Men's Golf Five Strokes Back at SEC's

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Men's Golf Five Strokes Back at SEC's

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The 23rd-ranked LSU men’s golf team opened the 2010 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships with a 3-over 283 in Friday’s first round at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club to finish the day in a three-way tie for sixth place in the team standings.

The first day of competition at this year’s SEC Championships proved to be just that as the top nine teams on the leaderboard found themselves separated by only six shots at the end of the day.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have jumped out to a two-stroke lead in the race for this year’s conference title after firing a 2-under par 278 in the opening round. The 13th-ranked Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers are two shots back in a tie for second place overall at even-par 280.

The Tigers will tee off in Saturday’s second round with a five-shot deficit as they are tied with defending champion Georgia and Tennessee with matching scores of 3-over 283.

A total of 13 players in the field broke par during Friday’s first round as Georgia’s Bryden Macpherson and Arkansas’ Dalton Owens finished the day tied atop the leaderboard with matching rounds of 3-under 67. Vanderbilt’s Trey DelGreco finished one shot back in sole possession of third place at 2-under par 68. There were 10 players who finished the day in a tie for fourth place with scores of 1-under 69.

Junior All-SEC and All-America candidates Andrew Loupe and John Peterson have set the pace for LSU all season long, and Friday was no different as they matched one another shot for shot to finish the day in a tie for 14th place on the leaderboard with equal scores of even-par 70.

Both Loupe and Peterson carded a pair of birdies in the first round, while Loupe added bogeys at the par-four fourth and par-three 17th holes and Peterson double bogeyed the par-four fifth to finish at even-par.

Sophomore Austin Gutgsell added a solid1-over par round of 71 in his first career start at the conference tournament to finish the day in a tie for 26th place overall. Gutgsell carded three birdies and four bogeys on the day en route to a final score of 1-over par. Fellow sophomore Josh Jones was just as steady on his round while posting a 2-over 72 to finish the day in a tie for 30th place in the individual standings.

Tiger sophomore Sang Yi will look to improve when he tees it up in Saturday’s second round as he shot a 12-over 82 to wrap up the first round in 59th place overall.

The Tigers are paired with the Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores in the second round  to be played Saturday and will tee off from the back nine beginning at 7 a.m. CT. Live scoring of the second round of the tournament can be found online at www.golfstat.com.

SEC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – FIRST ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 280)
1. Arkansas 278 -2; T2. Auburn 280 E; T2. Florida 280 E; T4. South Carolina 282 +2; T4. Mississippi State 282 +2; T6. LSU 283 +3; T6. Georgia 283 +3; T6. Tennessee 283 +3; 9. Vanderbilt 284 +4; 10. Ole Miss 288 +8; 11. Kentucky 296 +16; 12. Alabama 297 +17.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 70)
T1. Bryden Macpherson, Georgia, 67 -3; T1. Dalton Owens, Arkansas, 67 -3; 3. Trey DelGreco, Vanderbilt, 68 -2; T4. Billy Brozovich, Ole Miss, 69 -1; T4. Wesley Bryan, South Carolina, 69 -1; T4. Austin Cook, Arkansas, 69 -1; T4. Andres Echavarria, Florida, 69 -1; T4. Hunter Hamrick, Alabama, 69 -1; Lee Heaton, Mississippi State, 69 -1; T4. Will McCurdy, Auburn, 69 -1; T4. Cole Moreland, Auburn, 69 -1; T4. Jonathan Randolph, Ole Miss, 69 -1; T4. Robin Wingardh, Tennessee, 69 -1.

LSU SCORES
T14. Andrew Loupe, 70 E
T14. John Peterson, 70 E
T26. Austin Gutgsell, 71 +1
T30. Josh Jones, 72 +2
59. Sang Yi, 82 +12