Men's Golf Tied for Fourth After Two Rounds

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Men's Golf Tied for Fourth After Two Rounds

TAMPA, Fla. — The LSU men’s golf team fired a 6-under par 570 on Monday to tie for fourth place after two rounds in the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate at Old Memorial Golf Club.

“Well, we played pretty good today but all that proves is that we were good for two rounds, but tomorrow is a big round for us,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “We need to have a nice finish tomorrow to prove ourselves.”

The Tigers, who began the day with a 5-under par 283, followed with a 1-under 287 in round two. The Tigers’ score in round one is their second-lowest of the season, as they shot a 6-under 282 in the first round of the Baylor Invitational. Junior Heath West shot a 4-under par 140 and is tied for ninth place. West, a native of Dothan, Ala., is aiming for his third top-10 finish this season.

Georgia Tech, ranked No. 5 in the nation in the latest Golfweek rankings, fired a 21-under 555 to lead the 15-team field after one day. Arkansas, ranked 21st, is in second at 9-under 567, while host and top-ranked Florida, the defending tournament champion, is in third at 8-under 568. The Tigers are tied with No. 6 TCU for fourth place.

The tournament features one of the toughest fields in all of collegiate golf this season and is known as one of the most prestigious events each year. Florida has won the Gary Koch title the last three seasons.

College of Charleston’s John Assey is the leading individual after firing a 9-under par 135. Georgia Tech placed two golfers, Nicholas Thompson and Kevin Larsen, in the top five, and their teammate Roberto Castro, is currently tied for sixth. North Carolina State’s Fernando Mecheraffa is in second place at 8-under 136.

Junior Jeff Riemann shot a 1-under 143 to finish the day in a tie for 18th place. Riemann has finished in the top 15 in two of the Tigers’ first three tournaments this season. Senior Garrett Prather is tied for 24th place after shooting even-par 144. Prather fired a season-best three-under 69 in round one but struggled in round two, shooting a three-over 75 to finish in a tie for 24th place.

True freshman Garrett Runion, making his season debut, shot a 2-over par 146 and is tied for 32nd place. Junior Jake Shaw, also making his debut, shot a 5-over 149 to tie for 48th. Shaw, a transfer from Faulkner State Community College, shot a 5-over 77 in round one but responded with an even-par 72 in the second round.

“I am proud of Garrett Runion and the way he handled himself today,” said Jones. “Heath West is a stud, he is just flat-out good. Jeff (Riemann) was solid today too.”

The final round will begin at 8 a.m. with a short awards ceremony following completion of play. LSU will next return home to host the 10th-annual Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate on Oct. 27-28 in Baton Rouge.

1. Georgia Tech 272-283 — 555 -21; 2. Arkansas 282-285 — 567 -9; 3. Florida 276-292 — 578 -8; t4. LSU 283-287 — 570 -6; t4. TCU 281-289 — 570 -6; 6. Georgia State 289-285 — 574 -2; 7. Kentucky 285-291 — 576 E; 8. North Carolina State 293-289 — 582 — +6; 9. Florida State 292-291 — 583 +7; 10. South Florida 296-290 — 586 +10; 11. College of Charleston 283-304 — 587 +11; 12. Central Florida 294-294 — 588 +12; t13. Ole Miss 295-297-592 — +16; t13. North Florida 299-293 — 592 +16; 15. Alabama 295-298 — 593 +17

1. John Assey, College of Charleston, 67-68 — 135 -9; t2. Fernando Mecheraffa, North Carolina State, 69-67 — 136 -8; t2. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech, 67-69 — 136 -8; t4. Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech, 67-70 — 137 -7; t4. Adam Meyer, TCU, 68-69 — 137 -7

t9. Heath West 68-72 — 140 -4
t18. Jeff Riemann 72-71 — 143 -1
t24. Garrett Prather 69-75 — 144 E
t32. Garrett Runion 74-72 — 146 +2
t48. Jake Shaw 77-72 — 149 +5