Men's Golf 11th in Weather Shortened Gary Koch

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Men's Golf 11th in Weather Shortened Gary Koch

TAMPA, Fla. — The LSU men’s golf team shot even-par 288 in the second round on Tuesday at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate to tie for 11th place, as the third and final round was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Tampa area.

Heavy rain and lightning forced all 15 teams off of the course in the afternoon on Monday at Old Memorial Golf Course, postponing the completion of the second round until Tuesday morning. The field finished the second round on Tuesday but was unable to go any further. Co-host Florida won the event for the third-straight season after firing a 9-under par 279 on Tuesday, led by senior Jordan Code’s 66. Code shot even-par 72 in the first round and finished third.

The Tigers were 13th after Monday’s play, shooting a 6-over 294 but responded on Tuesday with their lowest round of the season. Senior John Humphries shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 16th place, his second-consecutive top-20 finish. Humphries tied for 13th place at the Windon Memorial Classic two weeks ago and now has 11 top-20 finishes in his career. Sophomore Brandon Aydlett made his LSU debut a memorable one, as he fired rounds of 75-70 to finish with a 1-over 145 total, good for 28th place finish.

Sophomore Jeff Riemann, in just his third career tournament, shot a 1-over 73 on Tuesday and finished tied with Aydlett for 28th place. Riemann now has three rounds of par or better this season and has two top-30 finishes. Junior Jason Horrell and true freshman David Aitchison tied for 59th place at 8-over par 152. Aitchison, a native of Scotland, made his collegiate debut and shot a 73 Tuesday.

Florida stormed back from a six-stroke deficit after one round to claim the title, edging co-host Kentucky and Arkansas by three strokes. The Gators finished at 12-under par 564. Ohio State finished fourth at 5-under par 571 and Tennessee finished fifth at 4-under 572. Ohio State led the tournament after Monday, firing a 9-under 279 but shot a 4-over 292 Tuesday to finish seven strokes behind Florida. Vanderbilt’s Brandt Snedeker and Zach Doran tied for medalist honors, each shooting 9-under 135. Doran fired a 64 in the first round and followed that with a 1-under 71. The Gators’ Code placed third at 6-under 138 and teammate James Vargas, a true freshman, shot a 5-under 139 to place fourth. Five golfers tied for fifth place at 4-under 140.

“We seemed to really play a lot better after Monday but we could not get together any consistency because of the weather,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “This was a tough field and we did not play our best but we still had some good scores and got some new people some playing time.”

The Tigers will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. next for the Coca-Cola Tennessee Tournament of Champions on Oct. 21-22 and then return home to host the 11th-annual Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate on Oct. 28-29 in Baton Rouge.

TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
1. Florida 285-279 — 564 -12; t2. Kentucky 282-285 — 567 -9; t2. Arkansas 286-281 — 567 -9; 4. Ohio State 279-292 — 571 -5; 5. Tennessee 283-289 — 572 -4; 6. Vanderbilt 286-287 — 573 -3; 7. College of Charleston 284-292 — 576 E; t8. Central Florida 293-286 — 579 +3; t8. Toledo 289-290 — 579 +3; 10. Florida State 287-293 — 580 +4; t11. LSU 294-288 — 582 +6; t11. Ole Miss 290-292 — 582 +6; 13. North Florida 300-295 — 595 +19; 14. Rhode Island 303-296 — 599 +23; 15. South Florida 299-302 — 601 +25

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
t1. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt, 68-67 — 135 -9; t1. Zach Doran, Ohio State, 64-71 — 135 -9; 3. Jordan Code, Florida, 72-66 — 138 -6; 4. James Vargas, Florida, 69-70 — 139 -5; t5. Bruce McDonald, College of Charleston, 69-71 — 140 -4; t5. Seth Murphy, Arkansas, 69-71 — 140 -4; t5. Andrew Dahl, Arkansas, 72-68 — 140 -4; t5. Ryan Coyne, Kentucky, 69-71 — 140 -4; t5. Sonny Nimkhum, Central Florida, 73-67 — 140 -4

LSU SCORES
t16. John Humphries 70-72 — 142 -2
t28. Jeff Riemann 72-73 — 145 +1
t28. Brandon Aydlett 75-70 — 145 +1
t59. Jason Horrell 77-75 — 152 +8
t59. David Aitchison 79-73 — 152 +8