ROCKY FACE, Ga. – With seven birdies, one eagle and two bogeys on his scorecard, LSU’s sophomore All-American Sam Burns fired a career-low 7-under par 65 to finish Saturday’s second round one shot back in third place at 8-under par through 36 holes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic being held at The Farm Golf Club.
Burns climbed 22 spots up the leaderboard following his 1-under 71 in Friday’s opening round to finish the day one back of Auburn’s Ryan Benton and Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans in a tie at the top with matching scores of 9-under par 135 through two rounds. Burns matched the 65 fired by Florida’s Sam Horsfield in the first round for the low round of the tournament.
The Shreveport, Louisiana, native not only put himself in position to earn his first collegiate top-10 finish in a 54-hole event, but also to take home his first individual title to kick off his sophomore season.
Senior Eric Ricard added a 1-under par 71 and sophomore Luis Gagne finished the day level with an even-par 72, while seniors Rhyne Jones and Brandon Pierce matched one another with scores of 4-over par 76 to lead the preseason No. 7-ranked Tigers into fourth place in the team standings with a two-day total of 9-under par 567. LSU followed its 5-under 283 on Friday with a team score of 4-under 284 on Saturday.
Pierce is even-par for the championship with a 36-hole score of 144 to finish the day in a tie for 26th place, followed by Gagne in a tie for 30th place overall at 1-over par through two rounds. Ricard and Jones are both in a tie with one another for 37th place on the leaderboard with matching scores of 3-over par.
Burns Bests Career-Low Round
Burns dropped his career-low collegiate round by two shots while eclipsing his previous best of 5-under 67 from the second round at the NCAA Franklin Regional held at The Vanderbilt Legends Club last spring.
He was fast out of the gate with a birdie at the par-four first hole before giving that shot back with a bogey at the par-four fourth hole. Back-to-back birdies at the par-three fifth and par-four sixth holes dropped Burns to 2-under par on the front nine where he remained at the turn. Birdies at the par-four 10th and par-three 11th holes followed by an eagle 3 at the par-five 12th moved the sophomore All-American to 6-under par, while he finished at 7-under thanks to birdies at the par-five 15th and par-four 16th holes after a bogey at the par-three 13th.
Burns’ best collegiate finish to-date in a tournament of 54 holes or more was his tie for 12th place at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational held last spring. He is looking to become LSU’s first individual champion since senior Zach Wright won a pair of tournament titles at The Prestige at PGA West and Valspar Collegiate Invitational in two of the team’s first three events of the 2016 spring season.
The Team Race
No. 21-ranked Virginia and No. 11-ranked Auburn are in a tight battle for the team title at the 28th-annual event as the Cavaliers finished up the day with a 36-hole team score of 23-under par 553, followed by the Tigers in second place at 20-under par 556. Clemson follows 12 shots back in third place at 11-under 565, while LSU sits fourth at 9-under 567 and No. 6-ranked Florida rounds out the Top 5 at 7-under 569.
Auburn looks to retain its title as the defending team champion at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic after running away with the team title by 11 shots a year ago with its winning score of 4-over par 868.
Final Round Pairings
Sunday’s final round at the 28th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic will feature an all Southeastern Conference pairing in the second wave off the front nine as the Tigers will play alongside Florida and Alabama with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. CT.
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CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – SECOND ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Virginia 276-277 – 553 -23; 2. Auburn 276-280 – 556 -20; 3. Clemson 283-282 – 565 -11; 4. LSU 283-284 – 567 -9; 5. Florida 284-285 – 569 -7; 6. Alabama 281-295 – 576 E; 7. Tennessee 284-293 – 577 +1; T8. Kennesaw State 287-291 – 578 +2; T8. South Carolina 283-295 – 578 +2; 10. Georgia Tech 286-295 – 581 +5; 11. Memphis 303-289 – 592 +16; 12. Dalton State 293-302 – 595 +19; 13. Chattanooga 299-299 – 598 +22; 14. North Florida 293-307 – 600 +24.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
T1. Ryan Benton, Auburn, 68-67 – 135 -9; T1. Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, 69-66 – 135 -9; 3. Sam Burns, LSU, 71-65 – 136 -8; T4. Sam Horsfield, Florida, 65-72 – 137 -7; T4. Luke Schaap, Virginia, 70-67 – 137 -7; T4. Derek Bard, Virginia, 70-67 – 137 -7; T7. Bryson Nimmer, Clemson, 70-69 – 139 -5; T7. Carson Young, Clemson, 68-71 – 139 -5; T7. Wyatt Larkin, Kennesaw State, 72-67 – 139 -5; T7. Thomas Walsh, Virginia, 70-69 – 139 -5; T7. Phillip Knowles, North Florida, 71-68 – 139 -5.