Gagne Sets Pace for Men's Golf on Day 1 in Hawaii
MAUI, Hawaii – Fueled by eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch early in his opening round, LSU junior All-American Luis Gagne fired a career-low 7-under 64 on Friday to lead the 10th-ranked Tigers into a tie for second place in the first round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic being held at Ka’anapali Golf Club.
The Tigers posted their lowest team round of the 2017 fall season with an impressive 16-under par 268 to finish the day just two shots off the pace in a tie with SEC rival South Carolina for second place overall.
Four Tigers lit up the par-71 layout at Ka’anapali Golf Club while breaking par in Friday’s opener as Gagne was joined on the board by sophomore Philip Barbaree with a 4-under 67, freshman Trey Winstead with a score of 3-under 68 and freshman Jacob Bergeron with a 2-under 69 as the four counting scores. Junior Nathan Jeansonne and sophomore Carter Toms, playing as an individual, both added rounds of 1-over 72.
LSU smashed its previous season-low team round of 11-under par 277 posted in the second round at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 7 while locking up its first team championship of the fall season.
With their performance Friday, the Tigers matched their 16-under par final round at last year’s Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic while tying for the third-lowest team round in relation to par in more than 30 seasons.
Gagne Goes Low
After making bogey on his very first hole of the day at the par-four fourth, Gagne reeled off eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch to reach 7-under par for his round while picking up shots on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 9 on the front side and Nos. 10-13 to open the back nine. He traded shots with a bogey at the par-five first hole and a birdie at the par-three second hole for a career-low round of 7-under 64 on the day.
Only Wyoming’s Drew McCullough separated Gagne from the top of the leaderboard as McCullough opened the championship with an 8-under 63 to grab a one-shot lead with 36 holes to play. Gagne ended the day in a three-way tie for second place at 7-under par with California’s Collin Morikawa and Boise State’s Brian Humphreys.
By opening the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic with a team-best 64, Gagne edged his previous career-low score of 6-under 65 that he posted in both the first and second rounds at the 2016 Maui Jim Intercollegiate last fall while winning his first collegiate title at LSU.
Barbaree finished the day just one shot outside the Top 10 of the leaderboard with his 4-under 67 as he carded six birdies and two bogeys to tie for 12th place with his lowest round of the fall season. Winstead ended a round at par or better for the fifth-straight time with his 3-under 68 to tie for 20th place, while Bergeron rounded out the lineup with a 2-under 69 to tie for 35th place in the overall standings.
Jeansonne and Toms tied one another for 65th place on the day with their matching 1-over 72s as Toms signed for his second-lowest round of the season and third-lowest of his young LSU career.
The Tigers are paired with California, South Carolina and Kent State in Saturday’s second round as foursomes will tee off from holes Nos. 1-3 with a shotgun start beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT. Fans can follow the Tigers out in Hawaii throughout the weekend by following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsumensgolf and Golfstat’s live scoring at http://www.golfstat.com.
KA’ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 284)
1. California 266 -18; T2. LSU 268 -16; T2. South Carolina 268 -16; 4. Kent State 272 -12; 5. West Virginia 274 -10; T6. Houston 275 -9; T6. Boise State 275 -9; T8. Pepperdine 276 -8; T8. Georgia 276 -8; T8. Indiana 276 -8; 11. Kansas 277 -7; 12. Wyoming 278 -6; 13. Connecticut 279 -5; 14. Bowling Green 282 -2; 15. Hawaii 286 +2; T16. Air Force 287 +3; T16. Gonzaga 287 +3; T16. Loyola Marymount 287 +3; T16. Sacramento State 287 +3; T16. Ball State 287 +3; 21. Hawaii (B) 303 +19.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 71)
1. Drew McCullough, Wyoming, 63 -8; T2. Luis Gagne, LSU, 64 -7; T2. Collin Morikawa, California, 64 -7; T2. Brian Humphreys, Boise State, 64 -7; 5. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 65 -6; T6. Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine, 66 -5; T6. Will Miles, South Carolina, 66 -5; T6. Avery Schneider, West Virginia, 66 -5; T6. Riley Elmes, Loyola Marymount, 66 -5; T6. Brendon Doyle, Indiana, 66 -5; T6. Ian Holt, Kent State, 66 -5.
* - Denotes player competing as an individual.