Presley, LSU Win David Toms Intercollegiate Titles
BATON ROUGE - For the third time in four seasons, the 12th-ranked LSU Tigers defended their home turf and captured the team title at the David Toms Intercollegiate while junior All-SEC performer Andrew Presley made it a clean sweep of tournament titles with his second career victory following Sunday's final round on a chilly afternoon at The University Club in Baton Rouge.
After teeing off in the final round in a first-place tie with South Alabama, the Tigers braved the chilly and windy conditions while posting the lowest team score of the day at 12-over par 300 en route to an eight-shot victory over the Jaguars with their 54-hole score of 33-over par 897.
Tulsa moved from fifth place to third place in the final team standings at 47-over par 911 for the weekend in Baton Rouge, while Mississippi State (918) and Louisiana Tech (920) round out the top five.
Presley, who opened with back-to-back rounds of 1-over par 73 on Saturday, certainly led the charge with a team-leading 2-over par 74 in the final round to claim his second career medalist honor.
Presley's three-round total of 4-over 220 scored a one-shot victory over junior teammate Smylie Kaufman and South Alabama's Michael Garretson in a tie for second place at 5-over 221.
The Tigers have now captured back-to-back tournament championships during the 2012 fall season with a win at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate on Sept. 25 before taking the title at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon. With the win, they improve their record to 28-3-1 on the fall campaign.
LSU has now captured three David Toms Intercollegiate titles in four seasons following consecutive wins in 2009 and 2010 in the event held at the Country Club of Louisiana. It also marked LSU's 16th win of the Chuck Winstead era as the eighth-year head coach moved past Mike Barbato (1948-60) and matched Britt Harrison (1988-98) as the winningest coach in the history of the Tiger program.
Presley bounced back from a rocky start after making three-straight bogeys on holes Nos. 2, 3 and 4 while playing the final 14 holes at 1-under par en route to a team-leading 2-over 74 on the day. Presley recorded four birdies on his round at the par-four ninth, 10th, 15th and 18th holes.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native earned his second collegiate victory with the Tigers as he was also honored as the Louisiana Classics champion on March 5-6 of his sophomore season last spring.
Like Presley, Kaufman matched his career-best finish as he tied for second on the final leaderboard with a strong 54-hole score of 5-over par 221 while playing as an individual. Kaufman leveled three birdies with three bogeys while firing an even-par score of 72 on Sunday afternoon to match the finish he earned at the Argent Financial Classic as a sophomore during the 2012 spring season.
After tying one another for medalist honors at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate two weeks ago, sophomores Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson each earned a second-straight top-10 finish by tying for ninth place on the leaderboard with matching 54-hole tournament scores of 10-over par 226.
Jolly carded a 3-over 75 and Thompson followed with a 4-over 76 in Sunday's final round to help guide a strong finish by the Tigers for the David Toms Intercollegiate crown.
Sophomore Myles Lewis added a 3-over 75 to LSU's team score for the final round while claiming a 16th-place finish at 14-over par 230, while freshman Zach Wright earned his best finish in three starts this year as he took 12th place overall at 11-over par 227, including a 5-over 77 in the final round.
Three other Tigers competed as individuals during the 2012 David Toms Intercollegiate as junior Landon Lyons tied for 33rd place at 23-over 239, freshman John Jonas tied for 36th place at 25-over 241, including a 3-over 75 in the final round, and freshman Chuck Spears tied for 39th place at 26-over 242.
The Tigers are set to wrap up the 2012 fall season in two weeks when they make the trip to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla., on Oct. 21-23 to compete in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. They will then break for the winter before opening up the 2013 spring season on Feb. 18-19 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate being held at Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Club in Mobile, Ala.
DAVID TOMS INTERCOLLEGIATE - FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (864)
1. LSU 295-302-300 - 897 +33; 2. South Alabama 302-395-308 - 905 +41; 3. Tulsa 306-301-304 - 911 +47; 4. Mississippi State 304-301-313 - 918 +54; 5. Louisiana Tech 302-301-317 - 920 +56; 6. Ole Miss 310-299-317 - 926 +62; 7. UAB 308-302-327 - 937 +73; 8. Louisiana-Lafayette 326-311-319 - 956 +92; 9. Lamar 320-329-315 - 964 +100.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Andrew Presley, LSU, 73-73-74 - 220 +4; T2. Smylie Kaufman, LSU, 74-75-72 - 221 +5*; T2. Michael Garretson, South Alabama, 75-73-73 - 221 +5; 4. Chad Ramey, Mississippi State, 73-72-77 - 222 +6; 5. Matt Mabrey, Tulsa, 72-75-77 - 224 +8; T6. Travis Wilmore, Louisiana Tech, 73-75-77 - 225 +9; T6. Lane Hulse, South Alabama, 76-69-80 - 225 +9; T6. Joe Sakulpolphaison, Mississippi State, 74-73-78 - 225 +9; T9. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 74-77-75 - 226 +10; T9. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 72-78-76 - 226 +10; T9. Jack Lempke, Louisiana Tech, 78-71-77 - 226 +10.
1. Andrew Presley, 73-73-74 - 220 +4
T2. Smylie Kaufman, 74-75-72 - 221 +5*
T9. Stewart Jolly, 74-77-75 - 226 +10
T9. Curtis Thompson, 72-78-76 - 226 +10
12. Zach Wright, 76-74-77 - 227 +11
16. Myles Lewis, 77-78-75 - 230 +14
T33. Landon Lyons, 82-77-80 - 239 +23*
T36. John Jonas, 80-86-75 - 241 +25*
T39. Chuck Spears, 81-83-78 - 242 +26*
* - Denotes player competing as an individual.