Sam

Burns

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Golfer
Height: 6'1"
Class: Sophomore
City/State: Shreveport, La.
High School: Calvary Baptist Academy
Major: General Business
Experience: 1 Letter

Bio

2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year
2017 Fred Haskins Award Finalist
2017 PING First-Team All-American
2017 SEC Player of the Year
2017 First-Team All-SEC
2017 PING All-Southeast Region
2017 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Champion
2017 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Champion
2017 The Prestige at PGA West Champion
2017 David Toms Intercollegiate Co-Champion
2017 SEC Men's Golfer of the Week (March 1)
2016 PING Honorable Mention All-American
2016 PING All-Southeast Region

CAREER CAPSULE
Played two seasons with the Tigers before electing to turn professional following his sophomore season in the summer of 2017 … Finished his career with a 71.13 scoring average in 27 tournament appearances for the Tigers … Set LSU's single-season scoring record with a career-low 70.05 stroke average as a sophomore in 2016-17 … 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 … Also named the SEC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-SEC selection in 2017 … A two-time All-American as he also earned PING Honorable Mention All-America honors as a freshman in 2015-16 … Won four tournament titles during his collegiate career … Also earned 15 top-10 and 22 top-20 finishes among his 27 tournament appearances at LSU … Winner of the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup as a member of Team USA.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016-17)
The top player in college golf as the 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year for his outstanding performance in 2016-17 … Made history as the first LSU Tiger in program history to be named the National Player of the Year … Ended his sophomore season as the No. 2-ranked player nationally in the final Golfweek player rankings and the No. 5-ranked player nationally in the final Golfstat player rankings … Named a PING First-Team All-American and PING All-Southeast Region performer at the outset of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships … Also voted the SEC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-SEC performer for the 2016-17 season in a vote of the league's head coaches … Smashed LSU's single-season scoring record with a 70.04 stroke average in 43 competitive rounds played on the season … Won four tournaments in 15 collegiate starts during his sophomore season … Led LSU back to the NCAA Championships for the fifth-straight season as the individual champion at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional where he outlasted Oregon's Wyndham Clark by a single stroke with a winning score of 4-under par 212 at the University Club … Captured two tournament titles during the 2016 fall season as the co-champion of the David Toms Intercollegiate on his home course at the University Club in October and the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso (Texas) Country Club in November … Fired winning scores of 1-under 215 and 12-under 201, respectively, in those two events … Won the first of his two tournament titles during the 2017 spring season at the Louisiana Classics in February where he fired a 10-under par 206 in three rounds at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette … Added two runner-up finishes on the season at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in the fall where he posted a career-low tournament score of 13-under par 200 at Ka'anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii … Also finished runner-up in his spring opener at The Prestige at PGA West … Honored for his performance in each of his first two spring starts at The Prestige at PGA West and Louisiana Classics as the SEC Men's Golfer of the Week on March 1, 2017 … Enjoyed an unprecedented streak of 14-straight top-10 individual finishes during his sophomore season … Earned top-10 finishes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic (t6), Maui Jim Intercollegiate (8) and Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate (t9) in the fall and General Hackler Championship (t9), Valspar Collegiate Invitational (t4), Aggie Invitational (t6), Tiger Classic (t8) and SEC Championships (t9) in the spring … Closed the season by tying for 32nd place individually at the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove, Illinois … Helped lead the Tigers to a ninth-place team finish at the NCAA Championships for their fourth-straight top-10 NCAA finish … A part of a single-season school record six team championships during the 2016-17 season, including the Maui Jim Intercollegiate and David Toms Intercollegiate in the fall and The Prestige at PGA West, Aggie Invitational, Tiger Classic and NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in the spring … Ended his sophomore season a cumulative 63-under par in his 43 rounds and 15 events played in 2016-17 … Carded 31 rounds at par or better … Followed the collegiate season by posting a 1-2-1 in match play to help lead the United States to a decisive 19.5-11.5 win over Europe at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup held at the Atlanta Athletic Club … Placed fifth overall at the Northeast Amateur Invitational held at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island, where he carded a final score of 5-under par 271, including a 4-under 65 in the final round … Earned his second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015-16)
