Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at Gary Koch Invitational

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Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at Gary Koch Invitational

TAMPA, Fla. — The LSU men’s golf team struggled in the final round of the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate on Tuesday, shooting a 19-over par 307 to finish seventh at Old Memorial Golf Club.

“We are a good team and we know that, but the guys I think are just trying a little too hard right now,” said LSU head coach Greg Jones. “We are trying to be too perfect right now and we just need to relax and focus on the task at hand and not focus on the results.”

Georgia Tech, ranked No. 5 in the nation, won the Gary Koch title by firing a 22-under par 842. The Yellow Jackets became the first team besides Florida to win the Gary Koch since 1999. The Gators, three three-time defending champions and tournament host, shot a 7-under 857 to jump place second. TCU, the sixth-ranked squad in the nation, finished in third place at 4-under 860. Arkansas finished fourth at 1-under 863 while Kentucky placed fifth at 3-over 867.

Junior Heath West recorded his third-straight top-10 finish by tying for ninth at 3-under par 213. The Dothan, Ala., native, now has eight top 10s in his career. Senior Garrett Prather shot a 3-over 75 to tie for 23rd place at 3-over 219. Prather has placed in the top 25 in three of the Tigers’ first four tournaments. West posted the Tigers’ fifth top-10 finish of the season.

Junior Jeff Riemann finished in 45th place at 9-over 225. Riemann shot consecutive sub-par rounds on Monday but struggled on Tuesday, shooting a season-high 10-over 82. Riemann entered the tournament second on the team with a 73.1 stroke average with one top-10 finish. Junior Jake Shaw and true freshman Garrett Runion, each making their LSU debut, placed 46th and 69th respectively. The two each contributed one round of par or better during the tournament.

Florida sophomore Matt Every won medalist honors by firing an 11-under 205. Every finished the tournament with a 6-under 66 on Tuesday and set a new tournament record with his 205. Georgia Tech’s Roberto Castro placed second at 8-under 208 while three golfers tied for third at 7-under 209.

The Tigers will return home to host the 10th-annual Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate on Oct. 27-28 at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Rounds one and two will be played on Monday, the 27th with the final 18 holes to follow on Tuesday. LSU has won the CCLA title twice, most recently in 2000. Last season’s Intercollegiate was canceled due to rain.

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Georgia Tech 272-283-287 — 842 -22; 2. Florida 276-292-289 — 857 -7; 3. TCU 281-289-290 — 860 -4; 4. Arkansas 282-285-296 — 863 -1; 5. Kentucky 285-291-291 — 867 +3; 6. Georgia State 289-285-298 — 872 +8; 7. LSU 283-287-307 — 877 +13; 8. Central Florida 294-294-298 — 886 +22; 9. Florida State 292-291-304 — 887 +23; 10. North Carolina State 293-289-307 — 889 +25; 11. North Florida 299-293-298 — 890 +26; t12. South Florida 296-290-309 — 895 +31; t12. Alabama 295-298-302 — 895 +31; 14. College of Charleston 283-304-309 — 896 +32; 15. Ole Miss 295-297-306 — 898 +34

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
1. Matt Every, Florida, 69-70-66 — 205 -11; 2. Roberto Castro 68-70-70 — 208 -8; t3. Fernando Mechereffe, North Carolina State, 69-67-73 — 209 -7; t3. Adam Meyer, TCU, 68-69-72 — 209 -7; t3. John Assey, College of Charleston, 67-68-74 — 209 -7

LSU SCORES
t9. Heath West 68-72-73 — 213 -3
t23. Garrett Prather 69-75-75 — 219 +3
45. Jeff Riemann 72-71-82 — 225 +9
t46. Jake Shaw 77-72-77 — 226 +10
t69. Garrett Runion 74-72-87 — 233 +17