Men's Golf Wins Fall Finale in Hawaii
MAUI, Hawaii – After teeing off in Sunday’s final round three shots clear of the field, the 10th-ranked LSU Tigers closed out their fall season with a team score of 6-under par 278 to take home a seven-shot victory from the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic at Ka’anapali Golf Resort for their second win of the fall season.
Junior Nathan Jeansonne led the charge on the day with a team-low 3-under 68 as he carded an eagle and two birdies against just one bogey to move himself 19 spots up the final leaderboard into 26th place.
Freshman Jacob Bergeron followed with a 2-under 69 and sophomore Philip Barbaree also broke par with a 1-under 70 as they tied one another for fifth place overall as the top Tigers at 8-under par for the weekend. It was a final round that also saw freshman Trey Winstead contribute an even-par 71 toward LSU’s team score to finish the event one shot outside the Top 10 in 12th place at 6-under par.
Junior All-American Luis Gagne, who opened with LSU’s lowest round of the tournament with a 7-under 64 on Friday, closed out the event with a 1-over 72 to tie for 18th place in the final standings at 3-under par for his efforts. Sophomore Carter Toms tied for 82nd place at 11-over par while competing as an individual, including a score of 3-over 74 on Sunday.
The Tigers lapped the field with a final score of 31-under par 821 in 54 holes at Ka’anapali Golf Club as fellow Southeastern Conference representative South Carolina finished runner-up with a total of 24-under 828. The Cal Bears settled into third place at 23-under 829after opening as the first-round leaders, while Kansas followed in fourth at 19-under 833 and Houston finished fifth at 10-under 842 to round out the Top 5.
With the win in its fall finale at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, LSU picked up its second team title in five events this season after also winning its own David Toms Intercollegiate held in Baton Rouge back on Oct. 6-7.
“I’m proud of our guys for the way they performed here this weekend. Everyone contributed to this win,” said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead. “We’ve got a tight-knit group of guys with a lot of talent. I’m proud with the way they’ve pulled together as a team this fall and how they’ve represented LSU Golf. This gives us a great platform to continue to improve heading into the spring.”
Barbaree picked up his third top-10 individual finish in five fall starts with a tie for fifth place, while Bergeron matched his teammate with a final score of 8-under par 205 for his second Top 10 of the campaign.
Bergeron carded four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under 69 on the day as he bounced back from a bogey on his first hole at the par-three second with three-straight birdies at the par-four fifth, par-five sixth and par-four seventh holes to move to 2-under par for the day. He traded shots with a bogey at the par-four 11th and birdie at the par-five first to finish with LSU’s second-lowest score of the day. Barbaree had five birdies and four bogeys while breaking par with a 1-under 70 in the final round.
They finished four shots off the pace set by California’s K.K. Limbhasut, who fired a 5-under 66 to take the individual title by one shot over South Carolina’s Scott Stevens with a winning score of 12-under par 201. Andy Spencer of Kansas placed third individually at 10-under par, while Bergeron and Barbaree also followed South Carolina’s Will Miles in fourth place at 9-under par.
Winstead’s Streak Snapped
LSU freshman Trey Winstead arrived in Maui for the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic riding a streak of three-straight top-10 finishes this fall after tying for 10th at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, tying for fifth at the David Toms Intercollegiate and tying for ninth at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational as the leading Tiger in his last appearance two weeks ago.
Winstead was just one shot shy of running his streak to four Top 10s on the spin as he finished the championship alone in 12th place at 6-under par 207, including an even-par round of 71 on Sunday.
Gagne gave the Tigers four top-20 finishers for the weekend as he followed in a tie for 18th place at 3-under par 210, while Jeansonne also broke par for 54 holes with a final tournament score of 1-under par 212 to take home a 26th-place finish. Toms finished at 11-over par in three rounds while wrapping up his third tournament appearance of the fall season.
With two tournament titles in five appearances this fall now in the books, the Tigers will break for winter before returning to action in February with a trip to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where they will compete at the Sea Best Invitational running Feb. 5-6 at the famous TPC Sawgrass. LSU follows with a trip to La Quinta, California, for an appearance at The Prestige at PGA West scheduled for Feb. 19-21.
KA’ANAPALI COLLEGIATE CLASSIC – FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 852)
1. LSU 268-275-278 – 821 -31; 2. South Carolina 268-279-281 – 828 -24; 3. California 266-280-283 – 829 -23; 4. Kansas 277-275-281 – 833 -19; 5. Houston 275-283-284 – 842 -10; 6. Georgia 276-285-286 – 847 -5; 7. Pepperdine 276-296-278 – 850 -2; 8. Boise State 275-295-282 – 852 E; 9. Kent State 272-297-290 – 859 +7; 10. Connecticut 279-293-290 – 862 +10; 11. Gonzaga 287-300-285 – 872 +20; T12. Wyoming 278-290-305 – 873 +21; T12. Bowling Green 282-301-290 – 873 +21; T14. Loyola Marymount 287-291-296 – 874 +22; T14. West Virginia 274-303-297 – 874 +22; 16. Indiana 276-298-303 – 877 +25; 17. Sacramento State 287-303-298 – 888 +36; 18. Hawaii 286-307-297 – 890 +38; 19. Ball State 287-306-301 – 894 +42; 20. Air Force 287-311-314 – 912 +60; 21. Hawaii B 303-303-310 – 916 +64.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 213)
1. K.K. Limbhasut, California, 67-68-66 – 201 -12; 2. Scott Stevens, South Carolina, 65-68-69 – 202 -11; 3. Andy Spencer, Kansas, 68-65-70 – 203 -10; 4. Will Miles, South Carolina, 66-72-66 – 204 -9; T5. Philip Barbaree, LSU, 67-68-70 – 205 -8; T5. Jacob Bergeron, LSU, 69-67-69 – 205 -8; T5. Collin Morikawa, California, 64-68-73 – 205 -8; T5. Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine, 66-72-67 – 205 -8; T9. Brian Humphreys, Boise State, 64-72-70 – 206 -7; T9. George Gardner, Houston, 68-69-69 – 206 -7; T9. Spencer Ralston, Georgia, 68-69-69 – 206 -7.
T5. Philip Barbaree, 67-68-70 – 205 -8
T5. Jacob Bergeron, 69-67-69 – 205 -8
12. Trey Winstead, 68-68-71 – 207 -6
T18. Luis Gagne, 64-74-72 – 210 -3
26. Nathan Jeansonne, 72-72-68 – 212 -1
T82. Carter Toms, 72-78-74 – 224 +11*
* – Denotes player competing as an individual.