Men's Golf Returns to National Rankings

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Men's Golf Returns to National Rankings

BATON ROUGE – After wrapping up the month of March with two wins and a runner-up finish in four tournament appearances, the LSU men’s golf team has climbed back into the national rankings this week as it competes in its regular-season finale at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas.

The Tigers are ranked No. 23 in the Golfstat Top 25 ranking released Wednesday and No. 24 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released Sunday night.

LSU’s ascent into the national rankings comes on the heels of its third tournament victory of the season at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C, on March 30 where the team fired its second-lowest tournament score of the season at 7-under par 845.

In the month of March, the Tigers also picked up a runner-up finish at the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on March 2 and a win at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette on March 9. LSU has won a total of three tournament titles on the season, which also includes a victory on its home turf at the David Toms Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Oct. 27.

The Tigers have been led by a pair of All-SEC and All-America candidates this season as juniors Andrew Loupe and John Peterson are ranked among the Top 100 college golfers in the country by Golfweek.

Loupe, who leads the team with four Top 10 finishes and a 72.0 scoring average in nine tournament starts this season, has climbed all the way to No. 39 on Golfweek’s rankings of the nation’s best college golfers. Peterson, who has already been named to the watch list for this year’s Ben Hogan Award honoring the top college player in the country, comes in at No. 78 in this week’s Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

The Tigers teed off this morning in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, that will be held today and Tuesday at the University of Texas Golf Club. They will then head to St. Simons Island, Ga., in one week to compete in the 2010 SEC Men’s Golf Championships being held April 16-18.

Golfstat Top 25 (updated March 31)
1. Oklahoma State
2. Stanford
3. Washington
4. Oregon
5. Texas A&M
6. UCLA
7. Texas
8. Arizona State
9. Augusta State
10. UNLV
11. Illinois
12. Florida State
13. Georgia Tech
14. Southern California
15. Virginia
16. Alabama
17. South Carolina
18. Florida
19. Texas Tech
20. Georgia
21. Clemson
22. North Florida
23. LSU
24. TCU
25. San Diego

Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index (updated April 4)
1. Oklahoma State, 69.80
2. Augusta State, 70.26
3. Stanford, 70.34
4. Texas A&M, 70.51
5. Washington, 70.53
6. Texas, 70.58
7. UCLA, 70.61
8. Southern California, 70.83
9. South Carolina, 70.84
10. Florida, 70.85
11. Illinois, 70.86
T12. Florida State, 70.93
T12. UNLV, 70.93
14. Oregon, 70.96
T15. Clemson, 70.98
T15. Arizona State, 70.98
17. TCU, 71.00
18. Georgia, 71.12
19. Virginia, 71.15
20. Georgia Tech, 71.16
21. Alabama, 71.18
22. Texas Tech, 71.22
23. North Florida, 71.25
24. LSU, 71.30
25. Oregon State, 71.33