Men's Golf Shoots Low to Grab Share of Lead

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Men's Golf Shoots Low to Grab Share of Lead

JACKSON, Miss. — The LSU men’s golf team followed an opening round 4-under 284 with its lowest round of the season at 9-under 279 to grab a share of the lead after Monday’s action at the inaugural Bank of American Intercollegiate at Reunion Golf and Country Club.

The Tigers lit up the course with a two-round total of 13-under par 563 to finish the day in a tie with Tennessee-Chattanooga and put itself in a position to earn its first tournament victory since winning the 2005 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 27, 2005.

Their 9-under par round of 279 is also their lowest in relation to par this season since firing a 7-under 281 in the final round of the Squire Creek Invitational back on Oct. 16.

“Our guys did a much better job today of managing themselves and the course than they have at any time this season,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. “You’re going to face a lot of disappointment in a round of golf, whether it’s bad shots, missed putts, poor decisions. We did a much better job of managing those disappointments and staying focused throughout both rounds.

“That was as important as any great shot they hit or great putt they made. They kept playing and competing for 36 holes, and that’s the first time we’ve really seen that from the group this year.”

Two Tigers finished the day among the Top 10 of the leaderboard as freshman John Peterson is currently in a tie for third place and freshman Andrew Loupe is one shot back in a tie for seventh.

Peterson fired rounds of 2-under 70 and 3-under 69 to finish in a tie with three other golfers at 5-under 139, while Loupe opened with a 1-under 71 and matched Peterson’s effort with a 3-under 69 in the second round to finish the day with a 36-hole score of 4-under 140.

Peterson is looking to earn his first career Top 10 finish as he finds himself four shots out of the lead heading into Tuesday’s final round, while Loupe hopes to earn his second Top 10 finish of the season after tying for fourth place in LSU’s spring opener at the prestigious Gator Invitational on Feb. 10. Both are also in a position to finish with their lowest 54-hole scores of the season.

Junior Jarrod Barsamian is also on the verge of his first career Top 10 finish as he fired a 36-hole score of 3-under 141 to finish the day in a tie for 12th place. Barsamian was steady throughout the afternoon as he followed a 2-under 70 in the first round with a solid 1-under 71 in the second.

Sophomore Bryant Lach rebounded from a 6-over 78 in the first round with a 2-under 70 in the afternoon to tie for 37th place with a two-round total of 4-over 148, while freshman Clayton Rotz finished the day in a tie for 64th at 10-over 154.

It will be a three-team race for the championship during Tuesday’s final round as the Tigers will open play tied with UT-Chattanooga at 13-under par. The homestanding Ole Miss Rebels are just two shots back in third place at 11-under 565 after firing team rounds of 8-under 280 and 3-under 285 on Monday. Vanderbilt is 14 shots back in fourth place at 1-over 577.

Jonathan Randolph of Ole Miss will carry a three shot lead into the final round after opening with a tournament best 6-under 66 in the first round followed by a 3-under 69 in the second round for a two-round total of 9-under 135. Ian Rochester of Memphis is currently second at 6-under 138.

“Our guys understand that they haven’t beaten anybody yet,” Winstead said. “Golf is different from a lot of sports because we don’t always have a winner at the end the day. All we have done to this point is put ourselves in a position to have success tomorrow. We have to come out with the same focus and manage the game the same way if we hope to be in the same position.”

The Tigers are paired with UT-Chattanooga, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in Tuesday’s final round and will tee off from the front nine beginning at 8:50 a.m. CDT. Live scoring of the final round will be provided by Golfstat and can be found online at www.golfstat.com.

BANK OF AMERICA INTERCOLLEGIATE ? SECOND ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 576)
t1. LSU 284-279 ? 563 -13; t1. UT-Chattanooga 283-280 ? 563 -13; 3. Ole Miss 280-285 ? 565 -11; 4. Vanderbilt 288-289 ? 577 +1; 5. South Alabama 284-295 ? 579 +3; 6. UAB 292-290 ? 582 +6; t7. North Florida 282-301 ? 583 +7; t7. Memphis 286-297 ? 583 +7; t9. Louisiana Tech 294-290 ? 584 +8; t9. UNC-Greensboro 290-294 ? 584 +8; 11. Mississippi State 291-294 ? 585 +9; 12. Southern Mississippi 295-294 ? 589 +13; 13. Southeastern Louisiana 302-296 ? 598 +22; 14. Jackson State 299-303 ? 602 +26; 15. Mercer 308-295 ? 603 +27.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 144)
1. Jonathan Randolph, Ole Miss, 66-69 ? 135 -9; 2. Ian Rochester, Memphis, 68-70 ? 138 -6; t3. Marc-Ettienne Bussieres, South Alabama, 69-70 ? 139 -5; t3. John Peterson, LSU, 70-69 ? 139 -5; t3. Zach Sucher, UAB, 69-70 ? 139 -5; t3. Billy Whalen, Vanderbilt, 71-68 ? 139 -5; t7. Paul Apyan, Southern Mississippi, 70-70 ? 140 -4; t7. Jonathan Hodge, UT-Chattanooga, 71-69 ? 140 -4; t7. Andrew Loupe, LSU, 71-69 ? 140 -4; t7. Tyler Neff, UT-Chattanooga, 71-69 ? 140 -4; t7. Brad Smith, UAB, 72-68 ? 140 -4.

LSU SCORES
T3. John Peterson 70-69 ? 139 -5
T7. Andrew Loupe 71-69 ? 140 -4
T12. Jarrod Barsamian 70-71 ? 141 -3
T37. Bryant Lach 78-70 ? 148 +4
T64. Clayton Rotz 73-81 ? 154 +10