Men's Golf Remains Second on Day 2 in Hawaii

Nathan Jeansonne fired a team-low 67 (-4) on Saturday!
Nathan Jeansonne fired a team-low 67 (-4) on Saturday!
Steve Franz
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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LAHAINA, Maui – With sophomore Nathan Jeansonne firing a team-low 4-under 67, senior Brandon Pierce carding a 3-under 68, and sophomore Sam Burns adding a 1-under 70, the third-ranked LSU Tigers held their position in second place after Saturday’s second round at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic held at Ka’anapali Golf Club.

The Tigers followed their 1-under par 283 in Friday first round with a 7-under par 277 in the second to finish 10 shots off Georgia’s pace with a team score of 8-under par 560 through 36 holes of competition.

The Bulldogs posted the lowest team score of the weekend at 18-under 266 to move from a third-place tie at the start of Saturday’s action to the top of the leaderboard with a two-day total of 18-under par 550 for the championship. Oklahoma followed in third place at 7-under 561, while Clemson, Kansas and South Carolina rounded out the Top 5 of the team standings in a tie for fourth place at 6-under 562.

Senior Eric Ricard rounded out the counting scores for the Tigers on Saturday with a 1-over par 72 en route to a team total of 7-under par, while sophomore Luis Gagne wrapped up play with a 5-over 76 on the day.

Jeansonne Fires Season Low

Jeansonne carded his lowest round on the 2016 fall season with a 4-under 67 to move into a tie for 14th place on the leaderboard with a 36-hole score of 3-under par 139. The Shreveport native teed off Saturday in a tie for 20th place overall after opening the championship with a 1-over 72 on Friday afternoon.

After starting play at the par-three second hole, Jeansonne dipped into red figures for the first time with a birdie at the par-five ninth hole before giving that shot back with his only bogey of the day at the par-four 11th hole. He was strong down the stretch while making birdie on four of his final six holes at the par-four 14th, 16 and 18th holes and par-five first hole for a team-low 67.

Jeansonne is now in position to challenge for his second top-10 finish in four starts this fall after also tying for seventh place at the David Toms Intercollegiate last month for his best finish on the fall campaign.

Pierce Leads Tigers Through 36 Holes

Piece broke par for the seventh time this fall with his 3-under 68 on Saturday as he wrote six birdies with three bogeys on his scorecard to finish the day in a tie for 10th place at 5-under par for the tournament. Pierce is the top Tiger heading into Sunday’s final round as he is four shots back of Georgia’s Greyson Sigg and Kansas’ Chase Hanna in a tie for the top spot on the leaderboard at 9-under par 133.

Burns Eyes Another Top 10

Burns has found himself among the Top 10 of the leaderboard in each of his previous four starts this fall, and is on the cusp of another top-10 finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic after finishing the second round in a tie for 12th place overall at 4-under par 138. He followed his 3-under 68 on Friday with a 1-under 70 on Saturday.

Burns is playing as well as any player in the country this fall as he has now finished at par or better in 13 of his 14 collegiate rounds played to this point of his sophomore season. He threatened the top spot on the board heading to the back nine on Saturday after making six birdies on the front side while turning with a score of 31. Burns finished at 5-over par on the inward nine while carding a 1-under 70 on the day.

It’s been a fall season in which Burns has tied for sixth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic, placed eighth at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, tied for the top spot at the David Toms Intercollegiate and tied for ninth at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

Final Round Pairings

The Tigers are paired with first-place Georgia, third-place Oklahoma and fourth-place Clemson in the final round on Sunday as they will tee off in foursomes from holes Nos. 1-3 with a shotgun start scheduled to go off at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Golfstat will provide live scoring of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic final round as fans can follow the Tigers in action at http://golfstat.com.

KA’ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 568)
1. Georgia 284-266 – 550 -18; 2. LSU 283-277 – 560 -8; 3. Oklahoma 290-271 – 561 -7; T4. Clemson 284-278 – 562 -6; T4. Kansas 295-267 – 562 -6; T4. South Carolina 282-280 – 562 -6; 7. North Florida 287-282 – 569 +1; 8. UC-Santa Barbara 287-283 – 570 +2; T9. Loyola Marymount 302-272 – 574 +6; T9. Minnesota 297-277 – 574 +6; 11. Houston 294-283 – 577 +9; 12. Georgia State 299-280 – 579 +11; 13. Gonzaga 293-289 – 582 +14; 14. Texas-San Antonio 301-282 – 583 +15; T15. Sacramento State 301-285 – 586 +18; T15. Boise State 299-287 – 586 +18; 17. UNC-Wilmington 296-292 – 588 +20; T18. Ball State 296-293 – 589 +21; T18. Long Beach State 310-279 – 589 +21; 20. Hawaii 295-296 – 591 +23; 21. Cal State Northridge 306-286 – 592 +24; 22. Cal State Fullerton 303-292 – 595 +27; 23. Bowling Green 304-294 – 598 +30; 24. Hawaii-Hilo 315-299 – 614 +46.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 142)
T1. Greyson Sigg, Georgia, 69-64 – 133 -9; T1. Chase Hanna, Kansas, 72-61 – 133 -9; T3. Zach Healy, Georgia, 69-65 – 134 -8; T3. Doc Redman, Clemson, 66-68 – 134 -8; T5. Spencer Ralston, Georgia, 72-64 – 136 -6; T5. Thomas Longbella, Minnesota, 73-63 – 136 -6; T5. Keenan Huskey, South Carolina, 66-70 – 136 -6; T5. Blaine Hale, Oklahoma, 70-66 – 136 -6; T5. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 71-65 – 136 -6; T10. Brandon Pierce, LSU, 69-68 – 137 -5; T10. Max McGreevy, Oklahoma, 70-67 – 137 -5.

LSU SCORES
T10. Brandon Pierce, 69-68 – 137 -5
T12. Sam Burns, 68-70 – 138 -4
T14. Nathan Jeansonne, 72-67 – 139 -3
T59. Eric Ricard, 75-72 – 147 +5
T89. Luis Gagne, 74-76 – 150 +8

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