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Golf Trio Named to PING All-Region Team

Golf Trio Named to PING All-Region Team

BATON ROUGE – On the eve of Friday’s opening round at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, LSU’s trio of senior Smylie Kaufman, junior Stewart Jolly and junior Curtis Thompson were each named by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the PING All-Southeast Region Team for their outstanding performance during the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers continue to be rewarded for their performance this year as Jolly is already a First-Team All-SEC selection and Thompson is a Second-Team All-SEC selection for the 2013-14 season. Thompson makes a return to the PING All-Southeast Region Team for the second-straight year, while Jolly and Kaufman have each earned their first selection to the squad.

They will be leading the Tigers into the stroke-play competition at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships this weekend as each has cracked the Top 100 player rankings for the final Golfstat power rankings released Wednesday before the start of Friday’s opening round at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Jolly leads the way as the No. 21-ranked player nationally this season, while Thompson is the No. 54-ranked player in the country and Kaufman is the No. 86-ranked player nationally in the Golfstat rankings.

Each has enjoyed the best season of his collegiate career as the team’s three leading scorers for the 2013-14 campaign. Jolly tops the charts with a career-low 71.52 scoring average while earning a team-best three top-five and five top-10 finishes in his 11 tournament starts on the season. Thompson follows with a career-low 71.97 scoring average with two Top 5s and three Top 10s in his 11 appearances, while Kaufman has posted his career-low 72.48 scoring average with two Top 5s and five Top 10s on the season.

Kaufman has actually seen his stock soar as the team’s top performer in the postseason while finishing in second place on the final leaderboard at the SEC Championships and tying for sixth place at the NCAA Columbia Regional, finishing a cumulative 18-under par in his last two appearances. Kaufman fired a low score of 11-under 199 in his career at the SEC Championships before a 7-under 209 in regional play.

Jolly received the honor earlier this spring by being selected as one of 10 members of Team USA that will compete at the 2014 Palmer Cup to be held following the collegiate season on June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. The Palmer Cup is an annual Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top American and top European golfers competing at the collegiate level each season.

Thompson is now a two-time All-SEC and two-time PING All-Southeast Region performer in his own right after earning First-Team All-SEC and all-region honors for the first time in his collegiate career a year ago.

2014 PING All-Southeast Region Team
Jimmy Beck, Kennesaw State
Niclas Carlsson, Auburn
Michael Cromie, Georgia
Paul Dunne, UAB
Greg Eason, Central Florida
Charlie Ewing, Vanderbilt
Joey Garber, Georgia
Matt Gilchrest, Auburn
Oliver Goss, Tennessee
Ricardo Gouveia, Central Florida
Marco Iten, Austin Peay
Stewart Jolly, LSU
Smylie Kaufman, LSU
Chase Koepka, South Florida
Hank Lebioda, Florida State
Jack Maguire, Florida State
MJ Maguire, North Florida
Lee McCoy, Georgia
Wilson McDonald, UAB
Trey Mullinax, Alabama
Matt NeSmith, South Carolina
Stephen Powers, Kentucky
Chad Ramey, Mississippi State
Nicholas Reach, Georgia
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Robby Shelton, Alabama
Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt
Curtis Thompson, LSU
Cory Whitsett, Alabama
Bobby Wyatt, Alabama