
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No. 7 Men's Golf Opens Season at Carpet Capital

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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BATON ROUGE – The No. 7-ranked LSU Men’s Golf team is set to open its campaign at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic for the seventh-straight season as many of the nation’s top teams will tee off in Friday’s first round in the 29th-annual event returning to The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Georgia.

The Farm Golf Club will play to a par 72 and 7,012 yards for the three-day, 54-hole championship as the first groups will be on the course at 7 a.m. CT with tee times scheduled for the front and back nines.

Preseason Rankings

In the wake of LSU’s ninth-place team finish at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships last spring, the Tigers were tabbed the No. 7-ranked team in the country entering the 2017 fall season in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll. This marks the second-straight season in which LSU opens ranked as high as No. 7 nationally.

The Field

LSU is among two top-10 and seven top-20 teams in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Top 25 opening their seasons at the 29th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic this weekend as the Tigers are sure to be title contenders along with No. 10-ranked Florida, No. 13-ranked Auburn, No. 15-ranked Virginia, No. 17-ranked Clemson, No. 18-ranked Georgia Tech and No. 19-ranked Alabama.

Rounding out the 15-team field teeing off at The Farm Golf Club are California, South Carolina and Tennessee from the Power Five along with Chattanooga, Dalton State, Kennesaw State, North Florida and Troy.

LSU tees off alongside Florida and Virginia as part of the featured pairing in Friday’s opening round as they are scheduled to start play at 8:30 a.m. CT from the front nine. Live scoring throughout the tournament can be found on Golfstat’s website at http://www.golfstat.com. Fans can also receive live updates of the Tigers in action by following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lsumensgolf.

Last Year

Virginia tees off Friday as the defending team champion at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic after scoring a six-shot victory over Auburn in the 28th-annual event a year ago with a winning score of 31-under par 833. It proved to be a two-team race in the final round as Clemson finished 15 shots off the pace in third place at 16-under par.

The Tigers capped their appearance in 2016 with a final score of 12-under par 852 to place fourth for the second-straight season after also earning that position the year before. LSU owns a best finish of third during the team’s 2013 fall opener since returning to the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic six years ago.

Georgia Tech All-American Luke Schniederjans returns to defend his individual title as he fired an 11-under 205 for 54 holes to nip Auburn’s Ryan Benton and North Florida’s Phillip Knowles for the title.

The Lineup

Junior All-American Luis Gagne and sophomore Philip Barbaree lead the Tigers into their season opener after last appearing in the lineup at the NCAA Championships in May where they helped the team earn its fourth top-10 national finish in a row to close the 2016-17 campaign.

Gagne, a two-time PING Honorable Mention All-American in his first two seasons at LSU, enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in the team’s history as a sophomore while posting a career-low 71.35 scoring average and earning a career-best seven top-10 and 12 top-20 finishes. He ended the season as the No. 25-ranked player in college golf in the final Golfweek individual player rankings.

Barbaree appeared in all nine tournaments for the Tigers during the 2017 spring season after enrolling in January and posted a 73.68 scoring average while picking up one top-10 and two top-20 finishes on the year.

Junior Nathan Jeansonne, who made eight tournament appearances for the Tigers while averaging 73.09 strokes per round as a sophomore in 2016-17, joins Gagne and Barbaree as experienced members of LSU’s first lineup of the fall season. Jeansonne most notably won LSU’s Tiger Classic event last April with a score of 9-under par 135 for his second top-10 and fourth top-20 finish in eight starts overall.

Two members of LSU’s touted Class of 2017 will make their collegiate debuts at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic this weekend as freshmen Jacob Bergeron of Slidell and Trey Winstead of Baton Rouge round out the lineup teeing off at The Farm. Both were AJGA Rolex Junior Second-Team All-Americans and top-20 recruits nationally as high school seniors a year ago.

Next Up

After opening its 2017-18 season at the 29th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate this weekend, LSU travels to Scottsdale, Arizona, to defend its team championship at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate slated to run Sept. 22-24 at Mirabel Golf Club. The Tigers then host their annual David Toms Intercollegiate from Oct. 7-8 at the University Club in Baton Rouge.

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