Burns' Debut 69 Leads Tigers in CCCC Round 1

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Burns' Debut 69 Leads Tigers in CCCC Round 1

ROCKY FACE, Ga. – Shreveport native Sam Burns carded five birdies and two bogeys for a round of 3-under par 69 in his collegiate debut to tie for second place on the leaderboard and fire the Tigers into fourth place overall in the team standings in Friday’s opening round at the 27th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at The Farm Golf Club.

Burns wrapped up his first round as an LSU Tiger just three shots off the individual lead held by Georgia Tech’s Jacob Joiner, who fired a season-opening 6-under 66 to grab the first-round lead.

Burns was backed up by senior Zach Wright and junior Eric Ricard in the lineup as LSU’s two All-Americans posted matching rounds of even-par 72 in Friday’s opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic to end the day in a tie for 12h place on the individual leaderboard and just one shot outside the Top 10 in the field of 81 of the nation’s leading collegiate players.

The trio led the Tigers into fourth place in the first round of the 2015 fall season as they posted a team total of 3-over par 291 to finish the day just five shots off the lead with Georgia Tech holding the early edge for the championship at 2-under par 286. The Yellow Jackets were the only team in the field to break par on the day as they holed out in the afternoon with a three-shot advantage in the team standings.

Alabama and South Carolina ended the day with matching team rounds of 1-over par 289 to tie for second place, while Auburn rounded out the Top 5 with a total score of 6-over par 293 in the opening round.

Burns was brilliant in his debut round as a Tiger, highlighted by a run of three-straight birdies at the par-three fifth, par-four sixth and par-four seventh holes to move to 3-under par in his round. After he made the turn at 3-under par on the front nine, Burns dropped to 4-under par for the day with a birdie at the par-five 12th hole before giving a shot back with a bogey at the par-four 14th hole en route to a 3-under par 69.

Wright was steady in the first round of his senior season as he traded a birdie at the par-three fifth with a bogey at the par-four 18th for an even-par round of 72 on Friday afternoon. Ricard equaled his teammate with a score of even-par 72 that featured an eagle 3 at the par-five 12th hole along with four birdies and six bogeys as they tied one another for 12th place in the tournament’s opening round.

Rounding out LSU’s lineup in the opening round of the 2015-16 season were freshman Luis Gagne and sophomore Blake Caldwell. Gagne posted a final score of 6-over 78 in his collegiate debut to tie for 53rd place while Caldwell followed with a season-opening round of 7-over 79 to trail in a tie for 63rd place in his return trip this season to the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.

After finishing the first round in fourth place in the team standings, the Tigers will tee off along with Auburn and Clemson in Saturday’s second round with tee times beginning at 8:15 a.m. CT from the first tee. Fans are able to follow the Tigers through Golfstat’s live scoring that is available online throughout the tournament at http://www.golfstat.com.

27th-ANNUAL CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

TEAM SCORES (Par 288)
1. Georgia Tech 286 -2; T2. Alabama 289 +1; T2. South Carolina 289 +1; 4. LSU 291 +3; 5. Auburn 293 +6; T6. Clemson 296 +8; T6. Ole Miss 296 +8; 8. South Florida 297 +9; T9. Kennesaw State 299 +11; T9. North Carolina 299 +11; 11. Tennessee 303 +15; 12. Florida 304 +16; 13. Chattanooga 305 +17; 14. North Florida 307 +19; 15. Dalton State 315 +27.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
1. Jacob Joiner, Georgia Tech, 66 -6; T2. Sam Burns, LSU, 69 -3; T2. Tom Lovelady, Alabama, 69 -3; T2. Davis Riley, Alabama, 69 -3; T5. Stephen Behr, Clemson, 70 -2; T5. Forrest Gamble, Ole Miss, 70 -2; T7. Aksel Olsen, South Florida, 71 -1; T7. Wes Gosselin, Chattanooga, 71 -1; T7. Chris Petefish, Georgia Tech, 71 -1; T7. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 71 -1; T7. Michael Johnson, Auburn, 71 -1.

LSU SCORES
T2. Sam Burns, 69 -3
T12. Eric Ricard, 72 E
T12. Zach Wright, 72 E
T53. Luis Gagne, 78 +6
T63. Blake Caldwell, 79 +7