Men’s Golf Uses Strong Finish to Remain In Fifth Place at Legends

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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Men’s Golf Uses Strong Finish to Remain In Fifth Place at Legends

Nashville, Tenn. Connor Gaunt (-5) and Garrett Barber (-3) continued their phenomenal play for the LSU men’s golf team on Monday at the Vanderbilt Legends Intercollegiate. The Tigers carded their lowest round of the season, a 9-under 275, to hold steady in fifth place at 17-under 551 (276-275) after two rounds at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

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For the second straight day the Tigers showed their scoring power on the back nine with a combined 16 birdies and an eagle. LSU finished the back nine at 13-under on Monday after shooting 10-under during the later stages of Sunday’s round.

Gaunt followed Sunday’s 4-under 67 with a 5-under 66 on Monday to register his lowest round as a member of the LSU golf team. His two-day total of 9-under 133 has him tied for seventh place after 36 holes. The sophomore from Cabot, Ark., went out in 1-under 34. A bogey on the par 4 13th brought him back to even par for the day, but he finished with a flurry unlike any other. Three birdies and an eagle in his final five holes boosted his round to the final 5-under 66 tally on the par 71 course. He birdied No. 14, 16, and 17 before coming to the par 5 18th hole that plays at 527 yards. Gaunt reached in two and rolled in a 8 foot eagle putt to close out the day.

Barber’s finish was equally as impressive as Gaunt’s. A day after firing a 6-under 65, Barber found himself sitting at 2-over for the day after 11 holes played. He proceeded to comeback and birdie five of his final seven holes to finish at 3-under 68 for the round. His two-day total is also at 9-under alongside Gaunt in a tie for seventh place.

Barber’s 14 birdies through two rounds are tied for the most in the field, and Gaunt’s 13 are tied for the third most. LSU as a team ranks second in the field for birdies made with 46. Gaunt and Barber have been superb on par 3’s playing the eight par 3s through two rounds at 3-under apiece, a mark that leads the field.

Trey Winstead (-1) and Philip Barbaree (E) turned in counting scores to finish off LSU’s team round. Winstead closed with a 3-under 33 after going out in 2-over 37 for his 1-under 70. Barbaree closed his round with two birdies in the final two holes to bring his scorecard back to even. Drew Doyle was the final LSU player of the day and he finished with a 1-over 72. Winstead and Barbaree are tied for 45th at 1-over 143, and Doyle is tied for 51st at 2-over 144.

Vanderbilt held its lead and is 10 shots clear of the field at 32-under 536. Julian Perico (Arkansas) and Matthew Riedel (Vanderbilt) share the solo lead at 12-under 130.

LSU will close out the Vanderbilt Legends Intercollegiate on Tuesday. The Tigers will play alongside Florida and Arkansas and tee off at 9:20 a.m. CT. Doyle will go off at 9:20 and be followed by Barbaree, Winstead, Gaunt, and Barber.