Golfers Return to Action at Shoal Creek
BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's golf team continues its 2012 fall season on Monday and Tuesday when it makes the trip to Birmingham, Ala., to compete during the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Hosted by Graeme McDowell at Shoal Creek Country Club as the tournament returns following a three-year hiatus.
The Tigers are coming off a strong finish in their season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic as they tied for fourth place in an elite 15-team field at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.
The two-day, 54-hole championship opens Monday with the first and second rounds followed by the final round on Tuesday as the course will play to a par 72 and 7,234 yards for the event.
As part of this year's tournament, 2010 U.S. Open champion and PGA Tour star Graeme McDowell is set to speak to the golfers during Sunday's banquet and will be the official starter on Monday morning.
The Tigers are among 11 squads ready to tee off in the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate on Monday morning as they join tournament host UAB, Dartmouth, Houston, Kennesaw State, Memphis, North Florida, North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa.
Monday's action is set to begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CDT as LSU is paired with North Florida and UAB and will tee off from hole Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4. Golfstat will provide the live scoring of this year's tournament as fans can follow the action online at www.golfstat.com.
Four Tigers return to the lineup after finishing in a tie for fourth place in their season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic as junior Andrew Presley, sophomores Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson, and freshman Zach Wright will lead the Tigers this week. Junior Smylie Kaufman will round out the five-man lineup, while sophomore Myles Lewis will compete as an individual.
Jolly opened the season with his best career finish as an LSU Tiger as he posted a career-low 54-hole total of 2-under par 214 to tie for 11th place on the final leaderboard at The Farm Golf Club.
Thompson matched his career-best tournament score by firing an even-par 216 in 54 holes to finish tied in 14th place in his first action of the season while just missing his first career top-10 finish.
The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate that includes capturing the team championship in 2005 in the first tournament of the Chuck Winstead era. The Tigers have now taken 14 tournament titles in seven seasons under Winstead as the third-winningest coach in program history.
After competing at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Hosted by Graeme McDowell this week, the Tigers are set to return to their home course at The University Club in Baton Rouge to play host to the fourth-annual David Toms Intercollegiate being held Oct. 6-7. The team will then finish up the 2012 fall season Oct. 21-23 at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.