Humphries, West Pace Tigers to Sixth-Place Finish at TOC

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Humphries, West Pace Tigers to Sixth-Place Finish at TOC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU men’s golf team shot a 5-over par 293 in the final round of the 2002 Coca-Cola Tennessee Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at Holston Hills Country Club to finish in a tie for sixth place.

The Tigers finished the tournament with a 6-over par 870 to tie the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for sixth. LSU shot rounds of 284-293 on Monday to finish the day in eighth place. The sixth-place tie was the Tigers’ best overall finish so far this season.

Georgia won the tournament for the first time since 1989, shooting scores of 8-under 280 in all three rounds. The Bulldogs edged defending champion and host Tennessee by two strokes, as the Vols finished the tournament at 22-under par 842. Georgia and Tennessee were tied for the lead entering Tuesday’s final round but the Bulldogs pulled away to victory on the strength of Kevin Kisner’s 6-under par 66, a tournament low.

Vanderbilt and the College of Charleston tied for third place at 10-under par 854 and East Tennessee State, a Tournament of Champions winner in 1995 and 1996, placed fifth at 1-under 863. Vanderbilt’s Brandt Snedeker won medalist honors, firing a 12-under par 204, beating Tennessee’s David Skinns by one stroke. Skinns, who placed 10th last season at the tournament, shot an 11-under 205 and was the team’s top finisher.

LSU placed two golfers in the top 12, as sophomore Hesth West finished in sole possession of 11th place and senior John Humphries tied for 12th place. West, 16th at the 2001 Tournament of Champions, shot a 3-under par 213 to earn his second top-15 finish of the season. He fired a final-round even-par 72 after shooting 68-73 on Monday. Humphries tied for 12th with four other golfers and finished with a 2-under 214. He shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to claim his third top-20 finish this season. The Alexandria, La., native also finished tied for 16th and 13th in two previous tournaments this season.

Sophomore Brandon Aydlett shot a 4-over 76 Tuesday to finish in a tie for 37th place at 5-over 221. Fellow sophomore Jeff Riemann also shot a 76 on Tuesday and tied for 49th place at 8-over par 224. True freshman David Aitchison ended the tournament in a tie for 62nd place at 11-over par 227.

“We played a pretty decent round today, but this was a tough field and we just were not able to make up as much ground as we needed to have a chance in the end,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “I think our guys played well and put up some low numbers, we just need to keep improving.”

LSU returns home to host the 10th-annual Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate on Oct. 28-29 at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. It will be the final tournament of the fall season for the Tigers.

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Georgia 280-280-280 — 840 -24; 2. Tennessee 276-284-282 — 842 -22; t3. Vanderbilt 282-279-293 — 854 -10; t3. College of Charleston 283-281-290 — 854 -10; 5. East Tennessee State 291-283-289 — 863 -1; t6. LSU 284-293-293 — 870 +6; t6. North Carolina-Wilmington 292-283-295 — 870 +6; 8. South Alabama 287-288-297 — 872 +8; 9. Georgia State 293-292-292 — 877 +13; 10. Virginia Commonwealth 294-300-285 — 879 +15; 11. Florida State 301-291-290 — 882 +18; 12. Tulane 295-296-300 — 891 +27; 13. Mississippi State 299-298-301 — 898 +34; 14. Tennessee-Chattanooga 304-296-304 — 904 +40

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt, 69-66-69 — 204 -12; 2. David Skinns, Tennessee, 68-67-70 — 205 -11; 3. Bruce McDonald, College of Charleston, 67-68-71 — 206 -10; 4. Kevin Kisner, Georgia, 71-70-66 — 207 -9; t5. Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia State, 71-69-68 — 208 -8; t5. John Scott Rattan, 69-70-69 — 208 -8

LSU SCORES
11. Heath West 68-73-72 — 213 -3
t12. John Humphries 69-74-71 — 214 -2
t37. Brandon Aydlett 74-71-76 — 221 +5
t49. Jeff Riemann 73-75-76 — 224 +8
t62. David Aitchison 76-77-74 — 227 +11