Jeansonne Fires Career Low in Final Round in Iowa

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Golfweek Conference Challenge Final Results +0
Jeansonne Fires Career Low in Final Round in Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa – Freshman Nathan Jeansonne followed his previous best round of 1-under par 71 on Saturday with a new career low of 3-under par 69 on Sunday to tie for 23rd place in his collegiate debut with the Tigers while guiding the team into ninth place in the final standings at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

Fellow freshman Sam Burns also broke par for the second-straight day as he followed his career-low round of 4-under 68 in the second round with a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish as the top Tiger in the event in a tie for 16th place overall. Burns earned a top-20 finish for the second time in as many starts after tying for 19th place in his debut at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic two weeks ago.

Junior Rhyne Jones fired his low round as an LSU Tiger with an even-par 72 in Sunday’s finale, while senior All-American Zach Wright added a 1-over par 73 toward LSU’s team total in the final round.

The Tigers also broke par for the second day running as they posted their best team score of the weekend with a 3-under par 285 in the final round to place ninth in the final team standings with their 54-hole total of 5-over par 869. They also fired a 2-under 286 in Saturday’s second round to finish 5-under par in the final 36 holes of the event.

The tournament host Iowa Hawkeyes outlasted the NC State Wolfpack to win the team title at this year’s Golfweek Conference Challenge after firing a 22-under par 842 in three rounds for a three-shot win, including a round of 15-under 273 to take the lead in the second round. NC State followed in second place in the final standings with a total score of 19-under 845 for the weekend and 7-under 281 in the final round.

Rounding out the top five of the final team standings were Idaho in third place at 18-under 846, Kansas State in fourth place at 12-under 852 and Charleston Southern in fifth place at 9-under 855 for the tournament.

Jeansonne enjoyed a collegiate debut to remember in leading the Tigers in the final round as he posted five birdies and two bogeys on his scorecard en route to a team-leading 3-under 69 on the day. After starting the round on the 14th hole with an early shotgun start, Jeansonne dipped into red figures with his first birdie of the round at the par-five 18th hole, before dropping to 4-under par with birdies at the par-three third, par-five fourth and par-three seventh holes on the front nine through 12 holes on the day.

After giving a shot back with a bogey at the par-four eighth hole, Jeansonne traded shots with a birdie at the par-four 11th hole and a bogey at the par-three 12th hole en route to a round of 3-under 69. The Shreveport, Louisiana, native bounced back in a big way from his 4-over 76 in Friday’s first round while playing the final 36 holes of the weekend at 4-under par.

Burns, who was Jeansonne’s teammate at Shreveport’s Calvary Baptist Academy as high school standouts, earned his best career finish in two collegiate starts by tying for 16th place on the final leaderboard.

A double bogey at the par-five second hole proved to be the only blemish on Burns’ scorecard in the final round as he fell back to even-par for the day following birdies at the par-three 15th and par-five 18th holes after teeing off from hole No. 12 to start the round. He got back into red figures down the stretch with a birdie at the par-four eighth hole to break par for the third time in six rounds this season with a 1-under par 71.

Wright wrapped up this year’s Golfweek Conference Challenge in a tie for 38th place at 4-over 220 for the weekend, including his 1-over 73 in the final round, while Jones tied junior All-American teammate Eric Ricard in a tie for 51st place overall with their matching scores of 9-over 225 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course. Ricard rounded out the lineup with a 5-over 77 in Sunday’s final round.

With the 2015 fall season now in full swing, the Tigers will break for two weeks before returning to the course Oct. 10-11 when they play host to their seventh-annual David Toms Intercollegiate at The University Club in Baton Rouge. LSU is the defending champion of its home tournament after winning last year’s title with a score of 27-over par 891.

GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE – FINAL ROUND RESULTS

TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Iowa 284-273-285 – 842 -22; 2. NC State 269-295-281 – 845 -19; 3. Idaho 293-277-276 – 846 -18; 4. Kansas State 290-279-283 – 852 -12; 5. Charleston Southern 281-293-281 – 855 -9; 6. SMU 289-284-284 – 857 -7; 7. Long Beach State 295-289-277 – 861 -3; 8. VCU 290-286-287 – 863 -1; 9. LSU 298-286-285 – 869 +5; 10. San Jose State 295-292-289 – 876 +12; 11. Eastern Michigan 292-287-303 – 882 +18; 12. Furman 309-295-290 – 894 +30; T13. Southern Illinois 300-302-298 – 900 +36; T13. Army 304-291-305 – 900 +36; 15. Pacific 310-291-304 – 905 +41.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
T1. Raymond Knoll, Iowa, 66-67-72 – 205 -11; T1. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State, 72-67-66 – 205 -11; T3. Austin James, Charleston Southern, 66-72-70 – 208 -8; T3. Cody Blick, San Jose State, 72-65-71 – 208 -8; T5. Nate Yankovich, Iowa, 73-66-70 – 209 -7; T5. Davis Richards, NC State, 69-73-67 – 209 -7; T7. Jake Scarrow, Idaho, 74-68-68 – 210 -6; T7. Alex Higgs, SMU, 73-70-67 – 210 -6; T7. Carson Schaake, Iowa, 73-66-71 – 210 -6; T10. Adam Ball, VCU, 71-69-71 – 211-5; T10. Daniel Chian, Long Beach State, 74-72-65 – 211 -5; T10. Michael Chen, Long Beach State, 73-71-67 – 211 -5.

LSU SCORES
T16. Sam Burns, 74-68-71 – 213 -3
T23. Nathan Jeansonne, 76-71-69 – 216 E
T38. Zach Wright, 72-75-73 – 220 +4
T51. Rhyne Jones, 77-76-72 – 225 +9
T51. Eric Ricard, 76-72-77 – 225 +9