Wright's 66 Fires Tigers to 4th in Opener

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Wright's 66 Fires Tigers to 4th in Opener

ROCKY FACE, Ga. – LSU’s senior All-American Zach Wright played a nearly flawless final round at The Farm Golf Club while firing a 6-under par 66 to tie for fourth place individually and lead the No. 2-ranked LSU Tigers into fourth place in the final team standings at the 27th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic wrapping up Sunday afternoon.

With one eagle, five birdies and just one bogey on his scorecard, Wright soared 18 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth place at 1-under par 215 to earn his first top-10 finish of the 2015-16 season.

After teeing off in Sunday’s final round alone in sixth place in the team standings, the defending NCAA Champion Tigers equaled their first-round score with a 3-over par 291 while climbing two spots into fourth place in the final team standings at 19-over par 883. They improved upon their sixth-place finish from a season ago when kicking off their national championship season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.

The Auburn Tigers outclassed the rest of the 15-team field this weekend while taking home a nine-shot victory over runner-up Clemson as they posted a winning score of 4-over 868, including a 1-under 287 in the final round. South Carolina followed in third place with a score of 16-over 880, while Georgia Tech rounded out the Top 5 of the final standings at 21-over 885 in three rounds.

Wright matched the lowest round of his collegiate career with the lowest round of the tournament in Sunday’s final round as he wrapped up the weekend with a 6-under 66. He last posted a 6-under par round of 66 at the 2013 Louisiana Classics en route to winning his first collegiate title during the spring season of his freshman year.

Wright turned at 2-under par with a score of 34 on his front nine thanks to birdies at the par-four third, par-four sixth and par-five ninth holes along with his only bogey on the day at the par-three eighth hole. The back nine featured an eagle 3 at the par-five 12th hole to drop to 4-under par for the day, before finishing with a 6-under 66 thanks to birdies at the par-three 13th and par-four 18th holes.

A 2015 PING Honorable Mention All-American from Phoenix, Arizona, Wright captured his eighth career top-10 finish by tying for fourth place at the 27th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.

After firing a career-low round of 1-under par 71 in Saturday’s second round, sophomore Blake Caldwell followed with a 1-over 73 in Sunday’s final round to wrap up his best collegiate finish by tying for 19th place in the team’s 2015-16 season opener. Caldwell’s final-round 73 featured three birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey to follow Wright as the second-lowest Tiger on the day.

Freshman Sam Burns also cracked the Top 20 of the final leaderboard in his collegiate debut as he matched Caldwell’s effort in tying for 19th place overall with a score of his own at 7-over par 223. Burns’ collegiate debut included a 3-under par 69 in his first round as an LSU Tiger, while he also added a 4-over 76 toward LSU’s team total in the final round.

Fellow freshman Luis Gagne rounded out LSU’s lineup in the final round as he matched Burns’ performance with a 4-over 76 on Sunday afternoon to move into a tie for 45th place on the final leaderboard at 13-over par 229 for the weekend. Junior All-American Eric Ricard ended his weekend with a 6-over 78 in the final round to tie for 39th place at 12-over par 228 in the event.

Georgia Tech’s Jacob Joiner was crowned the individual champion at this year’s Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic with a score of 4-under 212 to finish one shot clear of Clemson’s Austin Langdale and Stephen Behr.

With their 2015 fall season off and running, the Tigers will break for two weeks before traveling to Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa, as the defending champions at the 2015 Golfweek Conference Challenge as they look to retain their crown in the event scheduled to run from Sept. 25-27. They will then play host to the seventh-annual David Toms Intercollegiate at The University Club in Baton Rouge from Oct. 10-11.

27th-ANNUAL CARPET CAPITAL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Auburn 293-288-287 – 868 +4; 2. Clemson 296-287-294 – 877 +13; 3. South Carolina 289-295-296 – 880 +16; 4. LSU 291-301-291 – 883 +19; 5. Georgia Tech 286-296-303 – 885 +21; 6. Alabama 289-289-317 – 895 +31; 7. Florida 304-299-296 – 899 +35; 8. Tennessee 303-296-301 – 900 +36; 9. North Carolina 299-303-301 – 903 +39; 10. Kennesaw State 299-297-310 – 906 +42; 11. South Florida 297-301-309 – 907 +43; T12. Chattanooga 305-306-302 – 913+49; T12. Ole Miss 296-310-307 – 913 +49; 14. North Florida 307-306-308 – 921 +57; 15. Dalton State 315-303-314 – 932 +68.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Jacob Joiner, Georgia Tech, 66-74-72 – 212 -4; T2. Austin Langdale, Clemson, 73-71-69 – 213 -3; T2. Stephen Behr, Clemson, 70-69-74 – 213 -3; T4. Zach Wright, LSU, 72-77-66 – 215 -1; T4. Sam Horsfield, Florida, 74-69-72 – 215 -1; 6. Wes Gosselin, Chattanooga, 71-74-71 – 216 E; T7. Chad Merzbacher, Tennessee, 75-69-72 – 217 +1; T7. Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina, 72-71-74 – 217 +1; T7. Davis Riley, Alabama, 69-70-78 – 217 +1; 10. Jacob Solomon, Auburn, 73-73-72 – 218 +2.

LSU SCORES
T4. Zach Wright, 72-77-66 – 215 -1
T19. Sam Burns, 69-78-76 – 223 +7
T19. Blake Caldwell, 79-71-73 – 223 +7
T39. Eric Ricard, 72-78-78 – 228 +12
T45. Luis Gagne, 78-75-76 – 229 +13