COLLEGE STATION, Texas – LSU sophomore Curtis Thompson fired a season-low 4-under par 68 in the first round and a 2-over par 74 in the second round to tie for seventh place on the leaderboard while leading the 15th-ranked Tigers during Saturday’s opener at the 2013 Aggie Invitational being held this weekend at Traditions Golf Club.
Thompson carded five birdies and just one bogey en route to a 4-under 68 in the opening round before following with a 2-over 74 in the second round to tie for seventh place with his 36-hole score of 2-under par 214.
Thompson proved to be the top Tiger during Saturday’s action as he finished the day five shots off the pace while leading LSU into seventh place in the 12-team field with a 36-hole team score of 13-over par 589. LSU’s lineup posted team scores of 6-over 294 and 7-over 295 for seventh place on the afternoon.
A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Thompson was brilliant in his opening round after teeing off from the back nine as he dropped into red figures with a birdie at the par-four 12th hole before making the turn at 1-under par for the round. He then caught fire on the front nine with back-to-back birdies at the par-three second and par-four third holes and a pair of birdies at the par-four sixth and par-five eighth holes en route to a season-low score of 4-under par 68. Thompson carded his only bogey of the opening round at the par-four fourth hole.
He followed with a 2-over par 74 in the second round while carding three birdies and five bogeys in the afternoon while tying for seventh place at 2-under par 214 for the day.
Fellow sophomore Myles Lewis opened with a score of even-par 72 in the morning before carding a 3-over 75 in the afternoon to finish the day in a tie for 18th place overall at 3-over 147 for 36 holes.
Freshman Zach Wright carded back-to-back rounds of 2-over 74 to finish the second round in a tie for 25th place at 4-over 148, while junior Andrew Presley followed in a tie for 52nd place overall with a two-round total at 9-over par 153 and sophomore Stewart Jolly trailed in a tie for 67th place overall at 14-over par 154 for the championship.
The second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take a commanding 12-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at this year’s Aggie Invitational after firing team scores of 10-under par 278 and 5-under par 283 for a 36-hole 15-under par 561. No. 21-ranked Kent State follows 12 shots back in second place at 3-under par 573 and No. 4-ranked Washington trails 16 shots back in third place at 1-over par 577.
The Crimson Tide are led by a trio of top-five performers in Saturday’s opener as All-American Cory Whitsett and Scott Strohmeyer are tied for third place on the leaderboard at 6-under par 138 and All-American Bobby Wyatt follows in sole possession of fifth place at 5-under par 139 for the championship. Strohmeyer held the first-round lead with an opening 5-under par 67.
Kent State’s Corey Conners and Washington’s Chris Williams hold a narrow lead over the Crimson Tide trio after firing matching 36-hole scores of 7-under par 137 on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers are paired with 10th-ranked Duke and 32nd-ranked Oklahoma in Sunday’s final round as they will tee off from the back nine beginning at 7:48 a.m. CT. Golfstat will once again provide the live scoring of the last round as fans can follow the Tigers throughout Sunday’s action by logging on to www.golfstat.com.
AGGIE INVITATIONAL – SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Alabama 278-283 – 561 -15; 2. Kent State 289-284 – 573 -3; 3. Washington 295-282 – 577 +1; 4. Texas A&M 291-288 – 579 +3; 5. UCLA 289-294 – 583 +7; 6. Arkansas 295-292 – 587 +11; 7. LSU 294-295 – 589 +13; 8. Oklahoma 295-296 – 591 +15; 9. Duke 296-296 – 592 +16; 10. Oklahoma State 299-297 – 596 +20; T11. North Texas 306-301 – 607 +31; T11. Texas Tech 301-306 – 607 +31.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
T1. Corey Conners, Kent State, 69-68 – 137 -7; T1. Chris Williams, Washington, 70-67 – 137 -7; T3. Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama, 67-71 – 138 -6; T3. Cory Whitsett, Alabama, 69-69 – 138 -6; 5. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 67-72 – 139 -5; 6. Jonathan Sanders, Washington, 71-69 – 140 -4; T7. Curtis Thompson, LSU, 68-74 – 142 -2; T7. Johannes Veerman, Texas A&M, 73-69 – 142 -2; T9. Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA, 72-72 – 144 E; T9. Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 73-71 – 144 E; T9. Motin Teung, Duke, 71-73 – 144 E.