Men's Golf on Cusp of Top 10

LSU's Stewart Jolly with assistant coach Garrett Runion
LSU's Stewart Jolly with assistant coach Garrett Runion
Hilary Scheinuk
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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BATON ROUGE - After capturing back-to-back tournament titles at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and David Toms Intercollegiate, the LSU men's golf team finds itself on the cusp of the Top 10 in the national rankings while climbing to No. 11 in the latest Golfweek Top 25 rankings released Monday.

The Tigers are up three spots in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index after opening with their No. 14 national ranking in the first release of the ranking on Oct. 1.

The Tigers are off to a fast start in the 2012-13 season as in three tournament appearances they have had a 2-3 record against Top 25 teams, a 13-3-1 record against Top 50 teams and a strong 23-3-1 record against Top 100 teams ranked in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

After opening the season on Sept. 7-9 by tying for fourth place in the NCAA Championships caliber field at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., LSU won consecutive titles at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 24-25 and the David Toms Intercollegiate at The University Club in Baton Rouge this weekend.

Leading the way for the Tigers early on this season are junior Andrew Presley and sophomores Stewart Jolly, Myles Lewis and Curtis Thompson as each rank among Golfweek's Top 100 players in the country for the 2012 fall season.

Jolly leads the team with a No. 28 national ranking followed by Thompson with a No. 33 national ranking as each tied for medalist honors at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate before tying one another again for ninth place and a second-straight top-10 finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate this past weekend.

After capturing his second career event title with the individual victory at the David Toms Intercollegiate, Presley has climbed to No. 86 in the national rankings followed by Lewis at No. 87 this week.

The Southeastern Conference is proving itself to be the deepest conference in college golf during the 2012 fall season as the Tigers are among eight programs ranked among the Top 25 teams nationally.

While the Tigers have climbed into the No. 11 position in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, they join the likes of No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 10 Alabama, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 15 Vanderbilt and No. 23 Missouri in the latest rankings released on Monday evening.

The SEC has more than double the number of nationally-ranked Top 25 teams than any other league from around the country. Both the Atlantic Coast and Pacific 12 conferences own four ranked teams apiece this week, followed by the Big 12 Conference with two teams and the Big Ten Conference with one team.

The Tigers are set to wrap up the 2012 fall season in just two weeks with a return trip to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla., where they will tee off against another national caliber field during the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational being held on Oct. 21-23. They will then break for winter before opening the 2013 spring season at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Feb. 18-19.

Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index (Oct. 8)
1. California, 68.55
2. Texas, 69.47
3. Washington, 69.65
4. UCLA, 69.77
5. Georgia, 69.93
6. Florida, 70.01
7. New Mexico, 70.06
8. Arkansas, 70.07
9. SMU, 70.15
10. Alabama, 70.36
11. LSU, 70.44
12. Texas A&M, 70.66
13. Stanford, 70.66
14. Georgia Tech, 70.74
15. Vanderbilt, 70.80
16. Northwestern, 70.83
17. UNLV, 70.87
18. Duke, 70.88
19. Oklahoma State, 70.90
20. Wake Forest, 70.92
21. Saint Mary's, 70.96
22. San Diego State, 70.98
23. Missouri, 71.02
24. Kent State, 71.07
25. Florida State, 71.10





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