Barbaree Named SEC Men's Golfer of the Week

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Barbaree Named SEC Men's Golfer of the Week

Baton Rouge, La. Philip Barbaree’s tie for third place at last week’s ‘The Prestige’ has earned him SEC Golfer of the Week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Barbaree finished the three-day tournament with a 5-under 208 to register the highest finish of his collegiate career. The Shreveport native carded rounds of 73 and 69 in the opening two rounds before he closed with a 5-under 66 in the final round. The 5-under 66 was the lowest round to par of his collegiate career; it included some fireworks and helped lead the LSU men’s golf squad to the team title.

Barbaree got off to a bit of a slow start in that final round as he was at 2-over through six holes. Coming to the par 3 seventh at 2-over, Barbaree righted his round with a three-hole stretch that saw him go birdie-eagle-eagle. The junior followed up his birdie at seven with a chip-in eagle on the par 5 eighth to bring his round total to 1-under. A nice tee shot on the 359-yard par 4 ninth hole found himself with a 92-yard approach shot. The righty landed it about six feet past the hole and spun it back in for his second-consecutive eagle to push his round total to 3-under. He closed out the back nine with a clean scorecard that featured two birdies and seven pars for the 5-under 66.

Barbaree knocked off seven individuals in the Golfstat Top 100 that were ranked ahead of him. His tie for third was the second top-five finish of his junior season and he now is ranked 43rd in the individual collegiate golf rankings.

The 5-under 66 led LSU’s charge to the top of the leaderboard for good. The Tigers fired a final round of 5-under 279 to fend off No. 1 Oklahoma State and win the team title. The 12th-ranked LSU men’s golf team is back in action this weekend at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (March 3-5) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.