Men’s Golf Tied For Fourth at Blessings Collegiate Invitational
Fayetteville, Ark. – Led by Trey Winstead’s 2-under par 70, the LSU men’s golf team carded an opening round 3-over par 291 on Monday at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational. LSU is tied for fourth after 18 holes of play alongside Alabama.
The Tigers started on No. 10 Monday morning at the challenging Blessings Golf Club and played in a fivesome with LSU players only, as did the rest of the teams in the field. Winstead’s 2-under 70 has him two shots off the lead in a tie for fourth place. Winstead carded five birdies, 10 pars, and three bogeys in the opening round. It was a strong finish for Winstead that propelled him up the leaderboard late in the day. The senior was sitting at even par after 13 holes before back-to-back birdies on the par 5 fifth and par 4 sixth moved him to 2-under for the day.
Connor Gaunt and Nicholas Arcement provided scores for LSU in their debuts. Gaunt, a sophomore transfer from Arkansas Tech, carded a 1-over 73 and had three birdies, 11 pars and four bogeys in his debut; he is in a tie for 19th place. Arcement, the freshman from Thibodaux, La., battled all day long and went out in even par 36 before turning in a 2-over 38 on the final nine holes for his total of 2-over 74; that has him in a tie for 27th place.
Garrett Barber was the final counting score for LSU on day one with a 2-over 74 (T27th). He made the turn at 4-over par, but two birdies and seven pars on the back nine steadied the round for him. Philip Barbaree finished with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 33rd place
LSU made the fourth most birdies in the field on day one with 17. Arcement played exceptional on the par 3s going a combined -2 on those four holes, a mark that was the second lowest of the day in the field of 70 players. Winstead played the 10 par 4s on the course to the tune of 1-under par, which was the fourth lowest number of the day on par 4s.
Tennessee was the only school to shoot under par on the day and are the clubhouse leaders at 8-under 280. Tennessee’s Hunter Wolcott had the low round of the day with a 4-under 68.
LSU will tee off Tuesday morning at 8:49 a.m. CT off the first tee. The Golf Channel will once again have live coverage of Tuesday’s action in the 2:30-6:30 p.m. CT time slot.