Gagne Earns PING All-America Honors
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Luis Gagne cashed in on an outstanding sophomore season with the Tigers on Thursday by earning PING Honorable Mention All-American honors for the second year in a row as he was named by the Golf Coaches Association of America among the top players in all of college golf.
Gagne became the 13th multiple All-American in the history of the LSU Men’s Golf program and the second Tiger to claim All-America honors this season after sophomore teammate Sam Burns was named a PING First-Team All-American and the recipient of the 2017 NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award earlier this month.
Gagne ended the season as the No. 25-ranked player in college golf in the final Golfweek individual player rankings released following the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
The Orlando, Florida, native teed it up in 15 tournaments during the 2016-17 season while earning a career-high seven top-10 and 12 top-20 finishes and posting a career-low 71.35 scoring average in 43 rounds played in the campaign. His stroke average is the fourth-best by an LSU Tiger in a single-season in the last 35 years since 1982.
Among Gagne’s seven top-10 finishes were his first two collegiate wins as he set a 54-hole school record of 17-under par 196 to claim the Maui Jim Intercollegiate crown before tying three of his teammates for the title at the David Toms Intercollegiate during the fall season. His winning score of 17-under par at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate bettered the previous school record in relation to par by five shots.
After finishing as the top Tiger at the SEC Championships where he tied for seventh place, Gagne helped lead LSU back to the NCAA Championships with a third-place individual finish at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in May. He closed out the collegiate season by tying for 47th place individually in his second career start at the NCAA Championships.
His top-10 finishes also include a tie for seventh at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in the fall and a tie for 10th at the Louisiana Classics and second place at the Tiger Classic in the spring.