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John Peterson
Height: 5'11"
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Fort Worth, Texas
High School: Paschal HS
Major: Sport Leadership
Born: 04/18/1989
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John Peterson Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/14/2011

2011 NCAA Champion
2011 Arnold Palmer Award
2011 Ben Hogan Award Watch List
2011 PING First-Team All-American
2011 Golfweek Second-Team All-American
2011 PING All-Southeast Region
2011 SEC Championships Runner-Up
2011 First-Team All-SEC
2011 Jones Cup Champion
2010 U.S. Amateur Participant
2010 Ben Hogan Award Watch List
2010 PING Honorable Mention All-American
2010 PING All-Southeast Region
2010 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2009 John Hayt Invitational Champion
2009 U.S. Amateur Participant
2009 Golfweek Second-Team All-American
2009 PING Second-Team All-American
2009 PING All-Southeast Region
2009 First-Team All-SEC
2009 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2009 LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year
2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2008 SEC All-Freshman Team

CAREER CAPSULE
One of the most decorated players in the history of the LSU men's golf program ... Crowned the 2011 NCAA Individual Champion ... Took home medalist honors at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships by firing a 5-under par 211 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. ... One of only three LSU Tigers to win the NCAA individual title in program history, joining Fred Haas, Jr. (1937) and Earl Stewart (1941) ... A three-time All-American and two-time All-SEC performer ... Named a PING First-Team All-American and Golfweek Second-Team All-American following his national championship victory in 2011 ... Also chosen a Second-Team All-America selection in 2009 and an Honorable Mention All-America selection in 2010 ... Joins Eddie Merrins (1952-54), B.R. McLendon (1965-67), Rob McNamara (1985-87) and David Toms (1987-89) as the only three-time All-Americans in program history ... Picked as a First-Team All-SEC performer in 2009 and 2011 by the league's head coaches ... Finished his collegiate career with a 72.58 scoring average in 49 tournament starts and 146 rounds played ... His career scoring average ranks No. 2 among all LSU golfers since 1982 ... Wrapped up his career with two tournament victories, as well as 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10 finishes and 27 top-20 finishes in 49 appearances.

