Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at Jack Nicklaus
DUBLIN, Ohio - With sophomore Andrew Presley leading the way with a 1-over par 73 in Tuesday's final round, the LSU men's golf team wrapped up the second-annual Jack Nicklaus Invitational in seventh place in the final team standings with a 54-hole score of 29-over par 893 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
The Tigers wrapped up the event with a team score of 17-over 305 in the final round to take home seventh place in an elite 12-team field as part of Ohio State's fall championship.
The Texas Longhorns blew away the field in the final round as the only team to break par for the day with a score of 1-under par 287 en route to a 16-stroke victory for the team championship with a 54-hole squad score of 2-under 862. Purdue posted the second-lowest round of the final round at 4-over 292.
The homestanding Ohio State Buckeyes finished well behind Texas for second place in the team race with their cumulative effort of 14-over 878, including a 16-over 304 in Tuesday's action. Illinois earned a third place with a score of 20-over 884, while Kent State took fourth place at 21-over 885 and UCLA took fifth place at 22-over 886 in three rounds of competition at Muirfield Village.
Presley, who opened the championship Monday with scores of 4-over 76 in the first round and a LSU best 2-under 70 in the second round, tied for 12th place on the individual leaderboard after carding a 1-over par 73 on Tuesday afternoon for his 54-hole score of 3-over 219.
Yi, who teed off in the final round in a tie for 13th place overall, wrapped up the championship with a total of 3-over 75 on Tuesday to finish in 15th place at 4-over 220 for the event. Thompson took home his first career top-20 finish as an LSU Tiger while posting a 54-hole score of 7-over 223 in two days at Muirfield Village, including a 4-over 76 in Tuesday's final round.
Fellow freshman Myles Lewis finished in 44th place in his collegiate debut for the Tigers with his score of 16-over 232, while sophomore Franco Castro finished in 53rd place at 22-over 238 for the tournament.
Illinois standout Thomas Pieters led wire-to-wire en route to a two-stroke victory for the individual crown as he fired an even-par 72 in the final round and a winning score of 7-under par 209 in 54 holes during the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Invitational. Purdue's Tyler Duncan and Texas' Jordan Spieth finished two back for a tie for second place on the leaderboard with match tournament scores of 5-under 211.
The Tigers return to action in six days with a trip to Shreveport, La., as they play host for the third-annual David Toms Intercollegiate being held at Southern Trace Country Club. This year's championship will be held in the hometown of its namesake in former Tigers All-American David Toms after being contested at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge in each of its first two seasons in 2009 and 2010.
After playing host to the David Toms Intercollegiate, LSU will wrap up the 2011 fall season Oct. 23-25 at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational being held at Isleworth Golf Club in Windermere, Fla.
JACK NICKLAUS INVITATIONAL - FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Texas 299-276-287 - 862 -2; 2. Ohio State 286-288-304 - 878 +14; 3. Illinois 288-300-296 - 884 +20; 4. Kent State 291-284-310 - 885 +21; 5. UCLA 289-297-300 - 886 +22; 6. Arkansas 299-291-297 - 887 +23; 7. LSU 299-289-305 - 893 +29; 8. Purdue 305-297-292 - 894 +30; 9. TCU 298-299-303 - 900 +36; 10. Oklahoma State 296-304-303 - 903 +39; 11. North Carolina 301-305-307 - 913 +49; 12. Texas Tech 303-296-315 - 914 +50.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 216)
1. Thomas Pieters, Illinois, 66-71-72 - 209 -7; T2. Tyler Duncan, Purdue, 72-70-69 - 211 -5; T2. Jordan Spieth, Texas, 73-66-72 - 211 -5; 4. Luke Guthrie, Illinois, 71-70-72 - 213 -3; T5. Julien Brun, TCU, 71-70-73 - 214 -2; T5. Ethan Tracy, Arkansas, 71-68-75 - 214 -2; 7. Dylan Frittelli, Texas, 75-71-70 - 216 E; 8. Julio Vegas, Texas, 73-69-75 - 217 +1; T9. Anton Arboleda, UCLA, 70-74-74 - 218 +2; T9. Toni Hakula, Texas, 78-70-70 - 218 +2; T9. Alex Redfield, Ohio State, 72-70-76 - 218 +2.