Tigers Earn No. 1 Seed at SEC Championship
St. Simons Island, Ga. – After three days of exquisite golf at the Seaside Course, the LSU men’s golf team earned the No. 1 seed for match play with a three-round total of 6-under par 834 (281-276-277). The Tigers will take on the No. 8 seed Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday morning in the quarterfinals beginning at 6:30 a.m. CT.
LSU, the only school to finish under par, completed stroke play nine shots ahead of Florida (843/+3) and Vanderbilt (843/+3). It’s the 17th time in program history that LSU has claimed the top spot in stroke play at the SEC Championships. The previous 16 times resulted in conference titles for the Tigers, but this year the Tigers will have to reel off three match play wins in a 30-hour period to claim the SEC championship.
How The Tigers Got Here – Full Results
Luis Gagne provided steady play for the Tigers all week long and earned the best finish of his career at the SEC tournament with a 3-under par 207 (66-70-71) that netted him a tie for third place. Gagne closed out the stroke play portion of the tournament with a 1-over par 71 that featured one birdie, 15 pars and two bogeys. The junior from Orlando, Fla., used exceptional play on the par 3s all week long registering a cumulative score of 3-under par (2.75 avg.) to rank first in the tournament.
A pair of underclassmen, Philip Barbaree and Jacob Bergeron, registered 10th-place finishes at even par 210. Barbaree was 8-over par and at the bottom of the leaderboard after the first five holes of the tournament, but he didn’t let that deter him and he casually played the golf course at 8-under par over the next 49 holes to propel himself into a top-10 finish (75-69-66). Barbaree’s final round was a flawless team-low and collegiate career best of 4-under par 66 that included four birdies and 12 pars.
Bergeron stepped up big in his first career SEC tourney providing three scoring rounds of 70, 71 and 69 for the Tigers to earn his tie for 10th place. The freshman recorded three birdies in the final round paired with 13 pars and two bogeys to finish out stroke play with a 1-under 69. Bergeron tallied the second most pars in the field this week with 42.
Nathan Jeansonne carded a final round of 6-over par 76 to finish tied for 21st place at 2-over par 212. Freshman Trey Winstead played his best round of the week with a 1-over par 71; he improved his positioning eight spots in the final round to finish in a tie for 59th place at 13-over par.
The Quarterfinals – Match Play Live Results
The Tigers will tee it up bright and early Saturday against Texas A&M. All pairings are listed below.
6:30 a.m. CT – Philip Barbaree vs. Brandon Smith
6:40 a.m. CT – Luis Gagne vs. Andrew Paysse
6:50 a.m. CT – Jacob Bergeron vs. Dan Erickson
7 a.m. CT – Trey Winstead vs. Chandler Phillips
7:10 a.m. CT – Nathan Jeansonne vs. Walker Lee
The team that wins three matches will advance to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon (estimated start time of 12 p.m. CT). The winner of the LSU and Texas A&M match will take on the winner of Auburn and Arkansas. The latter end of the semifinal match will be streamed on WatchESPN.