September 22, 2017
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – LSU All-American and defending Maui Jim Intercollegiate individual champion Luis Gagne set the early pace for the Tigers in their own title defense as he fired a 1-under par 71 in Friday’s opening round at Desert Forest Golf Club to crack the Top 10 of the leaderboard in a tie for seventh place.
Gagne finds himself just three shots off the lead after Kent State’s Gisli Sveinbergsson posted a first-round 4-under 68. He was crowned the 2016 champion with his career-best score of 17-under par 196.
The Tigers, who won the inaugural Maui Jim Intercollegiate with a school-record score of 41-under par at Mirabel Golf Club last fall, opened their team-title defense with a score of 5-over 293 to tie Lipscomb for sixth in the team standings after 18 holes. Kent State was the only team in the field to break par on the day with a team round of 7-under par 281 to grab an eight-shot lead over Arizona State and Minnesota.
Sophomore Philip Barbaree also helped lead the No. 7-ranked Tigers in Friday’s opening round as he holed out with an even-par 72 to finish the day in a tie for 11th place on the leaderboard and just one shot outside of the Top 10. LSU also counted scores of 1-over 73 by freshman Trey Winstead and matching 5-over 77s by junior Nathan Jeansonne and freshman Jacob Bergeron.
Check back later tonight for the full Round 1 recap, courtesy of LSUsports.net.
MAUI JIM INTERCOLLEGIATE – FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM RESULTS (Par 288)
1. Kent State 281 -7; T2. Arizona State 289 +1; T2. Minnesota 289 +1; 4. Georgia Tech 291 +3; 5. Kansas 292 +4; T6. LSU 293 +5; T6. Lipscomb 293 +5; 8. Rice 297 +9; 9. Nebraska 298 +10; 10. Georgia State 300 +12; T11. Augusta 306 +18; T11. Gonzaga 306 +18; 13. Hawaii 332 +44.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 72)
1. Gisli Sveinbergsson, Kent State, 68 -4; 2. Noah Norton, Georgia Tech, 69 -3; T3. Chris Doody, Kent State, 70 -2; T3. Bjarki Petursson, Kent State, 70 -2; T3. Blake Wagoner, Arizona State, 70 -2; T3. Riley Johnson, Minnesota, 70 -2; T7. Luis Gagne, LSU, 71 -1; T7. Nick Budd, Georgia State, 71 -1; T7. Eric Ansett, Lipscomb, 71 -1; T7. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb, 71 -1.
* – Indicates player competing as an individual.