Rotz Earns Fourth-Place Finish at Shoal Creek
BATON ROUGE — Freshman Clayton Rotz wrapped up the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate with a 2-under par 70 in Tuesday’s final round at Shoal Creek Country Club to lead the LSU men’s golf team with the first top-five finish of his LSU career.
Rotz matched his impressive 2-under 70 from the first round and posted a 3-over 75 in the second round Monday to finish the championship in a three-way tie for fourth place at 1-under 215.
Rotz got off to a fast start for the second straight day with birdies on the par-four 12th and par-four 15th holes before making the turn at 1-under for his round. He finished on the front nine by making three more birdies in a four-hole stretch to go along with two bogeys for a 2-under 70.
The native of Chambersburg, Pa., paced the Tigers to a 10th-place finish in the team standings as the squad posted a 54-hole score of 28-over 892, including an 8-over 296 in the final round.
“I thought Clayton played very well this week and did a great job of managing the difficulty of the course and the pin placements,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. “He did a great job of maintaining his patience and playing for pars when he needed to. He’s a talented player who is only going to get better with experience.
“In fact, all of the freshmen played well today. It will only strengthen our team and we will get better and better as each of them gains valuable experience competing at this level.”
Freshman John Peterson fired his best round of the tournament with a 1-over 73 on Tuesday, battling back with three birdies over his final 14 holes after starting the day with bogeys on the par-four 10th and par-four 12th holes and a double bogey on the par-three 13th hole. Peterson finished in a tie for 35th place with a 54-hole total of 11-over 227.
Fellow freshman Andrew Loupe posted a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish the championship in a tie for 32nd at 10-over 226. Senior Brian Noonan matched Loupe’s effort with a 10-over 226 in 54 holes, while sophomore Bryant Lach tied for 52nd in his first action of the year.
Texas Tech entered the final round with a five-shot lead over tournament host UAB and held its lead as the squad’s posted matching rounds of 7-over 295 on Tuesday. The Red Raiders finished with a three-round total of 9-over 873 with the Blazers finishing five shots back at 14-over 878.
Will Griffin of Texas Tech and Brad Smith of UAB finished tied atop the individual leader board at 3-under 213, while Zach Sucher of UAB finished one stroke back at 2-under 214.
The Tigers will break for three weeks before returning to action in the Squire Creek Invitational at Squire Creek Country Club in Ruston, La., on Oct. 15-16. LSU is set to play three tournaments in the month of October as they will also tee off in the ClubGlove Intercollegiate in Somis, Calif., from Oct. 22-23 and the Bridgestone Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., from Oct. 29-30.
SHOAL CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE ? FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Texas Tech 293-285-295 ? 873 +9; 2. UAB 288-295-295 ? 878 +14; 3. Auburn 303-282-295 ? 880 +16; 4. Ole Miss 297-293-296 ? 886 +22; t5. North Florida 292-299-296 ? 887 +23; t5. Oklahoma 292-296-299 ? 887 +23; t7. Central Florida 298-293-297 ? 888 +24; t7. Michigan State 302-296-290 ? 888 +24; 9. Georgia Southern 307-289-295 ? 891 +27; 10. LSU 298-298-296 ? 892 +28; 11. Nevada 298-302-298 ? 898 +34; 12. Vanderbilt 306-301-298 ? 905 +41
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
t1. Will Griffin, Texas Tech, 72-71-70 ? 213 -3; t1. Brad Smith, UAB, 73-71-69 ? 213 -3; 3. Zach Sucher, UAB, 69-73-72 ? 214 -2; t4. Clayton Rotz, LSU, 70-75-70 ? 215 -1; t4. Patton Kizzire, Auburn, 75-68-72 ? 215 -1; t4. Ryan Brehm, Michigan State, 74-70-71 ? 215 -1; t7. Jhared Hack, Central Florida, 73-73-71 ? 217 +1; t7. Jesse Speirs, Ole Miss, 72-72-73 ? 217 +1; 9. Chris Kennedy, North Florida, 69-72-77 ? 218 +2; t10. Logan Blondell, Georgia Southern, 76-71-73 ? 220 +4; t10. Sergio Franky, Texas Tech, 76-68-76 ? 220 +4; t10. Matt Smith, Texas Tech, 71-78-71 ? 220 +4