Men's Golf Sweeps David Toms Intercollegiate
BATON ROUGE – Junior Luis Gagne and freshman Jacob Bergeron shared medalist honors and the LSU Tigers defended their team title at the David Toms Intercollegiate with their fourth-straight win in the event and seventh in nine years with an impressive final round Saturday at the University Club.
The ninth-annual event was shortened to 36 holes with heavy thunderstorms plaguing the Baton Rouge area for much of the day as the Tigers stormed to a 17-shot victory for their first win of the season.
After teeing off with a three-shot lead following their opening-round even-par 288 on Friday, the Tigers posted their lowest team round of the fall with an 11-under par 277 to finish with a winning total of 565 and well ahead of runner-up North Texas in second place with a final score of 6-over 582. McNeese State trailed 10 shots behind the Mean Green in third place at 16-over 592.
Gagne carded his second-straight score of 2-under 70 while Bergeron posted his best round of the weekend at 3-under 69 for matching 36-hole scores of 4-under 140 to share the individual title with Central Arkansas’ Lewis George while finishing one shot ahead of North Texas individual Andrew Hudson.
“Eleven-under par as a team today, that’s obviously very strong,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead of his team’s performance in the final round. “University Club, over the years, has always defended par very well. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. Eleven-under par as a team today is a phenomenal round. It’s a good marker for where this team can go, but there’s certainly more to be done.”
Bring Out The Brooms
The Tigers brought out the brooms to sweep team and individual titles at the David Toms Intercollegiate for the fourth year in a row as they have owned their home event since the inaugural event in 2009.
Gagne, who finished in a four-way tie for first place in the event a season ago, was crowned a tournament champion for the third time in his decorated career while Bergeron picked up his first collegiate win as an LSU Tiger. Bergeron’s 3-under 69 on Saturday equaled his career-low round previously set in the final round at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate two weeks ago.
The Tigers dotted the leaderboard as sophomore Philip Barbaree and freshman Trey Winstead also finished among the final Top 10 while junior Nathan Jeansonne added a top-15 finish of his own. Winstead earned his second-straight top-10 finish by tying for fifth place at 2-under 142 while Barbaree also cracked the Top 10 in his second-straight start by following in a tie for eighth place at 1-under 143. Both fired scores of 3-under par 69 to match Bergeron for the team’s low round of the day.
Jeansonne rebounded in a big way from a difficult start to the round with six birdies over his final 11 holes to add a 2-under 70 toward LSU’s final total and tie for 15th place overall at 3-over 147 for the tournament.
“You see three guys that signed in the 2017 class go out there and combine for 9-under par,” said Chuck Winstead. “You see Nathan (Jeansonne) struggle on the front nine to shoot 40 and then come back and post a 2-under for the day with 6-under par after the front nine. Luis Gagne playing like he plays, really steady and really solid. He showed why he’s a two-time All-American and headed towards another chance to be an All-American again this year. I couldn’t be more proud of those guys.”
Sophomore Carter Toms leveled two birdies with two bogeys to equal his career-low round with an even-par 72 and climb 17 spots up the leaderboard Saturday into a tie for 22nd place at 6-over par for the tournament at the University Club. Senior Blake Caldwell also tied for 22nd place with a score of 150 after posting a 6-over 78 in the second round. Sophomore Drew Gonzales followed in a tie for 35th place at 9-over 153.
LSU looks to build momentum following its first tournament title of the campaign when it travels to Windermere, Florida, on Oct. 22-24 to compete at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational being held at Isleworth Golf & Country Club. The Tigers end the fall season Nov. 3-5 with a trip to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, where they will tee it up at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.
DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE – FINAL RESULTS (36 HOLES)
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. LSU 288-277 – 565 -11; 2. North Texas 291-291 – 582 +6; 3. McNeese State 300-292 -- +16; 4. Lynn University 303-290 – 593 +17; 5. Central Arkansas 303-294 – 597 +21; 6. Southern Illinois 302-296 – 598 +22; 7. Oral Roberts 304-301 – 605 +29; T8. Southeastern Louisiana 298-310 – 608 +32; T8. Pennsylvania 304-304 – 608 +32; 10. Louisiana Tech 312-298 – 610 +34; 11. Navy 320-306 – 626 +50; 12. Nicholls State 317-319 – 636 +60; 13. New Orleans 325-312 – 637 +61.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
T1. Luis Gagne, LSU, 70-70 – 140 -4; T1. Jacob Bergeron, 71-69 – 140 -4; T1. Lewis George, Central Arkansas, 68-72 – 140 -4; 4. Andrew Hudson, North Texas, 68-73 – 141 -3*; T5. Trey Winstead, LSU, 73-69 – 142 -2; T5. Peyton Wilhoit, Southern Illinois, 72-70 – 142 -2; T5. Blake Elliott, McNeese State, 72-70 – 142 -2; T8. Philip Barbaree, LSU, 74-69 – 143 -1; T8. Ian Berrigan, McNeese State, 73-70 – 143 -1; 10. Jordan Sanders, North Texas, 72-72 – 144 E.
T1. Luis Gagne, 70-70 – 140 -4
T1. Jacob Bergeron, 71-69 – 140 -4
T5. Trey Winstead, 73-69 – 142 -2
T8. Philip Barbaree, 74-69 – 143 -1
T15. Nathan Jeansonne, 77-70 – 147 +3
T22. Blake Caldwell, 72-78 – 150 +6*
T22. Carter Toms, 78-72 – 150 +6*
T35. Drew Gonzales, 74-79 – 153 +9*
* - Indicates player competing as an individual.