One of the elite players in college golf as a freshman as he finished the 2015-16 campaign as the No. 35-ranked player nationally in Golfstat's final individual player rankings … Also the No. 55-ranked player in college golf in the final individual player rankings released by Golfweek following the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships … Honored as a PING Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America … Also picked up a PING All-Southeast Region selection ... A catalyst in the Tigers advancing to match play at the NCAA Championships for the third-straight season … Matched fellow freshman Luis Gagne as the top Tigers in stroke play at the NCAA Championships, tying for 13th place with a final score of 4-over par 284 in 72 holes played at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club … Helped lead the Tigers back to the NCAA Championships by tying for 14th place on the final leaderboard at the NCAA Franklin Regional where he posted a season-low score of 7-under par 209 for 54 holes … Fired rounds of 2-under 70 in the first round and a season-low 5-under 67 in the second round at the NCAA Franklin Regional held at the Vanderbilt Legends Club … Opened the championship season by tying for 25th place at the SEC Championships held at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Earned a top-20 finish in his collegiate debut at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic in LSU's fall opener in 2015 … Fired a 3-under 69 in his first career round at The Farm Golf Club … Also earned top-20 finishes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (T16) during the fall season and Prestige at PGA West (T14), Valspar Collegiate Invitational (T12) and Aggie Invitational (T16) during the spring season … Placed fourth overall in the 36-hole Tiger Classic held at the University Club during the spring … Also featured in LSU's lineup at the David Toms Intercollegiate (T28), United States Collegiate Championship (T25) and East Lake Cup in the fall and Querencia Cabo Collegiate (T49) in the spring … Finished the season as LSU's second-leading scorer for the 2015-16 season with a 72.42 scoring average while appearing in all 13 collegiate events for the year … 15 of his 36 rounds of stroke play were at par or better … Followed the collegiate season by advancing to the Round of 32 of match play at the 116th United States Amateur Championship held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan … Earned the No. 29 seed in U.S. Amateur match play after tying for 19th place in stroke play with a two-round total of 1-under par 139 … Earned his first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
The No. 1-ranked junior golf recruit in the United States for the Class of 2015 … The No. 1-ranked junior golfer in the country, regardless of high school classification, in both the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings and Polo Junior Golf Rankings on National Signing Day … The No. 3-ranked junior golfer nationally in the final National Junior Golf Scoreboard Boys Rankings released prior to National Signing Day … Also ranked among the top amateurs worldwide as the No. 12-ranked amateur golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking … One of the most decorated members of the American Junior Golf Association during his junior career … A three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American during his prep career, earning first-team honors in 2014, second-team honors in 2013 and honorable mention honors in 2012 … Honored as the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year for his performance during the 2014 season … Crowned champion of the 2014 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions held at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee … Fired a tournament-record score of 21-under par 267 to take the title by three shots at the 2014 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, including back-to-back rounds of 7-under par 65 in the second and third rounds … Followed his victory at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions by taking the title at the 2014 Junior PGA Championship by two strokes with his winning score of 14-under par 274 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas … Victory at the 2014 Junior PGA Championship also featured a 7-under par 65 in the third round … Tied for fifth place in two other top AJGA events at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf and The PING Invitational to finish off the 2014 season … Other top-10 finishes during the 2013-14 AJGA season include a third place at the Thunderbird International Junior, a tie for fifth place at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, a ninth place at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and a tie for ninth place at the Western Junior Championship … Has earned 17 career top-10 finishes as a member of the American Junior Golf Association … Capitalized on his success during the AJGA season by competing for the United States at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup held at Blairgowie Golf Club in Blairgowie, Scotland … Was unbeaten with a 2-0-1 record in three matches to help lead the United States to a dominant 16-8 victory over the Europeans in the two-day Junior Ryder Cup held Sept. 22-23, 2014 … Tied for third place in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying before advancing to the Round of 32 in match play at the 114th United States Amateur Championship held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from Aug. 11-17, 2014 … Earned the No. 5 seed in match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship after firing a total of 5-under par 138 in two rounds of stroke-play qualifying … Lost a playoff for the 2014 Sunnehanna Amateur title after tying for first place after 72 holes with a score of 6-under par 274 in the event held at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pennsylvania … Officially finished as the runner-up at the 2014 Sunnehanna Amateur … Helped lead the West squad to back-to-back AJGA Wyndham Cup titles in 2013 and 2014 … One of the most decorated junior golfers in the history of high school golf in the state of Louisiana … Helped lead Calvary Baptist Academy to a total of five-straight Louisiana High School Athletics Association state championships from 2010-14 … A three-time individual state champion during his time at Calvary Baptist Academy … Won back-to-back LHSAA Division III state titles with winning scores of 2-under par 140 in 2013 and 8-under par 134 at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport … Also crowned the LHSAA Division IV state champion in 2012 with a winning score of 6-under par 138 in the event held at Atchafalaya Country Club in Patterson, Louisiana.

PERSONAL
Full name is Samuel Holland Burns … Born on July 23, 1996 … Parents are Todd and Beth Burns … Has an older sister, Tori, and an older brother, Chase … Father and brother both played football at Louisiana Tech … An honor roll student during his prep career at Calvary Baptist Academy … Majoring in general business at LSU.

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