The LSU men’s golf team roared into contention Tuesday for a return trip to the NCAA championships, compiling a hot 16-under 272 to vault from seventh to third in the NCAA Franklin (Tennessee) regional outside Nashville.
The top five teams from each of six regionals, plus the top individual whose team doesn’t advance, go to the NCAA championships later this month in Eugene, Oregon.
Junior Eric Ricard led the way for LSU’s reigning NCAA champions on Tuesday, shooting a 7-under 65 while Sam Burns, the former No. 1-ranked junior in the world, shot a 67. Burns is tied for eighth overall at 7-under while Ricard is tied for 11th at 5-under.
The Tigers are at 16-under 560, a distant 21 strokes behind leader Texas but just four back of second-place Virginia. Kennesaw State and host Vanderbilt are tied for fourth in the last two transfer spots at 562.
Luis Gagne is tied for 29th at 1-under, Zach Wright is tied for 40th at 1-over and Brandon Pierce is tied for 47th at 2-over.
In the NCAA Stillwater (Oklahoma) regional, Southland Conference champion McNeese State goes into Wednesday’s final round in contention to advance. The Cowboys are in seventh place at 37-over 613, but only two strokes back of fifth-place Louisville.
UL-Lafayette’s Haraldur Magnus, also playing in the Stillwater regional as an individual, was tied for 69th after a 9-over 81.
Conference USA champion Louisiana Tech was in 12th place after two rounds in the NCAA Marana (Arizona) regional outside Tucson.