Men's Golf Fourth at Scenic City

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Men's Golf Fourth at Scenic City

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The LSU men’s golf team has gotten off to a solid start in the 2007-08 season as it opened up Tuesday by earning a fourth-place finish in a 17-team field at the 2007 Scenic City Invitational at Council Fire Golf Club.

The Tigers wrapped up the championship with a 7-over par 291 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in sole possession of fourth place with a 54-hole total of 2-over 854. Their 7-under 277 in the first round on Monday was the lowest by an LSU team since 2001.

Senior Beck Troutman led the way for the Tigers in the final round by firing a team best even-par 71 on Monday, including an impressive finish with a 2-under 33 on his back nine that included one eagle and one birdie to go along with just one bogey.

The native of Fernwood, Miss., rebounded well after carding back-to-back rounds of 6-over par 77 on Monday to finish the tournament in a tie for 73rd at 12-over 225.

Fellow senior Brian Noonan was the Tigers’ top finisher for the week as he fired a 54-hole score of even-par 213 to place 16th in the field of 90 competitors. Noonan opened with a solid round of 2-under 69 followed by an even-par 71 on Monday before finishing with a 2-over 73 on Tuesday.

LSU’s freshman trio of Clayton Rotz, John Peterson and Andrew Loupe made a strong showing in its collegiate debut. Rotz led the way by finishing in a tie for 17th at 1-over 214, while Peterson followed one stroke back in a tie for 23rd at 2-over 215 and Loupe tied for 34th at 5-over 218.

The Charlotte 49ers, who placed fifth at the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in June, ran away with the team title after posting a 54-hole score of 30-under 822, following rounds of 12-under 272 and 13-under 271 on Monday with an afternoon best of 5-under 279 in the final round. Host UT-Chattanooga finished seven shots back in second place at 23-under 829.

Charlotte’s Corey Nagy blistered the course to the tune of 10-under 203 in 54 holes to claim medalist honors, while four golfers finished three strokes back in a tie for second at 6-under 206.

The Tigers will break for two weeks before returning to action Sept. 24-25 in the 2007 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. The Tigers won the event in 2005 in just the second tournament of the Chuck Winstead era while tying for 11th a year ago.

SCENIC CITY INVITATIONAL ? FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 852)
1. Charlotte 272-271-279 ? 822 -30; 2. UT-Chattanooga 272-275-282 ? 829 -23; 3. Oklahoma 277-286-284 ? 847 -5; 4. LSU 277-286-291 ? 854 +2; 5. Middle Tennessee State 281-282-294 ? 857 +5; t6. Mississippi State 287-288-290 ? 865 +13; t6. Ole Miss 281-300-284 ? 865 +13; t6. Southeastern Louisiana 285-282-298 ? 865 +13; 9. Akron 283-288-298 ? 869 +17; 10. South Florida 290-291-290 ? 871 +19; 11. Southern Miss 295-291-288 ? 874 +22; t12. Furman 291-289-295 ? 875 +23; t12. Virginia Commonwealth 290-293-292 ? 875 +23; 14. Louisiana Tech 296-290-292 ? 878 +26; 15. Western Carolina 298-287-294 ? 879 +27; 16. Francis Marion 294-297-298 ? 889 +37; 17. Mercer 300-299-293 ? 892 +40

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 213)
1. Corey Nagy, Charlotte, 68-68-67 ? 203 -10; t2. Eric Durbin, Oklahoma, 64-72-70 ? 206 -7; t2. Chas Narramore, Middle Tennessee State, 67-70-69 ? 206 -7; t2. Ben Rickett, UT-Chattanooga, 72-68-66 ? 206 -7; t2. Stefan Wiedergruen, Charlotte, 68-65-73 ? 206 -7; t6. Phillip Bryan, Oklahoma, 66-70-71 ? 207 -6; t6. Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte, 67-70-70 ? 207 -6; t8. Fredrik Qvicker, UT-Chattanooga, 69-70-70 ? 209 -4; t8. Derek Rende, UT-Chattanooga, 69-68-72 ? 209 -4; 10. Trevor Murphy, Charlotte, 70-68-72 ? 210 -3

LSU SCORES
16. Brian Noonan 69-71-73 ? 213 E
T17. Clayton Rotz 72-69-73 ? 214 +1
T23. John Peterson 67-71-77 ? 215 +2
T34. Andrew Loupe 69-75-74 ? 218 +5
T73. Beck Troutman 77-77-71 ? 225 +12