BATON ROUGE - After taking the team title in the inaugural event a year ago, the ninth-ranked LSU men's golf team will play host to a strong 14-team field in the second-annual David Toms Intercollegiate being held Monday and Tuesday at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.
The two-day, 54-hole championship kicks off with the first and second rounds on Monday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. The final round will be held Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. The course will play to a par 72 and 6,849 yards throughout the tournament.
Live scoring of this year's championship will be available online at www.golfstat.com, while the website for the tournament can be found by logging on to www.LSUsports.net.
"We are looking forward to playing right here at home in Baton Rouge. It is great for our guys to have an opportunity to compete in front of the many people who support this program," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. "The Country Club of Louisiana is in great shape and we expect some great weather for the next couple of days, so it should be a great event again this year.
"We expect this to be a very competitive tournament. There are some tremendous players in this field and without the inclement weather that we had here a year ago, it's sure to be a very tight event."
The defending team champion Tigers will begin the David Toms Intercollegiate as the No. 9-ranked team in the country in the latest Golfstat Top 25 national ranking. LSU is sure to compete against No. 8-ranked Arkansas for the team title as the Razorbacks are the highest ranked team in the field by Golfstat.
In addition, the No. 45-ranked Ole Miss Rebels and No. 46-ranked Southeastern Louisiana Lions are now ranked among the top 50 teams in the country according to Golfstat. Rounding out the 14-team field this week is Alabama-Birmingham, Georgia Southern, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, North Florida, Rice and South Alabama.
LSU captured a one-stroke victory for the team championship in the inaugural David Toms Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Louisiana a year ago after firing an 8-under par 844 in three rounds to outlast Kent State and North Florida over the course of 54 holes. The course played to a par 71 in 2009.
Jade Scott of Rice won the individual crown by one stroke over LSU All-American John Peterson with an impressive score of 9-under 204. Scott will not return to defend his title after transferring to Texas A&M.
Peterson will team with fellow seniors Ken Looper and Andrew Loupe to lead the LSU lineup with a Top 10 finish already to his credit this season. The Fort Worth, Texas, native helped the Tigers capture a team title in their season opener at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13 by tying for seventh place individually.
Looper, who also finished in a tie for seventh place with Peterson at the Gopher Invitational, is the team's leading scorer this season as he will tee it up Monday morning with a 72.5 stroke average in six rounds of tournament play this season. Looper followed his performance at the Gopher Invitational by finishing in a tie for second place on the leaderboard at the Squire Creek Invitational.
Loupe has returned to action following offseason shoulder surgery that forced him to miss LSU's 2010-11 opener at the Gopher Invitational. He tied for fourth place at the David Toms Intercollegiate a year ago.
Junior Sang Yi and freshman Smylie Kaufman will fill the final two spots in LSU's starting lineup for the event. In addition, four Tigers will see action as individuals this week, including senior Clayton Rotz, junior Austin Gutgsell, freshman Landon Lyons and freshman Andrew Presley.
"As I've said many times, having David Toms involved with this event is very special," Winstead said. "I can't thank him enough for what he has done for our program. You simply can't find an athlete that has been as successful as he has been in his pro career that is more giving to his University. We're thankful to him for everything he has done for LSU and for this program.
"We are also very thankful to the membership at the Country Club of Louisiana for allowing us to host an unbelievable event like this. They are great Tiger supporters and the staff here does a fantastic job hosting a truly first-class event like we have again this year."
After playing host to the David Toms Intercollegiate this week, the Tigers will wrap up the fall season on Oct. 24-26 when they travel to Isleworth Golf Club in Windermere, Fla., to compete in one of the premier collegiate fields of the regular season in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.