SENIOR SEASON (2010-11)
Ended his collegiate career with one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the LSU men's golf program ... Crowned the 2011 NCAA Individual Champion ... Took home medalist honors at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships by firing a 5-under par 211 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. ... Ended the first round of the NCAA Championships in a tie for 47th place with a 2-over 74 in the first round ... Catapulted himself 47 places up the leader board by firing a competitive course record and career-low round at 7-under par 65 in the second round to take over the individual lead at the NCAA Championships ... Finished with an even-par 72 in the final round to earn a one-shot victory over UCLA's Patrick Cantlay ... Followed his win by earning PING First-Team All-America and Golfweek Second-Team All-America honors ... Also presented the Arnold Palmer Award by Callaway as the NCAA's individual medalist ... Finished the season as the No. 13-ranked player in the country in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings ... Named a First-Team All-SEC selection for the second time in his LSU career ... Nearly captured the SEC individual championship after firing a 1-under 209 in three rounds at the 2011 SEC Men's Golf Championships ... The championship was held at the par-70 layout at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club ... Finished the event in a tie for first place after 54 holes of stroke play ... Dropped a one-hole, sudden-death playoff to Florida's Andres Echavarria for the SEC individual title ... Fired rounds of 2-under 68, 1-over 71 and even-par 70 at the Seaside Course ... Also earned a top-10 finish in NCAA Regional play for the second time in his career as he tied for sixth place at the NCAA East Regional Championships held at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg ... Posted a 1-under 215 to lead the Tigers to a fourth-place finish in the final regional standings and earn a spot in the 30-team field at the NCAA Championships ... Helped LSU to a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships for its best national finish since an 18th place in 1997 ... Among the career lows set during his senior year were scoring average (71.53), lowest round (65), top-10 finishes (9) and top-20 finishes (12) ... Cut nearly one full stroke off his previous career-low scoring average at 71.53 strokes per round in 13 tournament starts on the year ... Was consistent throughout the year as 25 of 39 rounds were at par or better ... His best 54-hole tournament score of the season was a 6-under 210 fired in tying for second place on the leaderboard at the David Toms Intercollegiate ... Was the team's top finisher in the starting lineup while leading the Tigers to the team crown at the David Toms Intercollegiate with a season-low team score of 16-under 848 ... Contributed to LSU's lowest tournament score in at least 30 years with a collegiate course record of 16-under 848 at the Country Club of Louisiana ... Tied for third place on the leaderboard with a score of 1-over par 217 at the LSU National Invitational held at the University Club in the 2011 regular-season finale ... Also earned top-10 finishes in team wins at the Gopher Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate ... Tied for seventh place in each event with scores of 2-under par 211 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and 4-over par 220 at the Gopher Invitational ... Added two other top-10 finishes with a sixth-place finish at the Louisiana Classics and 10th-place finish at the Schenkel Invitational ... Won the individual championship at the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational in February between the end of the fall season and start of the spring season ... Was a playoff winner of the Jones Cup over teen phenom and Texas Longhorns signee Jordan Speith for the event held at Ocean Forest Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. ... Shot 1-over 217 to finish in a tie for first place with Speith in stroke play ... Earned his fourth career varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10)
Earned All-America honors for the second time in his career on the strength of a top-10 finish at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships ... Became the first LSU Tiger since Perry Moss in 1991 to earn a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships by tying for sixth place with a 54-hole score of 5-under par 211 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Led the Tigers to a 24th-place finish in the final team standings in their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 1997 ... Performance at the NCAA Championships helped solidify an honorable mention All-America selection by PING ... Was also a PING All-Southeast Region selection ... Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with a first-team All-Louisiana selection ... Wrapped up the season as the No. 69-ranked college golfer in the country in the Golfweek individual rankings ... Finished the season with three top-10 and five top-20 finishes ... In addition to his performance at the NCAA Championships, earned top-10 finishes at the Gary Koch Invitational (Oct. 3-4) with a third-place finish and David Toms Intercollegiate (Oct. 26-27) with a runner-up finish on the leaderboard ... Shattered his career-low tournament score at the Gary Koch Invitational with a 54-hole score of 12-under 204 for a third-place finish ... Was the lowest 54-hole tournament score by an LSU Tiger golfer since at least 1985 ... Fired an 8-under 205 for a second-place finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate ... Carded four rounds of 5-under par on the year to set a new career-low in relation to par ... Fired a pair of 5-under 66s at the David Toms Intercollegiate and a pair of 5-under 67s at the Gary Koch Invitational ... Led the Tigers to the team title at the David Toms Intercollegiate ... Also helped LSU capture team championships at the Louisiana Classics (March 8-9) and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (March 28-30) during the spring season ... Helped lead LSU to fifth-place finishes at the SEC Championships and NCAA Central Regional Championships in the postseason ... Set a new career low with a 72.29 scoring average in 38 competitive rounds ... One of three Tigers to play in all 13 tournaments on the year ... Fired 19 rounds at par or better ... Followed the collegiate season with his second appearance in the United States Amateur Championship, where he finished in a tie for 65th place in stroke play at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash. ... Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time ... Earned his third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09)
Enjoyed a breakout sophomore season in which he established himself as one of the premier players in all of college golf ... Was the first LSU Tiger to earn All-America status since 2003 ... Named a PING Second-Team All-American and PING All-Southeast Region performer ... Was also named a Golfweek Second-Team All-American ... Finished the 2008-09 campaign ranked No. 21 in Golfweek's ranking of the top college golfers in the country ... Cut nearly two strokes off his scoring average from the 2007-08 season as he led the team with a 72.48 stroke average in 33 competitive rounds ... Recorded 17 rounds at par or better ... One of only two Tigers to compete in all 11 tournaments on the season ... Scoring average ranked No. 9 among all golfers in the Southeastern Conference ... Finished the season with a team-leading five top-five, six top-10 and eight top-20 finishes ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors for his outstanding performance ... Became the first LSU Tiger in four years to win medalist honors as he took home the individual title at the John Hayt Invitational on Feb. 24 with a 54-hole score of 2-under par 214 ... Finished the season with four-straight third-place finishes individually at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (March 29-31), Reunion Intercollegiate (April 5-7), SEC Men's Golf Championships (April 17-19) and NCAA South Central Regional (May 14-16) ... Fired a season-low 8-under 205 to finish third at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate ... Became the first LSU Tiger to earn a top-five finish at the SEC Championships since John Humphries in 2003 ... Led the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the conference tourney ... Posted a 6-under 210 in three rounds at the SEC Championships ... Also opened the season with a seventh-place finish at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 12-14) ... Just missed earning a spot in the NCAA Championships after tying for third place at the NCAA South Central Regional with a three-round score of 5-over 221 ... Dropped a two-hole playoff with Baylor's Cody Paladino for the individual qualifying spot to the NCAA Championships ... Led the Tigers to three team titles at the Gopher Invitational, John Hayt Invitational and Reunion Intercollegiate ... Picked up his first selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Earned his second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)
Teamed with fellow freshmen Andrew Loupe and Clayton Rotz to form one of the elite freshman classes in all of college golf ... Finished the season as the nation's fourth-ranked freshman class according to the Golfstat Top 25 Freshman Class Impact Ranking ... Earned distinction as one of the top freshmen in the Southeastern Conference by being named to the inaugural SEC All-Freshman Team ... Was the only Tiger to crack the starting lineup in all 12 tournaments during the 2007-08 season ... Was second on the team with a 74.11 scoring average in 36 competitive rounds ... Scoring average ranked eighth among freshmen in the SEC ... Recorded 10 rounds at par or better ... Fired a season-low 4-under 67 in his very first round of collegiate competition ... Posted one top-10 and two top-20 finishes in his rookie season ... Helped lead the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the Bank of America Intercollegiate (April 7-8) by tying for fifth place with a seasonal-best score of 3-under 213 ... Finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings at the ClubGlove Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-23) ... Made his first career appearance at the SEC Men's Golf Championships, where he finished in a tie for 25th ... Helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAA Regional appearance in three seasons ... Finished tied for 101st place at the 2008 NCAA West Regional in Bremerton, Wash. ... Earned his first varsity letter.

