Men's Golf to Host David Toms Intercollegiate
BATON ROUGE – With thunderstorms expected in the Baton Rouge area this weekend, the schedule of events for the ninth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate has moved up one day with the LSU Men’s Golf team playing host to its annual fall tournament beginning Friday at 1 p.m. CT at the University Club.
Friday’s first round will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. CT immediately following the conclusion of the practice round in the morning with the second and third rounds to follow Saturday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT. The University Club will play to a par 72 and 7,220 yards for the two-day, 54-hole championship.
The Tigers are six-time winners of David Toms Intercollegiate in the tournament’s eight-year history as they tee off on Friday as the two-time defending champions after scoring a 35-shot victory as the only team in the field to break par last fall with a winning 11-under par 853.
LSU is the top-ranked team in the field with a No. 19 ranking in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index following fourth-place finishes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic and Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
LSU looks to add another trophy to the case against a 13-team field that features such in-state programs as Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. The field also boasts the likes of Central Arkansas, Lynn University, Navy, North Texas, Oral Roberts, Pennsylvania and Southern Illinois.
The Tigers’ starting five is paired with Louisiana Tech and North Texas in Friday’s opening round as they are set to tee off from holes Nos. 1-3 beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Three individuals are ready to compete this week as they tee off from holes Nos. 16-17 in Friday’s opening round.
The Tigers were the only team to finish in red figures in the eighth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate in 2016 as they finished 35 shots clear of the field with their winning score of 11-under par 853. North Texas claimed runner-up honors at 24-over 888 followed by McNeese State in third place at 27-over 891, South Alabama in fourth place at 33-over 897 and Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette tying one another for fifth place with matching scores of 50-over 914 after 54 holes.
Four Tigers shared medalist honors at last year’s event when Luis Gagne, Sam Burns, Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard all broke par at 1-under par 215 to finish two shots ahead of McNeese State’s Daniel O’Loughlin back in fifth place at 1-over 217. Pierce fired the low round of the tournament with a 6-under 66 in the first round, while Gagne and Ricard added 3-under 69s in the second and third rounds, respectively.
Nathan Jeansonne entered the final round tied with Pierce atop the individual leaderboard before settling into a tie for seventh place in the final standings with his 54-hole score of 5-over par 221, including his 2-under par 71 in the opening round.
The Tigers tee off with their same starting lineup for the third-straight tournament to open the season as Gagne returns to defend the title he shared a year ago and Jeansonne looks to challenge after cracking the Top 10 of the final leaderboard in 2016. They are joined by sophomore Philip Barbaree and freshmen Jacob Bergeron and Trey Winstead both making their first appearance at the David Toms Intercollegiate.
Jeansonne leads the Tigers with a 71.67 scoring average in his two starts this season, highlighted by a tie for seventh place in LSU’s season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic last month. Barbaree, who had a tie for eighth place as the top Tiger at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate two weeks ago, and Gagne enter the weekend with matching 72.50 scoring averages this season.
Winstead is fresh off his first career top-10 finish as she followed Barbaree in a tie for 10th place at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, while Bergeron tied for 20th place in the event for his first career top-20 showing.
Senior Blake Caldwell and sophomores Carter Toms and Drew Gonzales will compete as individuals as Toms makes his second appearance of the 2017 fall season and Caldwell and Gonzales both make their debuts with the rest of the squad this weekend. Toms tied for 59th place while playing as an individual at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
After hosting the ninth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate this weekend, the Tigers will be back in action Oct. 22-24 with a trip to Windermere, Florida, to tee it up at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth Golf & Country Club. They end the 2017 fall season with a trip to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, where they will compete at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic at Ka’anapali Golf Club from Nov. 3-5.