Nathan Jeansonne cracked the Top 10 of the leaderboard in a tie for 9th with his opening-round 71 (-1)!
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Jeansonne Breaks Par in Carpet Capital Round 1

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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ROCKY FACE, Ga. – With six birdies dotting his scorecard in Friday’s opener at the 29th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic, Nathan Jeansonne broke par with a 1-under 71 in the first round of his junior season to lead No. 7-ranked LSU into a tie for fifth place in the event being held at The Farm Golf Club.

While adding counting scores of 1-over par 73 from both junior All-American Luis Gagne and freshman Jacob Bergeron and 3-over par 75 from sophomore Philip Barbaree, the Tigers recorded a team total of 4-over 292 to South Carolina for fifth place in the 15-team field through the first 18 holes.

No. 10-ranked Florida will take a one-shot lead over Tennessee into Saturday’s second round after opening with a 7-under 281, while 18th-ranked Georgia Tech also broke par with a 1-under 287 for third place.

Jeansonne Cracks Top 10

Jeansonne was among 13 players to finish Friday’s action in red figures as he tied four other players for ninth place on the leaderboard with his opening 1-under 71. He heads into the second round on Saturday five off the pace set by Florida’s Alejandro Tosti as the Gator standout posted a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Tennessee’s Chase Roswall in second place at 5-under 67.

The Shreveport native traded shots on the front nine with birdies at the par-four fourth and sixth holes and bogeys at the par-three fifth and par-four seventh to turn at even-par for his round. Jeansonne then caught fire on the back nine with four birdies in a six-hole stretch at Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 15. A bogey at the par-four 16th and double bogey at the par-four 18th brought Jeansonne back to 1-under par for the day.

He is off to a fast start in the 2017 fall season after earning three top-10 finishes and averaging 73.03 strokes per round in 15 tournament appearances between his first two seasons with the Tigers.

Solid Debut

Bergeron counted a 1-over 73 in his first career round as a Tiger as an eagle at the par-five 12th and birdie at the 16th fueled a 2-under back nine after making the turn at 3-over par on the day. That performance tied him for 22nd place on the leaderboard with Gagne, who carded a round of 73 of his own with two birdies, one bogey and one double bogey on his scorecard.

Gagne is the team’s top returning performer from a season ago when he posted career-bests with six top-10 finishes and an exceptional 71.35 scoring average en route to PING Honorable Mention All-America honors. That resume earned him a No. 25 national ranking in the final Golfweek individual player rankings of the 2016-17 season.

Barbaree rounded out LSU’s counting scores on the day with a 3-over 75 to tie for 44th place overall, while freshman Trey Winstead shot a 4-under 76 to tie for 53rd place on the leaderboard in his first career round.

Saturday Tee Times

The second wave of teams off the front nine in Saturday’s second round will have an SEC flair as LSU tees off alongside Auburn and South Carolina beginning at 7:45 a.m. CT. Golfstat will feature live scoring for both the second and third rounds of the tournament as fans can follow along at http://golfstat.com and by following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsumensgolf.

29TH-ANNUAL CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FIRST ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
1. Florida 281 -7; 2. Tennessee 282 -6; 3. Georgia Tech 287 -1; 4. Auburn 289 +1; T5. LSU 292 +4; T5. South Carolina 292 +4; 7. Dalton State 293 +5; T8. North Florida 294 +6; T8. Alabama 294 +6; 10. Clemson 295 +7; 11. California 296 +8; 12. Kennesaw State 298 +10; 13. Virginia 303 +15; 14. Troy 308 +20; 15. Chattanooga 314 +26.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
1. Alejandro Tosti, Florida, 66 -7; 2. Chase Roswall, Tennessee, 67 -5; 3. Lorenzo Scalise, Tennessee, 68 -4; T4. Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech, 69 -3; T4. Trace Crowe, Auburn, 69 -3; T4. Chase Cole, Dalton State, 69 -3; T7. Connor Coffee, Kennesaw State, 70 -2; T7. Turk Pettit, Clemson, 70 -2; T9. Nathan Jeansonne, LSU, 71 -1; T9. T9. K.K. Limbhasut, California, 71 -1; T9. Chris Nido, Florida, 71 -1; T9. Caleb Proveaux, South Carolina, 71 -1; T9. Chris Petefish, Georgia Tech, 71 -1.

LSU SCORES
T9. Nathan Jeansonne, 71 -1
T22. Luis Gagne, 73 +1
T22. Jacob Bergeron, 73 +1
T44. Philip Barbaree, 75 +3
T53. Trey Winstead, 76 +4