Men's Golf Cracks Top 5 on Day 2 at NCAA's

Sam Burns fired a team-low 2-under 68 in the second round!
Sam Burns fired a team-low 2-under 68 in the second round!
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EUGENE, Ore. – After teeing off in the morning wave of teams in a tie for eighth place overall, the defending national champion LSU Tigers posted a team score of 2-over par 282 in Saturday’s second round at Eugene Country Club to climb into a tie for fourth place after 36 holes at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

Freshman Sam Burns found himself in red figures for the day with a team-low round at 2-under par 68 with four birdies and just two bogeys on his card, while fellow freshman Luis Gagne matched his even-par 70 from Friday’s first round with another level-par round to set the pace for the Tigers on the day.

The Tigers also counted a 1-over 71 by junior All-American Eric Ricard and a 3-over 73 by senior All-American Zach Wright to finish the day with a 36-hole team score of 8-over par 868 to tie for fourth place.

Their performance moved the defending national champions four places up the team leaderboard and into the Top 5 in a tie with the Oregon Ducks midway through stroke-play qualifying. The top-15 teams following a third round on Sunday will advance to the fourth round on Monday from which the Top 8 teams advance to the match play quarterfinals beginning Tuesday.

Vanderbilt grabbed the 36-hole team lead at 3-over par for the tournament thanks to an even-par round of 280 in Saturday’s action. Southern California followed two strokes back in second place at 5-over par 565 with Arkansas sitting three shots back in third place at 6-over par 566 after two rounds. Round out the Top 8 of the team standings after 36 holes are Alabama in sixth place at 9-over 569 and Texas and Illinois both in a tie for seventh place overall at 10-over 570 heading into Sunday’s action.

After teeing off on the back nine, Burns quickly moved to 2-under par on his round with back-to-back birdies at the par-four 12th and 13th holes before turning at 1-under after making bogey at the par-four 17th hole. He briefly fell back to even-par with a second bogey at the par-four second before coming in with a score of 68 thanks to birdies at the par-five fourth and par-four ninth holes.

Burns climbed 52 places up the individual standings with his performance to tie for 35th place overall at 2-under par through 36 holes after teeing off in a tie for 87th place at the start of the second round.

Gagne has been the top Tiger through two rounds as he finished Saturday’s action just one shot outside the Top 10 in a tie for 15th place on the leaderboard at even-par 140 for the championship. He carded five birdies along with three bogeys and one double bogey for a second-straight 70 to remain even-par heading into Sunday’s play.

Ricard has matched Burns through two rounds while posting a 36-hole score of 2-over par 142 thanks to consecutive rounds of 1-over par 71. Ricard dropped shots with bogeys at the par-three 11th and par-four second holes before picking up a shot with his only birdie of the day at the par-four eighth hole for a round of 71. Wright followed in a tie for 64th place with a two-day total of 5-over 145.

Junior Brandon Pierce rounded out the lineup in the second round as he followed his 3-over 73 on Friday with a 6-over 76 on Saturday to finish the day in a tie for 109th place at 9-over par 149 for the championship.

Southern California’s Justin Suh moved from fourth to first on the individual leaderboard thanks to his 3-under 67 on the day as he finished one shot clear at the top of the standings at 5-under par for the weekend. He is followed by Alabama’s Robby Shelton and San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III in a tie for second place at 4-under par 136.

The Tigers are set to tee off in the first wave off the front nine in Sunday’s third round beginning at 9:22 a.m. CT as they are paired with Alabama and Oregon. The field will be cut to 15 following the third round as those 15 teams will then compete in a fourth round of stroke play on Monday for a spot in the Top 8 of the final team standings to advance to the match-play tournament for the national championship.

Fans can follow the Tigers in action throughout this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships by following @LSUMensGolf on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsumensgolf and @LSUMensGolfTeam on Instagram at http://instagram.com/lsumensgolfteam. Golfstat will also provide live scoring of the championship as fans can follow online at http://www.golfstat.com.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 560)
1. Vanderbilt 283-280 – 563 +3; 2. Southern California 283-282 – 565 +5; 3. Arkansas 282-284 – 566 +6; T4. LSU 286-282 – 568 +8; T4. Oregon 291-277 – 568 +8; 6. Alabama 290-279 – 569 +9; T7. Texas 289-281 – 570 +10; T7. Illinois 290-280 – 570 +10; T9. Arizona State 290-281 – 571 +11; T9. California 287-284 – 571 +11; 11. South Carolina 287-285 – 572 +12; T12. Louisville 291-282 – 573 +13; T12. Florida 286-287 – 573 +13; 14. Oklahoma State 285-289 – 574 +14; T15. Kentucky 289-286 – 575 +15; T15. Auburn 294-281 – 575 +15; T15. Georgia 291-284 – 575 +15; T15. Clemson 291-284 – 575 +15; T15. San Diego State 283-292 – 575 +15; T20. Wake Forest 289-289 – 578 +18; T20. Oklahoma 290-288 – 578 +18; 22. Florida State 285-294 – 579 +19; 23. TCU 282-299 – 581 +21; 24. Houston 296-287 – 583 +23; 25. South Florida 291-294 – 585 +25; T26. Stanford 292-294 – 586 +26; T26. Virginia 292-294 – 586 +26; 28. Baylor 293-296 – 589 +29; 29. UAB 294-305 – 599 +39; 30. Purdue 299-305 – 604 +44.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 140)
1. Justin Suh, Southern California, 68-67 – 135 -5; T2. Robby Shelton, Alabama, 70-66 – 136 -4; T2. Nahum Mendoza III, San Diego State, 67-69 – 136 -4; 4. Gordon Neale, Florida, 70-67 – 137 -3; 5. K.K. Limbhaust, California, 69-69 – 138 -2; T6. Stephen Behr, Clemson, 70-69 – 139 -1; T6. Paul Barjon, TCU, 69-70 – 139 -1; T6. Jon Rahm, Arizona State, 71-68 – 139 -1; T6. Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt, 71-68 – 139 -1; T6. Lee McCoy, Georgia, 69-70 – 139 -1; T6. Rico Hoey, Southern California, 70-69 – 139 -1; T6. Will Starke, South Carolina, 67-72 – 139 -1; T6. Jonathan Hardee, Alabama, 70-69 – 139 -1; T6. Edwin Yi, Oregon, 71-68 – 139 -1.

LSU SCORES
T15. Luis Gagne, 70-70 – 140 E
T35. Eric Ricard, 71-71 – 142 +2
T35. Sam Burns, 74-68 – 142 +2
T64. Zach Wright, 72-73 – 145 +5
T109. Brandon Pierce, 73-76 – 149 +9

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