LAFAYETTE, La. - Sophomore Andrew Presley and senior Sang Yi claimed the top two spots atop the leaderboard during Monday's action at the 2012 Louisiana Classics as the duo led the No. 16-ranked LSU men's golf team to the top of the team standings after 36 holes of this year's championship being held this week at Louisiana-Lafayette's Oakbourne Country Club.
Presley fired back-to-back rounds of 4-under par 68 on Monday afternoon to claim a two-stroke lead over Yi with his 36-hole score of 8-under 136. Yi followed a 1-under 71 in the opening round with a team-best 5-under 67 in the second round to finish the day two shots off the pace at 6-under 138.
The Tigers were impressive in recording team scores of 5-under 283 in the morning and a seasonal best of 9-under 279 in the afternoon to grab a four-shot lead over 20th-ranked Kent State in the team race.
After tying South Alabama for the lead with matching scores of 5-under par 283 on Monday morning, the Tigers took control of the team race with their lowest team score since firing an 11-under par 277 with the second round of the 2011 Schenkel Invitational on March 19 of last season.
The Tigers have put themselves in a position to claim their first team championship of the 2011-12 season and their second victory in three seasons at the Louisiana Classics with Monday's performance.
The Memphis Tigers trail LSU by five strokes in sole possession of third place in the team standings after posting a 36-hole score of 9-under par 567 during Monday's opening day of competition. The SMU Mustangs follow in fourth place with a team score of 7-under 569 in two rounds, while The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes round out the top five of the leaderboard in fifth place with a 36-hole score of 2-under 574.
Presley is well positioned to not only earn the first top-10 finish of his sophomore campaign, but battle Yi for his first collegiate championship as one of the emerging talents in the Southeastern Conference.
Presley was impressive in 36 holes of action while carding 11 birdies and one eagle on the day en route to back-to-back rounds of 4-under 68, matching the lowest round of his collegiate career.
Yi is also in position to capture his first tournament championship as an LSU Tiger after firing two scores of 1-under 71 and 5-under 67 during Monday's competition. With a score 5-under 67 in the second round, Yi matched the lowest round of his collegiate career that was last carded in the opening round of the John Hayt Invitational in LSU's spring opener just eight days ago on Feb. 26.
Yi kicked off the spring season by leading the Tigers with a tie for fourth place on the leaderboard during the John Hayt Invitational for his third top-five finish and fourth top-10 finish of the season.
While competing for his first tournament championship as an LSU Tiger on Tuesday, Yi has twice earned a tie for third place for his best collegiate finish. He first accomplished the feat at the 2010 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate during his sophomore season before opening his senior campaign with a similar finish at the 2011 Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic back in the fall.
Sophomore Landon Lyons is also poised for a strong finish in his first action of the spring season in firing rounds of 1-under 71 and even-par 72 to tie for 19th place with a 36-hole score of 1-under par 143.
Rounding out LSU's five-man starting lineup is senior Austin Gutgsell in a tie for 33rd place at 1-over 145 and freshman Stewart Jolly at 3-over 147. Gutgsell carded rounds of 1-over 73 and even-par 72, while Jolly added scores of 2-over 74 and 1-over 73 to help lead the Tigers to the top of the team standings.
Sophomore Franco Castro led a group of three Tigers competing as individuals this week with two rounds of 2-over 74 and 2-under 70 on Monday to finish the day in a tie for 26th place at even-par 144.
In addition, sophomore Smylie Kaufman carded rounds at even-par 72 and 3-over 75 to finish the day in a tie for 44th place at 3-over 147 and freshman Myles Lewis posted rounds of 2-over 74 and 6-over 78 to tie for 73rd place at 8-over 152 on the opening day of competition at the Louisiana Classics.
The Tigers are paired with Kent State and Memphis in Tuesday's final round and will tee off beginning at 8 a.m. CT on the front nine. Live scoring of the final round of the 2012 Louisiana Classics can be found at www.golfstat.com. Live updates on the Tigers competing can also be found by liking LSU Men's Golf on Facebook and following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter.
LOUISIANA CLASSICS - SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. LSU 283-279 - 562 -14; 2. Kent State 285-281 - 566 -10; 3. Memphis 284-283 - 567 -9; 4. SMU 285-284 - 569 -7; 5. Tulsa 290-284 - 574 -2; T6. Louisiana-Lafayette 289-287 - 576 E; T6. Southeastern Louisiana 291-285 - 576 E; T8. South Alabama 283-294 - 577 +1; T8. Texas State 295-282 - 577 +1; 10. Houston 288-290 - 578 +2; 11. Kansas 297-284 - 581 +5; T12. NC State 289-295 - 584 +8; T12. Illinois 287-297 - 584 +8; T14. South Mississippi 299-288 - 587 +11; T14. UTSA 294-293 - 587 +11.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Andrew Presley, LSU, 68-68 - 136 -8; 2. Sang Yi, LSU, 71-67 - 138 -6; T3. Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State, 69-70 - 139 -5; T3. Grant Milner, Memphis, 69-70 - 139 -5; T5. Jake Belote, Memphis, 67-73 - 140 -4; T5. Albin Choi, NC State, 71-69 - 140 -4; T5. Luke Guthrie, Illinois, 69-71 - 140 -4; T5. Tyler Klava, South Alabama, 68-72 - 140 -4; T5. James Ross, Houston, 71-69 - 140 -4; T5. Rhys West, Southeastern Louisiana, 72-68 - 140 -4.
1. Andrew Presley, 68-68 - 136 -8
2. Sang Yi, 71-67, 138 -6
T19. Landon Lyons, 71-72 - 143 -1
T26. Franco Castro, 74-70 - 144 E*
T33. Austin Gutgsell, 73-72 - 145 +1
T44. Stewart Jolly, 74-73 - 147 +3
T44. Smylie Kaufman, 72-75 - 147 +3*
T73. Myles Lewis, 74-78 - 152 +8*
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.