LSU Falls to Auburn, 4-1, in SEC Semifinals
St. Simons Island, Ga. – Four solid days of golf came to a close on Saturday afternoon for the 11th-ranked LSU men’s golf team. After knocking off No. 2 Texas A&M in the SEC quarterfinals, the Tigers were topped by No. 9 Auburn at the Seaside Course by a tally of 4-1 in the semifinals .
Nathan Jeansonne was the only LSU victor in the afternoon session with a 1 up triumph over Wells Padgett. Jeansonne went a perfect 2-0 in match play at the SEC Championship and never trailed all day long. Against Padgett, he built a lead as large as 3 up through the 15th hole before losing both the 16th and 17th holes. After LSU no longer had a chance to win the team match, Jeansonne was awarded a win without playing the 18th hole.
LSU lost three of its four matches on the 18th hole or later. Jacob Bergeron entered the 18th hole down one and he parred the hole while Brandon Mancheno bogied to send the match to extra holes. Bergeron dropped the 19th hole of the match to give Mancheno the win. Philip Barbaree and Luis Gagne lost both of their matches on the 18th hole. Trey Winstead was one down on the 18th hole when Auburn secured the match, therefore his match was terminated and the win was given to Ryan Knop.
The Tigers will now await so learn of the destination for the NCAA Championship. The NCAA selection show will be Wednesday evening on the Golf Channel.