2015 PING Honorable Mention All-American
2015 Second-Team All-SEC
2015 PING All-Southeast Region
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15)
The only Tiger to appear in all 12 tournaments for the team during a historic 2014-15 season in which LSU swept SEC and NCAA team championships … One of the nation’s top-ranked players as the No. 61-ranked player nationally by Golfweek and the No. 62-ranked player nationally by Golfstat in the final individual rankings for the 2014-15 season … Earned All-SEC and All-America honors for the first time in his collegiate career on the strength of a breakout sophomore season as one of the top performers in all of college golf … Named a PING Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America … Voted a Second-Team All-SEC performer in a vote of the league’s head coaches … Also named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team for the first time … Recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a Second-Team All-Louisiana performer … Slashed more than three strokes from his freshman scoring average of 75.42 with a career-low 72.11 scoring average to rank third on the team in 2014-15 … 17 of his 37 rounds played were at par or better … Earned four top-10 finishes and five top-20 finishes in his 12 tournament starts on the campaign … One of four Tigers to go unbeaten in match play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida … Posted a 2-0-1 mark in his three matches to join Ben Taylor (3-0), Zach Wright (3-0) and Brandon Pierce (2-0-1) as unbeaten Tigers in winning the fifth national championship in program history and LSU’s first in 60 years since 1955 … Scored the fourth and final point for the No. 7-seeded Tigers in their 4-1 win over the No. 5-seeded USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match with a 1-up win over Jonah Texeira … Helped the Tigers advance to the title match with a 4-and-3 win over Georgia’s Greyson Sigg as LSU defeated No. 3-seeded Georgia by a 3-1-1 margin in the NCAA semifinals … Played Vanderbilt’s Zack Jaworski all square in 18 holes in LSU’s quarterfinal match with the No. 2-seeded Commodores … Finished in a tie for 27th place in stroke play at the NCAA Championships after posting a 72-hole score of 4-over par 292, including a 4-under 68 in the third round … Part of LSU’s furious comeback to earn fifth place at the NCAA New Haven Regional with a 1-under 69 in the final round of the event held at The Course at Yale … Tied for 34th place overall at 5-over par 215 at the NCAA New Haven Regional where the Tigers climbed five spots up the team standings in the final round to grab the fifth and final spot into the NCAA Championships … Tied for 37th place in his SEC Championships debut with a final score of 3-over par 213 at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Opened the SEC Championships with a score of 1-under 69 in the first round for his best round of the tournament … Helped the Tigers win their 16th SEC Championship in program history and their first in 28 years since 1987 … Earned his best career tournament finish in second place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge to help lead the Tigers to their first of five team titles on the season … Fired a 54-hole score of 5-under par 211 at Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa, to follow senior teammate Stewart Jolly for second place on the leaderboard … Added a 5-under 211 to tie for eighth place overall at the United States Collegiate Championship in the team’s fall finale … Opened the 2015 spring season by firing a career-low tournament score of 9-under par 207 to tie for seventh place at The Prestige at PGA West … Posted a career-low round of 6-under 66 in the final round at The Prestige at PGA West held at the Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, California … Also tied for eighth place on the leaderboard with a score of 3-under 210 in LSU’s victory at the Talis Park Challenge during the spring season … Added a top-20 finish at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian where he tied for 16th place overall … Also competed at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic (T48) and David Toms Intercollegiate (T33) for the 2014 fall season and the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (T31) and Aggie Invitational (T21) for the 2015 spring season … Picked up his second varsity letter with the Tigers.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14)
Made four tournament appearances in his debut season with the Tigers in 2013-14 … Ended his true freshman season with a 75.42 scoring average in 12 rounds played on the year … Made his collegiate debut at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at the University Club in Baton Rouge during the 2013 fall season … Tied for 35th place with a 54-hole score of 10-over par 226 while playing as an individual in his debut event … Followed by earning a spot in LSU’s five-man starting lineup in the team’s fall finale at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational … Fired a season-low and career-low round of 1-under par 71 in the first round at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational before tying for 38th place in the event with a final score of 6-over par 222 … Played in two spring tournaments with the Tigers as a member of the team’s five-man lineup … Finished in 63rd place at The Prestige at PGA West after posting a tournament score of 13-over par 226 in LSU’s spring season opener … Tied for 55th place at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with a score of 18-over par 231 for 54 holes in his final appearance of the year … Earned his first varsity letter with the Tigers.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the nation’s premier prep prospects to sign a National Letter of Intent in the Class of 2013 … Signed with the Tigers as the No. 15-ranked recruit in the country for the Class of 2013 by Golfweek … Also ranked No. 21 by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 35 in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings in his graduating class … Ranked No. 30 by Golfweek, No. 37 by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 77 by the Polo Junior Golf Rankings regardless of classification at the time of his signing … Captured the 2013 Louisiana Golf Association Amateur Championship following his senior season at Loyola Prep College … Fired a 54-hole score of 9-under par 207 to claim a three-shot victory at the 94th LGA Amateur Championship held at Southern Trace Country Club in his hometown of Shreveport … Honored as a 2011 Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American by the American Junior Golf Association … Solidified his reputation as one of the elite junior golfers in the country with a run to the Sweet 16 in match play at the 2012 United States Junior Amateur Championship held at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham, New Hampshire … Tied for 15th place in stroke play with a 36-hole score of 3-over par 147 at the U.S. Junior Amateur to earn a spot in match play … Won his sectional qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Kansas City … A two-time tournament champion as a member of the AJGA … Won his first AJGA crown with a record-setting performance at the 2011 Elbit Systems of America Championship at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Fort Worth, Texas … Set the course and tournament record in winning medalist honors at the 2011 Elbit Systems of America Championship with a score of 8-under 63 in the opening round and 11-under 202 for the tournament … Fired his lowest competitive round of 63 in the first round … Added a 6-under 65 in the final round for the victory … Won the 2012 AJGA David Toms Foundation Junior Championship held at Southern Trace Country Club in his hometown of Shreveport … Fired a 7-under par 209 for a six-shot victory … Earned four career top-10 finishes in AJGA sponsored events during an outstanding prep career … Finished runner-up at the 2011 AJGA Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open … Added a seventh-place finish at the 2012 AJGA Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions … Finished in 11th place at the 2011 Jones Cup Junior Invitational held at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Earned an eighth-place finish at the 2011 Southern Junior Invitational … Captured back-to-back Class 3A regional and state championships in 2011 and 2012 as a leader of the squad at Loyola College Prep … Fired rounds of 5-under 67 and 4-under 68 to claim the 2012 Louisiana Class 3A state title as a junior with a 36-hole score of 9-under par 135 at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Zachary, Louisiana … Won the Class 3A state crown as a sophomore in 2011 with a two-round total of 3-under 142 … Guided Loyola College Prep to two-straight Class 3A team titles with his performance … Medalist at the 2012 Louisiana Champions Invitational with his tournament and amateur course record of 7-under 65 at Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville, Louisiana.
Full name is Eric Nicholas Ricard … Born on Sept. 27, 1994 … Parents are Frank and Leah Ricard … Has one older sister, Lauren … Father played tennis at Louisiana College during his collegiate career … Held a 3.52 cumulative grade-point average at Loyola College Prep … Plays right-handed … Majoring in general business.