Burns Battles for Fourth Top 10 After 36 Holes

Sophomore All-American Sam Burns
Sophomore All-American Sam Burns
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – All-American Sam Burns will battle for a fourth-straight top-10 finish to open his sophomore season after posting a team-low even-par 72 in Saturday’s second round at the Creekside Course with LSU wrapping up the day in 12th place overall at 15-over par for the weekend at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

Burns wrapped up Saturday’s action in a two-way tie for seventh place at 3-under par for the event after opening with a 3-under 69 at the Lakeside Course on Friday for a two-day total of 3-under par 141.

Fellow sophomore Luis Gagne fired his best score of the weekend with a 1-over par 73 in the second round, while senior Brandon Pierce and sophomore Nathan Jeansonne added counting scores of 3-over 75 to hand LSU a team score of 7-over par 295 on the day. The Tigers holed out Saturday in 12th place in the 17-team field with a 36-hole score of 15-over 591.

Leaderboard Roundup

The Oklahoma Sooners finished play atop the team standings for the second-straight day as they followed their 5-under 283 in the first round with a 3-over 291 while playing the Lakeside Course in the second round to grab a two-shot lead heading into the final round with a cumulative 2-under 574 in two rounds. Texas A&M and Virginia follow two shots back in a tie for second place at even-par 576.

Rounding out the Top 5 of the overall team standings are Duke, Southern California and Wake Forest after they tied one another for fourth place after 36 holes with matching team scores of 2-over par 578.

Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger also owns a two-stroke lead on the individual leaderboard as he followed his 5-under 67 on the Lakeside Course on Friday with a 4-under 68 on the Creekside Course on Saturday to wrap up his day ahead of Oklahoma’s Max McGreevy at 9-under 135. McGreevy will also battle for the individual title at 7-under par for the championship.

Burns will tee off in Sunday’s final round six shots off the pace with 18 holes to play as he also follows Doug Ghim of Texas and Chandler Eaton of Duke in a tie for third place at 6-under par, as well as Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M and Andrew Levitt of Southern California in a tie for fifth place at 4-under par for the weekend.

Four-For-Four?

Burns has already finished among the Top 10 of the leaderboard in each of his three previous starts this fall as he tied Gagne, Pierce and senior Eric Ricard for first as quad-medalists at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 5 after tying for sixth place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic on Sept. 11 and placing eighth overall at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate on Sept. 25 to open the season.

Burns, who is the No. 12-ranked college player in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Individual Player Rankings, eyes his fourth-straight top-10 after not cracking the Top 10 in a 54-hole event as a freshman a season ago. He’s now LSU’s leading scorer with a 70.00 stroke average in 11 rounds played this fall.

Tigers In The Standings

While Burns ended the day in a tie for seventh place at 3-under par for the weekend, Gagne, Jeansonne and Ricard tied one another for 60th place overall with scores of 7-over par 151. Ricard rounded out the lineup at the Creekside Course where he posted a 5-over 77 on Saturday. Pierce follows his teammates in a tie for 66th place at 8-over 152 in 36 holes.

Final Round Pairings

The Tigers are paired with SEC rival Auburn and tournament host Georgia Tech in Sunday’s final round as they will tee off from the back nine of the Lakeside Course beginning at 11:25 a.m. CT. Fans can follow the Tigers in action as Golfstat will provide live scoring of the final round at http://www.golfstat.com. Fans can also receive live updates by following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsumensgolf.

GOLF CLUB OF GEORGIA COLLEGIATE – SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Oklahoma 283-291—574 -2; T2. Texas A&M 291-285 – 576 E; T2. Virginia 289-287 – 576 E; T4. Southern California 299-279 – 578 +2; T4. Duke 285-293 – 578 +2; T4. Wake Forest 299-279 – 578 +2; T7. Stanford 293-286 – 579 +3; T7. Texas 291-288 – 579 +3; 9. Oklahoma State 293-287 – 580 +4; T10. Auburn 293-290 – 583 +7; T10. Georgia Tech 297-286 – 583 +7; 12. LSU 296-295 – 591 +15; 13. Clemson 292-301 – 593 +17; 14. UCLA 295-301 – 596 +20; T15. East Tennessee State 300-305 – 605 +29; T15. TCU 300-305 – 605 +29; 17. Villanova 316-307 – 623 +47.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL (Par 144)
1. Jimmy Stanger, Virginia, 67-68 – 135 -9; 2. Max McGreevy, Oklahoma, 68-69 – 137 -7; T3. Doug Ghim, Texas, 71-67 – 138 -6; T3. Chandler Eaton, Duke, 68-70 – 138 -6; T5. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M, 71-69 – 140 -4; T5. Andrew Levitt, Southern California, 74-66 – 140 -4; T7. Sam Burns, LSU, 69-72 – 141 -3; T7. Brandon Wu, Stanford, 73-68 – 141 -3; T9. Cameron Champ, Texas A&M, 72-70 – 142 -2; T9. Cameron Young, Wake Forest, 73-69 – 142 -2; T9. Alex Smalley, Duke, 72-70 – 142 -2; T9. Scottie Scheffler, Texas, 70-72 – 142 -2; T9. Will Long, Auburn, 68-74 – 142 -2.

LSU SCORES
T7. Sam Burns, 69-72 – 141 -3
T60. Eric Ricard, 74-77 – 151 +7
T60. Luis Gagne, 78-73 – 151 +7
T60. Nathan Jeansonne, 76-75 – 151 +7
T66. Brandon Pierce, 77-75 – 152 +8

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