HIGH SCHOOL
Widely considered the top high school senior in the state of Texas for the Class of 2007 ... Ranked among the nation's Top 100 junior golfers regardless of class in the final Polo Junior Golf Rankings, National Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index ... One of the nation's top performers as a member of the prestigious American Junior Golf Association ... Won his first career AJGA event at the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship in June 2007 by firing an impressive 54-hole score of 10-under 206 at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas ... Earned a total of six top-10 finishes and never missed a cut in his career on the AJGA ... Qualified for the match play competition at the 2006 United States Junior Amateur Championship at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. ... Played his high school golf at Paschal High School under the direction of head coach Trampas Wilson ... Was named the Golf Super Team Boys Player of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram following an outstanding senior season ... Wrapped up his high school career by leading his team to back-to-back state titles at the University Interscholastic League Class 5A state tournament in 2006 and 2007 ... Led his team's championship charge in 2006 with six birdies on the back nine ... Was the state runner-up as an individual during his senior season, posting rounds of 70 and 68 for the championship ... Also won individual district and regional championships in addition to his runner-up finish at the state tournament ... Named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Boys Super Team on two other occasions ... A first-team all-state performer in 2006 and a three-time all-district selection in his high school career ... Finished his senior season with six tournament victories and an impressive 70.5 scoring average ... Lowest competitive round during his high school career was a 64.

PERSONAL
Full name is John Herring Peterson ... Born on April 18, 1989 ... Son of David and Jan Peterson ... Mother is a graduate of LSU ... Has two younger brothers, Joel and Joshua, and a younger sister, Elizabeth ... Brother, Joel, and sister, Elizabeth, are LSU students ... Elizabeth is a member of the LSU cheerleading squad ... Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership ... Plays right handed.

 

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