Sophomore All-American Sam Burns (left) & assistant coach Garrett Runion (right)
Sophomore All-American Sam Burns (left) & assistant coach Garrett Runion (right)
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Burns Cracks Top 10 at Carpet Capital Collegiate
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Published: September 11, 2016, 04:25 PM (CT)

ROCKY FACE, Ga. – LSU’s sophomore All-American Sam Burns locked up his first collegiate top-10 finish in a 54-hole event with an even-par 72 in Sunday’s final round at The Farm Golf Club as he tied for sixth place on the final leaderboard at the 28th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic with a final score of 8-under par 208.

Burns’ final total of 208 also eclipsed his previous career-low tournament score of 7-under par 209 posted in a tie for 14th place at the NCAA Franklin Regional at The Vanderbilt Legends Club back in May.

Burns was actually tied for first place on the leaderboard at 11-under par with Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans while sitting at 3-under through 12 holes in his final round with just six holes to play. He finished the day at even-par for his round with a score of 72 to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place overall at 8-under par with Florida’s Sam Horsfield and Virginia’s Thomas Walsh.

Schniederjans, who played for the Yellow Jackets as an individual this weekend, claimed medalist honors with a winning effort of 11-under par 205 in 54 holes. Burns also trailed the likes of Derek Bard of Virginia, Phillip Knowles of North Florida and Ryan Benton of Auburn, who tied one another for second place at 10-under 206 and Bryson Nimmer of Clemson in fifth place with a final score of 9-under 207.

Tigers Fourth Again at The Farm

While opening their fall season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic in each of the last six seasons, Sunday’s fourth-place team finish was the third for the LSU Tigers in the event held at The Farm Golf Club. The Tigers also placed fourth a year ago with a final score of 19-over par for 54 holes, while they also tied for fourth place in 2012.

The Tigers broke par in each of their three rounds in the 28th-annual event as they took home a fourth-place finish with a team score of 3-under par 285 in Sunday’s final round and 12-under par 852 for 54 holes. No. 21-ranked Virginia took down defending champion and No. 11-ranked Auburn by six shots with a winning score of 31-under par 833.

Clemson followed in third place in the final team standings with a final total of 16-under 848, while No. 6-ranked Florida and Georgia Tech both trailed LSU in a tie for fifth place overall at 8-under 856.

Gagne Cracks Top 20

Sophomore Luis Gagne capitalized on a stellar 2016 spring season in which he earned three top-10 and four top-20 finishes en route to an Honorable Mention All-America honors from PING and Golfweek. He is off to a strong start to his sophomore campaign with a tie for 19th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic while breaking par at 1-under par 215 in three rounds at The Farm Golf Club.

After kicking off the weekend with a 1-over 73 on Friday, Gagne was level with an even-par 72 on Saturday before firing a team-low 2-under 70 in Sunday’s final round en route to a score of 1-under for the event.

Gagne made the turn at even-par for his round thanks to nine-straight pars on the front nine, and dropped as low as 3-under par for the day following an eagle 3 at the par-five 12th and a birdie at the par-five 15th. That was before he wrapped up the tournament with a bogey at the par-four 18th hole for the only blemish on his scorecard in the final round.

Seniors Solid in Season Opener

All-Americans Brandon Pierce and Eric Ricard tied one another for 27th place in the opening event of their senior seasons after Ricard broke par for the second-straight day with a 2-under 70 and Pierce added a counting score of his own at 1-over 73 to help lead the Tigers in Sunday’s championship finale. They finished at 1-over par for the weekend with a three-round total of 217.

Pierce opened the event with his lowest collegiate round in two seasons in Friday’s first round when he posted an impressive 4-under 68 in his first action this fall. Ricard rebounded from shooting a 4-over 76 on Friday with back-to-back rounds under par with a 1-under 71 on Saturday before an early-season low of 2-under 70 on Sunday.

Fellow senior Rhyne Jones also saw his first action of the season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic this weekend, tying for 45th place on the leaderboard with a final 54-hole score of 5-overpar 221.

Up Next

With their season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic now in the books, the Tigers will next travel to Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, to tee it up at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate from Sept. 23-25. They will then return home to Baton Rouge to play host to this year’s David Toms Intercollegiate being held Oct. 8-9 at The University Club.

CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Virginia 276-277-280 – 833 -31; 2. Auburn 276-280-283 – 839 -25; 3. Clemson 283-282-283 – 848 -16; 4. LSU 283-284-285 – 852 -12; T5. Georgia Tech 286-295-275 – 856 -8; T5. Florida 284-285-287 – 856 -8; 7. Tennessee 284-293-288 – 865 +1; 8. Kennesaw State 287-291-289 – 867 +3; 9. Alabama 281-295-298 – 874 +10; 10. South Carolina 283-295-297 – 875 +11; 11. North Florida 293-307-285 – 885 +21; 12. Dalton State 293-302-294 – 889 +25; 13. Chattanooga 299-299-292 – 890 +26; 14. Memphis 303-289-308 – 900 +36.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 69-66-70 – 205 -11; T2. Phillip Knowles, North Florida, 71-68-67 – 206 -10; T2. Ryan Benton, Auburn, 68-67-71 – 206 -10; T2. Derek Bard, Virginia, 70-67-69 – 206 -10; 5. Bryson Nimmer, Clemson, 70-69-68 – 207 -9; T6. Sam Burns, LSU, 71-65-72 – 208 -8; T6. Sam Horsfield, Florida, 65-72-71 – 208 -8; T6. Thomas Walsh, Virginia, 70-69-69 – 208 -8; T9. Wyatt Larkin, Kennesaw State, 72-67-70 – 209 -7; T9. Will Long, Auburn, 68-72-69 – 209 -7.

LSU SCORES
T6. Sam Burns, 71-65-72 – 208 -8
T19. Luis Gagne, 73-72-70 – 215 -1
T27. Eric Ricard, 76-71-70 – 217 +1
T27. Brandon Pierce, 68-76-73 – 217 +1
T45. Rhyne Jones, 71-76-74 – 221 +5

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